Is this really a pivot? He says he has a few regrets, but didn't name any. Here are a few things he might feel bad about.
Donald Trump said today that there were a few things he regretted saying in the heat of the campaign. However, he didn't say what he regretted, and everyone immediately suggested that reporters should ask him for specifics. The list below is just off the top of my head, but here are a few things he might admit that he regrets:
Saying I opposed the Iraq War, even though it was a lie.
Implying that I opposed withdrawing from Iraq, even though it was a lie.
Attacking a Muslim family that lost their son in Iraq.
Suggesting that we should register all Muslims in the US.
Saying that Ted Cruz's father was involved in the JFK assassination.
Calling Hillary Clinton the "founder" of ISIS.
Saying that I might break our NATO guarantee by not defending the Baltics.
Trying to renege on a $1 million donation to a vets charity until the Washington Post embarrassed me into it.
Saying the real unemployment rate was 44 percent, which I knew was a lie.
Saying that my companies offered child care to their employees, which was another lie.
Confirming a story that I sent my personal jet to ferry soldiers stuck at Camp Lejeune, yet another lie.
Continually claiming that neighbors of the San Bernardino shooters saw bombs in their apartment, also a lie.
Claiming that I saw a video of Iran unloading pallets of cash.
Claiming that I saw thousands of Muslims celebrating on 9/11, even though I didn't.
Tweeting that 81 percent of white homicide victims are killed by blacks.
Saying that the Obama administration was deliberately sending Syrian refugees to red states, which was a lie.
Saying that Carly Fiorina is ugly.
Repeatedly claiming that America has the highest tax rate in the world, a huge lie.
Telling Anderson Cooper that I still don't really know if Barack Obama was born in the US.
Claiming that more than 300,000 veterans have died waiting for VA care.
Saying that vaccines cause autism, which is a disturbing and genuinely damaging lie.
Denying that I suggested Japan should get nuclear weapons, even though I said exactly that to Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Calling Hillary Clinton a liar when she said—accurately—that I had suggested Japan should get nuclear weapons.
Claiming that judge Gonzalo Curiel was biased against me because of his Hispanic heritage.
Promising that I would tell all Trump properties to allow guns on their premises.
Slyly implying that maybe President Obama is actually sympathetic to ISIS.
Not releasing my income tax returns even though I promised to, and then lying about this being due to an IRS audit.
Saying that John McCain was no kind of war hero because he got captured.
Mocking a disabled reporter in front of a huge crowd.
Claiming in a debate that I never called Marco Rubio "Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator" even though that's exactly what I called him.
Being a cheapskate who never donates any money to charity.
Saying that I support torturing enemy combatants.
Suggesting that maybe somebody ought to assassinate Hillary Clinton.
I think a pivot will help him in the polls, but it might be too late. His base will just feel he's doing it to get independents and doesn't really mean it, so they won't care.
County of Essex
I disagree, to show contriteness you have to do more then just say "I regret some of the things I have done", that could just be he regrets getting caught.
You have to actually acknowledge what you did wrong ans apologize for that.
Yes this will play with those who already support him (cue all the "I don not support Trumpers" coming here and saying how this shows he is capable of learning form his mistakes ect). But I suspect for most people (especially those he has insulted) this just looks like (well not even that much) crocodile tears.
Trump regrets being behind in the polls.
SoRCon 8 27 Feb - 1 Mar 2015 Basildon UK http://www.sorcon.co.uk Essex Games 27 Jul '15
There's a common politician behavior that when asked if he (or she) has ever made any mistakes says yes, because even the most hubristic of politicians recognises that to say no will not go down well. (Thinking no, that's another matter.) But then on being asked for an example, he goes one of three ways:
- Doesn't recall an example.
- Produces an example that is trivial (and usually irrelevant).
- Doubles down on a position. To Godwin myself, a hypothetical example would be Adolf Hitler saying his mistake was being too lenient.
I'm not sure if Trump has been specifically asked. But pretty sure he'd be picking one of the first two if being managed (as this speech seems to have been) or the third (if not).
Sam I am
What did I tell you...
He also regrets having to say that he has regrets.
"I regret that the alternative reality I am encouraging in order to capture votes is not being accepted by a larger proportion of the full electorate".
Sam I am
What did I tell you...
I loved how his regret (pathological lies) was centered around how it "might" hurt someone.
There were serious noises of the Republican Party cutting off funds to his campaign in October, to shift money to crucial down-ballot races.
He's doing this to keep the money flowing.
As long as he has RNC $$$$ tied up in his nest of vipers and dipshits, great.