Kansas Newspaper That Endorsed Trump in 2016 Backs Joe Biden

One of the few newspapers to endorse President Donald Trump in 2016 has thrown its weight behind former Vice President Joe Biden as the 2020 election enters the home stretch.

Kansas' Topeka Capital-Journal formally endorsed the Democratic nominee over the weekend, breaking from the president after giving him its strong support against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton four years ago.

The newspaper's editorial board wrote that Biden "should be the next president of the United States" because "he is caring, trustworthy and experienced. He should be the next president of the United States because he has committed to following the science and leading our country out of this pandemic."

"Yes, you might have heard that he is also a Democrat," the Capital-Journal wrote. "He deserves your support anyway."

"In these difficult times, after four years of chaos and confusion, the United States needs a steady hand," the editorial board wrote.

Trump is leading Biden by 9.3 percent in Kansas, according to poll tracker FiveThirtyEight.

In 2016, the Capital-Journal became one of the few newspapers to endorse Trump, saying he was "a flawed candidate" and hoping that his "bullish tendencies [will be] tempered by the perspectives brought by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence."

"Throughout the arduous and bruising primary and general campaigns, Trump has embraced the traditionally conservative tenets championed by The Topeka Capital-Journal's family ownership," the newspaper wrote at the time.

"It is in line with that philosophy we make our stand today," they said.

However, in 2018 the Capital-Journal joined almost 350 other publications in publishing an editorial criticizing Trump for his attacks on the press. The president had called the press "enemies of the people."

"The people who work for me here, my teammates, they live here, they play here. We're just normal people, too. To make us out to be enemies is just not right," the newspaper's then publisher, Stephen Wade, told CNN two years ago.

The Capital-Journal is one of two conservative-leaning newspapers to opt for Biden over the past few says. New Hampshire's Union Leader endorsed the former vice president on Sunday. He's the first Democrat the newspaper has backed in more than 100 years.

"Building this country up sits squarely within the skill set of Joseph Biden. We have found Mr. Biden to be a caring, compassionate and professional public servant," the Union Leader's editorial board wrote. "He has repeatedly expressed his desire to be a president for all of America, and we take him at his word."

The Union Journal endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president in 2016.

Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden in Pennsylvania
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden takes off his face mask to speak during a drive-in campaign rally at Bucks County Community College on October 24, 2020 in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Biden made two campaign stops in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Saturday. He's recently won endorsements from conservative-leaning newspapers. Drew Angerer/Getty Images