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Kinder-gentler Trump made admission of frailty before packed crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina
GOP presidential candidate said he regrets causing ‘personal pain’
Then launched into attack on Hillary Clinton for her failure to apologize
‘Has she apologized for Iraq? For Libya? For Syria?
Has she apologized for unleashing ISIS across the world?’
Kicked off remarks with emotion mention of ‘sadness’ at floods in Baton Rouge
President Obama has yet to issue a formal statement on the floods
Promised not to ‘leave any community behind’
A contrite-sounding Donald Trump kicked off a rally in North Carolina with expressions of regret and a blunt admission that ‘sometimes you don’t choose the right words.’
The blunt-speaking mogul even admitted having caused ‘personal pain’ – a turnaround for a someone who has said he rarely apologizes because he’s rarely wrong.
‘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,’ Trump told a crowd of several hundred who applauded and chuckled at the unexpected contrition.
‘I have done that, and believe it or not, I regret it – particularly where it may have caused personal pain,’ Trump said. ‘Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.’
‘But one thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth,’ Trump told the crowd.
His self-reflection led to chants of ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!’
Trump isn’t typically keen on apologizing. ‘I fully think apologizing’s a great thing – but you have to be wrong,’ Trump told NBC ‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon this year.
The mogul, famous for telling failed contestants ‘you’re fired!’ on his show ‘The Apprentice, didn’t say who he might have caused ‘personal pain’ to.
He took heat following the GOP convention for his clashes with the gold star parents of slain Army Capt. Khizr Khan. The clash coincided with a drop in the polls.
Fellow Republicans also blasted Trump for his attacks on ‘Mexican’ Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing litigation against Trump University, and who Trump accused of bias.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign issued a statement on Trump’s ‘Teleprompter Regret.’
“Donald Trump literally started his campaign by insulting people,’ said spokeswoman Christina Reynolds.
‘He has continued to do so through each of the 428 days from then until now, without shame or regret. We learned tonight that his speechwriter and teleprompter knows he has much for which he should apologize. But that apology tonight is simply a well-written phrase until he tells us which of his many offensive, bullying and divisive comments he regrets—and changes his tune altogether,’ she added.
After flashing vulnerability, Trump went hard after Hillary Clinton for failing to apologize.
‘Tell me, has Hillary Clinton ever apologized for lying about her illegal email server and deleting 33,000 emails?’ Trump asked.
‘Has Hillary Clinton apologized for turning the State Department into a pay-for-play operation where favors are sold to the highest bidder? Has she apologized for lying to the families who lost loved ones at Benghazi? Has she apologized for putting Iran on the path to nuclear weapons? Has she apologized for Iraq? For Libya? For Syria? Has she apologized for unleashing ISIS across the world?’
Clinton has said she made a mistake by setting up a private email system, and has said her vote for the Iraq war in 2003 was a mistake.
There were other shows of softness for Trump, who this week brought on two new officials to help run his campaign in what was interpreted as a signal the brass knuckles ‘let Trump be Trump’ mantra would prevail.
He spoke emotionally about the devastation caused by flooding in Louisiana, after media outlets noted that President Obama has yet to offer an official statement while on vacation.
ABC affiliate WGNO reported that Trump and running mate Mike Pence are headed to Baton Rouge to tour the flood damage Friday.
‘We are one nation. When one state hurts, we all hurt – and we must all work together to lift each other up. Working, building, restoring together,’ Trump said.
‘Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we send them our deepest condolences,’ he continued, reading from a teleprompter and using language typical of official statements about tragedies.
‘Though words cannot express the sadness one feels at times like this, I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours. We are one country, one people, and we will have together one great future.’
Trump spoke frequently of reaching out to African Americans and Hispanics, two groups with whom he is performing terribly in pre-election polling, in numbers that have him trailing Hillary Clinton overall.
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