Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been criticized for his tendency to speak whatever is on his mind, and some voters have been turned off by his sometimes harsh rhetoric.
Trump addressed those concerns at a recent rally in North Carolina and gave what may have been one of his most presidential-sounding speeches of his short political career.
During the Charlotte rally, the GOP presidential nominee apologized for any “hurtful statements” he has made in the past, saying he regretted causing anyone pain over his words.
“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. “I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”
The businessman-turned-presidential candidate explained that he was’t accustomed to the political world, as he has spent his adult life working in the business sector.
“I’ve never wanted to learn the language of the insiders, and I’ve never been politically correct — it takes far too much time, and can often make it more difficult,” he said.
However, now that he is in the political spotlight, he recognized that sometimes words have to be chosen carefully when addressing our nation’s sensitive issues.
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“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,” he explained. “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.”
But, he continued, his awareness of how his words affect people wouldn’t stop him from being honest with the American people about our problems and what needs to be done to solve them.
“I will always tell you the truth,” he said. “I speak the truth for all of you, and for everyone in this country who doesn’t have a voice.”
Watch Trump’s speech here:
Being able to recognize, admit and apologize for something he believed was wrong shows that Trump is ready to be a respectable leader who listens to concerns and addresses them with humility.
This stands in stark contrast to Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton who refuses to take responsibility — much less apologize — for any of her many shortcomings.
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