GOP frontrunner Donald Trump told a crowd of his supporters in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Saturday that he has no intention of “toning down” his campaign character.
“You know, being presidential’s easy — much easier than what I have to do. Here, I have to rant and rave. I have to keep people going. Otherwise you’re going to fall asleep on me, right,” Trump announced.
Trump made the remarks following a Waterbury, Connecticut, campaign event earlier in the day where he followed the same theme:
“If I acted presidential, I can guarantee you this morning I wouldn’t be here. I sort of don’t like toning it down. Isn’t it nice that I’m not one of these teleprompter guys?”
The New York businessman’s campaign style has been questioned throughout his bid for the GOP nomination and his comments on Saturday at two separate events are at odds with the arrival of strategist Paul Manafort, hired last month to help improve Trump’s image.
At the GOP’s spring meeting Thursday in Hollywood, Florida, Manafort told the Republican National Committee’s members Trump is playing a “part” while campaigning and Party members could expect the real-estate mogul to transform into a more statesmanlike candidate.
“The part that he’s been playing is now evolving into the part that you’ve been expecting,” Manafort told Republicans meeting in Florida.
“He gets it,” Manafort emphasized when addressing top Republicans.
Manafort, a respected political strategist, attorney and former partner with associate with BKSH & Associates in Washington, D.C., was hired in March to assist with campaign management.
Hired at the same moment Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor assault, Manafort has quietly assumed similar responsibilities.
Manafort now has control over hiring, media, advertising and a $20 million budget Trump has on hand for the general election.
[The Hill] [Washington Post] [Photo courtesy nymag.com]