The Rushmore Report: The Shifting Donald Trump


After months of waiting like Vladimir and Estragon for Godot, Republican voters finally got what they’ve been waiting for: THE PIVOT. Trump gave four solid speeches last week. In the final speech, he dropped the line that he should have dropped months ago: he’s sorry. It was smart. And it could change the race. Here’s what you need to know about THE PIVOT.

1. It began with a brilliant move on Louisiana.

The media have completely ignored major flooding in Louisiana, which has now cost 13 lives and displaced tens of thousands of Americans. Barack Obama spent the time golfing. We’re all old enough to remember a time when a president waiting a few hours too long to act publicly meant that he was a racist. But now Trump has taken advantage – he’s showing up in Louisiana today, after announcing last night, “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.”

2. Trump apologized.

Trump has said some particularly awful things in this race. He’s accused a rival’s wife of being ugly and the rival’s father of conspiring with the murderer of JFK. He’s mocked a disabled reporter and gone soft on the KKK. He’s insulted prisoners of war and a Mexican-American judge and a Gold Star family. Yesterday, in one line, he sought to end all the hubbub surrounding those issues: “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. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”

3. Trump posed himself as the practical change candidate.

He used his speech last week to talk about fixing problems. “In the world I come from, if something is broken, you fix it,” he said. He contrasted his own supposed honesty with Hillary Clinton’s congenital dishonesty. This is a good tack from him: everyone knows Hillary is dishonest, and few people believe she has ever solved a problem that provided change to real Americans.

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Ben Shapiro is an American conservative political commentator, nationally syndicated columnist, author, radio talk show host, and attorney.


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