Two weeks ahead of Labor Day, a time that pundits often say is when the general election race actually begins (then why put us through the last year and a half), Donald Trump seems to be attempting an actual pivot under the stewardship of his new campaign manager, Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon.
Yesterday, Trump did something extraordinary (for Trump): He used the word “regret.” He didn’t specify what exactly he regretted, and he certainly didn’t mean it, but he used the actual word.
TRUMP: Sometimes speaking in the heat of debate you say the wrong thing. I've done that. I regret it.https://t.co/PT3rHl6gEJ— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) August 18, 2016
The media (except for the NYTimes) is loving it, because for them, it might mean a horse until November.
Twitter, however, ain’t buying it.
.@joyannreid Joy, Trump gave one of those non-apology apologies: non-specific, loaded with “if’s”, and uses “regret” instead of “sorry.”— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) August 19, 2016
Shorter Trump: I regret stuff that will remain nameless pic.twitter.com/8bpZjP9GcP— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) August 19, 2016
So, to sum up the Trump speech, he expressed regret for being "too honest" about the controversial things he's said. Too honest.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 19, 2016
Trump has been obnoxious for 70 years. Now, facing the prospect of humiliating defeat, he's claiming to regret his behavior. Believe it?— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) August 19, 2016
No - will he REMEMBER expressing regret?— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 19, 2016
RT @AshleyRParker The real question: Will Trump regret expressing regret?
Trump's regret is exactly like a job interview where you say your greatest weakness is that you work too hard.— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 18, 2016
#ManyPeopleAreSaying they regret voting for Trump in primary & thought he was the "Apprentice dude" not a racist dummy.— KLF (@composthappened) August 10, 2016
This is why Trump all of a sudden has regret. Not because he's truly remorseful, but because he's losing. https://t.co/5vvBLHm5SZ— Texas Beth (@Beth7316) August 19, 2016
We teach our kids an apology includes "I'm sorry." It's specific, sincere & requires eye contact w/ those offended. Trump did not apologize.— Tanya (@tgreene319) August 19, 2016
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