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Dare I ask? Has Donald Trump FINALLY turned the corner in this campaign?
He’s been relatively gaffe-free the past couple of weeks, choosing his words more carefully both in speeches and in interviews. He’s shaken up his campaign staff and delivered several top-notch, pre-prepared speeches appealing directly to the voters who would benefit by his policies.
And now, the man who never apologizes for anything has done exactly that — sort of.
On Thursday, as Trump campaigned in Charlotte, North Carolina, a state he must win if he is to have any chance of prevailing in November — yet a state where he has been slipping in the polls lately — Trump expressed regret over statements he has made that caused others “personal pain.”
Without getting into specifics, Trump said, “Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and believe it or not, I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”
Now to be fair, I don’t think Trump should apologize every time he offends some liberal’s delicate sentimentalities. In fact, his dogged refusal to do so has been one of his endearing qualities this campaign and has served to forge a loyal, passionate base. However, when he genuinely makes a mistake and ends up causing someone “personal pain” because of it, an expression of regret can show the public that, although Trump isn’t a professional politician who knows how to carefully craft every words out of his mouth, he does have a heart.
During the same speech, the Republican nominee contrasted himself with “one of the greatest liars of all time,” Hillary Clinton, and said, “In this journey, I will never lie to you. I will never tell you something I do not believe. While sometimes I can be too honest, Hillary Clinton is the exact opposite: She never tells the truth. One lie after another, and getting worse each passing day. Aren’t you tired of the same old lies and the same old broken promises? And Hillary Clinton has proven to be one of the greatest liars of all time.”
Trump also reassured the American people when he said, “I will always tell you the truth.”
Watch the full event below. The statements above appear about 30 minutes in.
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