Megyn Kelly was singing Trump s praises last week, lauding his new presidential tone, but is that true?
The GOP front runner and his team are pledging to do more outreach to Washington Republican leaders and to spend significant amounts of money to run a more conventional campaign.
Mr. Trump, in an interview, acknowledged the need for a shift. “The campaign is evolving and transitioning, and so am I,” he said. “I’ll be more effective and more disciplined.” He’s changing, he said, because “I’m not going to blow it.”
Mr. Trump said he wouldn’t, however, substantially change his personal style and populist message at his huge rallies.
“I’m still the same candidate,” he said. “Can you imagine how upset my supporters would be after waiting for hours?”
That became immediately evident. After his first post-New York rally Wednesday in Indianapolis, Mr. Trump reverted to form, calling Sen. Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary,” while taunting protesters who were being escorted out.
Donald Trump’s new campaign chief Paul Manafort addressed about 100 RNC members in Hollywood, Florida Friday, suggesting Trump’s style amounted to an act. That goes along with Dr. Carson’s view that Trump is two people. Carson described him as someone having a sort of dishonest, superficial twin hiding his deep, contemplative self.
Manafort said, “That’s what’s important for you to understand: That he gets it, and that the part he’s been playing is evolving,” Manafort said, the Times reports. “The negatives are going to come down, the image is going to change, but Clinton is still going to be crooked Hillary.”
“You’ll start to see more depth to the person, the real person,” Manafort added, according to the New York Times.
The Times said it received a tape of the speech by a person attending the meeting.
It’s not illegal to tape in this way in New York, but Trump said maybe they have to go to jail.
“When he’s sitting in a room, he’s talking business. He’s talking politics in a private room. It’s a different persona,” Manafort said, reported NBC News, which also cited a tape of Manafort’s remarks. “When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose.”
Manafort also held out a peace offering to the GOP.
“Is Donald Trump running against the Republican National Committee?” Manafort asked, referring specifically to the candidate’s repeated charge of a “rigged” nominating process.
“The answer is he is not.”
Trump, Manafort said, wants to coordinate his campaign with the “establishment” GOP.
“He gave us the mandate to bring together a team of professionals that could finish the job for him, but could also then begin to link in with the establishment institutions that are part of our party, what you represent, what the state parties represent,” Manafort said. “We’ve started all those conversations…. He cares about the united team.”
Manafort does not want a fractured convention.
“I don’t want a fractured convention, we want this thing to bed early,” Manafort said. “We don’t want to be in Cleveland fighting for a nomination that’s already been decided.”
Manafort might have gotten an agreement with Trump to say that or not but it’s not what Trump said in Connecticut.
He told supporters Saturday that he’s not changing his pitch or style to voters.
“You know, being presidential’s easy – much easier than what I have to do,” he told thousands. “Here, I have to rant and rave. I have to keep you people going. Otherwise you’re going to fall asleep on me, right?”
He told the thousands assembled that he has no intention of reversing his plans to build a wall. “Everything I say, I’m going to do, folks. I’ll do.”
It’s not possible for him to bring back companies, however. Apple won’t come back, none of them will.
In Waterbury, earlier in the day, he said it’s easy to be presidential, making faux boring faces, but, he said he can be serious and policy-minded when he has to be.
Manafort had said the day before to the RNC that Trump’s over-the-top image and attacks were only meant to project an image. “The part that he’s been playing is now evolving.”
Donald Trump has not broken 38% support in the GOP but he’s won more than his competition. In exit polls, one-third of GOP voters say they won’t vote for Trump under any circumstances, handing the election to Hillary. It’s about the same for Cruz.
Watch him as he tells the crowd he will not become more presidential, he’s presidential enough.
Paul Manafort was forced to walk it all back yesterday and even though he said Trump is “evolving” and projecting an image.
“Mr. Trump next week will be still speaking about how he’s going to build a wall. He’s talking about how he’s going to end illegal immigration, how he’s still going to end the unfair trade deals. Nowhere was I talking about there being a different Donald Trump. What I was talking about there being a different environment where different parts of the message will be presented in a way that was different from a campaign rally. So there would be no reason to change who is the man who has been probably the most effective communicator since Ronald Reagan.”