Regrets, he has a few.
A stiff-sounding Donald Trump expressed regret Thursday in an attempt to save his flagging presidential campaign.
“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 said, reading prepared text at a North Carolina rally.
“I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it — and I do regret it — particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ventured into the realm of an apology during his Thursday speech in North Carolina.
The change in tune comes on the heels of a major campaign shake-up that included the hiring of new CEO Stephen Bannon — who previously headed up the alt-right site Breitbart News — and the promotion of pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.
In a reprise of his RNC speech — where he told America, “I am your voice” — Trump touted his honesty.
“One thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth. I speak the truth for all of you, and for everyone in this country who doesn’t have a voice,” he said.
The new, less-combative Trump also sought to bolster support among non-white voters in his remarks in Charlotte.
“I will not rest until children of every color in this country are fully included in the American Dream,” he said, adding that his Democratic opponent “sees communities of color only as votes and not as human beings worthy of a better future.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign said there was nothing sincere about Trump’s contrition.
Enthusiastic supporters in Charlotte cheered on the controversial — and newly contrite — candidate.
“Donald Trump literally started his campaign by insulting people. He has continued to do so through each of the 428 days from then until now, without shame or regret,” spokeswoman Christina Reynolds in a statement.
“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 said.
The campaign helpfully posted links to a small sampling of those the Donald has insulted over the course of his campaign.
Sen. John McCain is one of the many, many people Trump has insulted this election cycle.
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The bloviating billionaire has targeted everyone from Fox News host Megyn Kelly to disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski to the entire state of Iowa.
Recently, he made waves when he turned his focus to the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 by suicide bombers in Iraq.
After Khizr Khan referenced his son’s death as the launching point for an anti-Trump tirade during the DNC in Philadelphia last month, the GOP candidate accused the Gold Star father of not penning his own speech.
Gold Star father Khizr Khan was accompanied by his wife, Ghazala, when he spoke at the Democratic convention.
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“Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it?” he asked ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
He blasted grieving mother Ghazala Khan for not addressing the convention crowd herself.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said.
The Khans fired back in an ABC interview later in the day.
“Running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect Gold Star families and [a] Gold Star mother not realizing her pain,” Khizr Khan said.
“Shame on him! Shame on his family! He is not worthy of our comments. He has no decency. He is void of decency, he has a dark heart.”
With News Wire Services