Donald Trump's College Newspaper in Pennsylvania Endorses Joe Biden for President

The college newspaper at President Donald Trump's alma mater will formally endorse former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election in an editorial to be published later today.

The University of Pennsylvania's Daily Pennsylvanian will back a Democrat against Trump for the second time. In 2016, their opinion board endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton alongside her college newspaper, the Wellesley News.

The paper's editor-in-chief Max Cohen and opinion editor Grant Bianco spoke to Newsweek about the editorial board's decision.

"We feel that as the student paper at President Trump's alma mater we have a unique perspective, especially given how frequently President Trump touts his Wharton education," Bianco said.

Trump attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 1966 to 1968, having previously attended Fordham University for two years.

"[W]e felt it was critical to weigh in on this crucial election, and the majority of the board voted to endorse Biden," Bianco went on.

Cohen and Bianco pointed to a recent poll conducted by the Daily Pennsylvanian that showed 84 percent of University of Pennsylvania students planned to vote for Biden and just 10 percent were opting for Trump.

"I feel the editorial board's choice does reflect the views of the majority of University of Pennsylvania students," Cohen told Newsweek.

"It is certainly a left-leaning campus and the overwhelming support for Biden is expected. But Penn differs from other colleges as it is far less activist-driven, tempered by a pre-professional culture and the pro-business aspect of the Wharton School that educated Trump some 50 years ago," he said.

"While one may not be shocked by the results [of the poll], given that college campuses lean towards supporting Democrats, what is notable is the lack of pride towards arguably our most famous alumnus," Bianco added.

Cohen is relatively unconcerned about potential backlash to the endorsement.

"I am certain the editorial board's endorsement will receive a large amount of criticism from conservatives online, but that is to be expected in this polarized political environment," Cohen said.

"For so many people, this election is more than just a normal vote; it seems like the future of the nation is on the line for both parties. Anything that goes against one's partisan leanings, like an endorsement of a political opponent, will fan those flames of anger."

Pennsylvania is a key state that Trump won in 2016, helping secure him the White House. Biden currently leads there by 5.1 percent, according to poll tracker FiveThirtyEight.

"Pennsylvania is a very diverse state, with a wide range of political views and experiences represented," Bianco said. "Both candidates enjoy significant support here, but we feel like the editorial board captured many of the pro-Biden arguments pretty well."

The Daily Pennsylvanian's endorsement will be published jointly by Newsweek and on the newspaper's website on Tuesday, just one week before the presidential election on November 3.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures as he arrives onstage for a drive-in campaign rally at Dallas High School on October 24, 2020 in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Biden made two campaign stops in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Saturday. President Donald Trump's college newspaper has endorsed him. Drew Angerer/Getty Images