Donald Trump’s campaign admits he has been ‘projecting an image’
In the wake of the New York primary results it is apparent that Donald Trump now believes he will win the 1,237 delegates necessary to avoid a brokered convention and it appears to me that he is beginning to tweak his message. In one day Donald Trump declared he was for raising taxes on the rich, that he hoped to change the Republican platform on abortion, and came out against the North Carolina “bathroom law.” These stories were all reported on The Right Scoop.
Those do not seem like conservative ideas to me but then again Donald Trump is not, nor has he ever been, a conservative. Now one of his aides has come out with a statement which should have all of the billionaire businessman’s supporters wondering if he really is who he is claiming to be.
Here is more:
Donald Trump’s chief lieutenants told skeptical Republican leaders Thursday that the GOP front-runner has been “projecting an image” so far in the 2016 primary season and “the part that he’s been playing is now evolving” in a way that will improve his standing among general election voters.
The message, delivered behind closed doors in a private briefing, is part of the campaign’s intensifying effort to convince party leaders Trump will moderate his tone in the coming months to help deliver big electoral gains this fall, despite his contentious ways.
“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 said in a private briefing.
“You’ll start to see more depth of the person, the real person. You’ll see a real different way,” he said.
The Associated Press obtained a recording of the closed-door exchange.
“He gets it,” Manafort said of Trump’s need to moderate his personality. “The part that he’s been playing is evolving into the part that now you’ve been expecting, but he wasn’t ready for, because he had first to complete the first phase. The negatives will come down. The image is going to change.”
The message was welcomed by some party officials but criticized by others who suggested it raised doubts about his authenticity.
“He’s trying to moderate. He’s getting better,” said Ben Carson, a Trump ally who was part of the GOP’s front-runner’s RNC outreach team.
He is “evolving” now that he believes he is going to be the nominee. Forgive me if I am wrong but doesn’t this sound eerily familiar to the 2012 campaign when one of Mitt Romney’s political advisers said of the candidate “I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign, everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch, you can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.” It sure does to me…
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