Friday, April 22, 2016

MAJOR FLIP FLOP: Trump is "Evolving" to Become Presidential Material (Oops)

The Five Faces of Donald
(No, not new movie, although it seems like a rerun)

GOP Position on Handling Trump

Wow talk about flip-flop or backpedal or whatever cliché we choose … Trump is expert at that. Cite this update (original post follows below):
WATERBURY, CT (AP)  —  A confident Donald Trump told supporters (April 232) that he is “not toning it down,” just one day after his chief adviser, Paul Manafort, assured RNC officials that the GOP front-runner will show more restraint on the campaign trail.
Trump struck back saying, in part: “I'm not toning it down. Isn't it nice that I'm not one of these teleprompter guys?”
Manafort, just one day before, told top Republican officials that his candidate (Trump – known for his over-the-top persona and brashness) has only been “projecting an image, and the part that he's been playing is now evolving for what the expects.”
Trump now turns back and jokes about how it's easy to be presidential, making a series of faux somber faces. But he said told the crowd he can be serious and policy-minded when he has to be, adding: “You know, they say: ‘Donald can be different when he's in a room.' Who isn't? When I'm out here talking to you people, I've got to be different.”
Whew boy – so, Mr. Trump, what is your size? These probably fit just fine.

Related from here, too.

Original Post Here: 
Trump's new campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is trying to make the case to RNC members and anyone else who will listen that Trump has two personalities: One in private, and one on stage, and that he is “evolving.” (* My observation: I thought GOPers didn’t believe in evolution?).
Manafort said that 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, but you'll start to see more depth of the person, the real person. You'll see a real different guy, then added: “He gets it. 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. He's trying to moderate. He's getting better.”
While Trump's top advisers were promising GOP leaders that Trump would moderate his message, the candidate himself was telling voters he wasn't ready to act presidential, saying in part to a crowd in Harrisburg, PA: “I just don't know if I want to do it yet. At some point, I'm going to be so presidential that you people will be so bored.” 
Trump then predicted that the size of his crowds would dwindle if he dialed back his rhetoric so he implied he has to stay and be nasty, insulting, and rude (I guess) for a while longer – i.e., until he locks up the GOP nomination.
Then across GOP la-la land:
  • We see and hear some Republican conservatives starting to talk and champion and hawk conservative types like NE Sen. Ben Sasse; or Former TX Gov. Rick Perry; or Former IN Gov. Mitch Daniels; or, even the current IN Gov. Mike Pence.
  • Still some other Republicans want someone with impeccable national-security credentials like Retired Marine General and Former Commandant, James Mattis.
  • Even a smaller group of Republicans want Mitt Romney to get another shot.
  • Then there are a few moderate Republicans who like NV Gov. Brian Sandoval or Former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Trump is trying to banish (I guess) or simply forget his previous offensive talk  about women, fights with TV anchors and reporters, or his uninformed comments about abortion, birth control, and women’s healthcare in general. E.J. Dionne writes in part that Trump is going about as establishment as he can

Whew boy. Hang on tight. It’s going to be a helluva rocky route all the way until November 8, but the scenery along the way is not going to be pretty. Historic race, yes; but, not the kind we probably will be proud to remember afterwards.

Summary as expressed by “The Donald” himself about becoming president? Yep, zero chance:

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