Perez on Trump becoming less extreme: “It ain’t happening”
April 13, 2017
DNC chair Tom Perez released the following statement on reports that Trump is re-inventing himself to become a less extreme politician.
“Donald Trump’s latest ‘pivot’ is another farce designed by Trump to divert your attention. This time, he’s distracting from his reckless and extreme agenda that has hurt, not helped, countless hardworking Americans. The only plays Trump can execute are lies and fearmongering – look no further than the nationwide deportation force Trump has charged forth to create. Trump is as likely to moderate as my Buffalo Bills are to win the Super Bowl next season. It ain’t happening.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has faked a “pivot” to less extreme positions:
Trump On Pivoting To The General Election: “I May Act Differently But My Thought Process Is The Same.”
QUESTION: “How about in a general election instead of a Republican Primary? Will you have to make changes?”
TRUMP: “I think we will do great in the general. Well, I may act differently but my thought process is the same. You know, when I speak to a group of 10 people in a conference room, I'm not going to be speaking the same way I spoke in Pennsylvania yesterday to 25,000 people. It's a very different thing but I will be saying very similar things.” [Election Night Press Conference, New York NY, 4/26/16]
Trump, When Asked About Pivoting Toward Being Presidential, Said “The Time Is Going To Be Soon.”
USA TODAY: “Is Donald Trump about to make a pivot toward presidential?
In an hour-long interview Thursday in his New York office, Trump promised, ‘The time is going to be soon.’ Trump assured me that he is ready to ‘start building coalitions’ at the right moment. ‘I’ll tell you what else is going to be soon. My whole life I’ve gotten along with people. … People you see excoriating me on TV … are calling my office wanting to get on the team. I actually asked a couple of them, ‘How can you do this after what you said?’ And they said, ‘No problem.’’ At this, The Donald seemed hurt to discover the dirtiness of politics.”