“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways,” ~ James 1:8 (KJV)
Former reality game show host Donald Trump’s new campaign chief Paul Manafort told about 100 top Republican National Committee members at a closed-door meeting that the bloviating billionaire has been “playing a part,” and that his acting role is about to enter the second act in his play.
“That’s what’s important for you to understand: That he gets it, and that the part he’s been playing is evolving,” according to a report from the NY Times, which obtained a recording of the event from an attendee.
“The negatives are going to come down, the image is going to change, but Clinton is still going to be crooked Hillary,” he said, telling the group that Trump was going to suddenly become more presidential on the same day that Trump had returned to his “Lyin’ Ted” smear against Ted Cruz .
Manafort, a long-time establishment Republican “fixer” who has a history of ties to the former Soviet Union, and whose business partner, Charlie Black, runs John Kasich’s presidential campaign (and they both worked with Trump henchman Roger Stone, was recently hired by the campaign to be the “delegate manager” and to virtually replace thuggish Corey Lewandowski, who has been reduced to Trump’s scheduler and bodyman.
Part of Trump’s act has been to demonize the Republican Party’s nomination process — a process that has been in place since 1860 — that the winner is the candidate who can obtain a majority of delegates. Trump now wants the rules to be changed, to accommodate him, to the winner being based on a simple plurality, since it has become highly unlikely that he will get to the magic number of 1,237 of delegates, the majority required to win.
Trump has been calling the system “rigged, digusting, dirty” in states that haven’t benefited him. However, Trump, has won a greater proportion of delegates than the percentage of votes he has received, an indication that the system has actually benefited him more than any other candidate.
Negative favorability ratings, the highest in the history of polling — even higher than highly unlikeable Hillary Clinton — have placed a dark cloud over the bloviating billionaire’s general election chances, but Manafort assured the establishment-types at the meeting that Trump’s negatives were going to come down, outlandishly comparing the positive and inspiring Ronald Reagan to the reality TV show actor.
“Fixing personality negatives is a lot easier than fixing character negatives,” said Mr. Manafort, claiming that Hillary Clinton suffered from character negatives. “You can’t change somebody’s character. But you can change the way somebody presents themselves.”
After referring to rival Ted Cruz, a constitutional conservative with a long track record of standing up to and fighting the establishment in both political parties, as a pussy, Trump told FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren that he’s basically a chameleon who can morph into anything he desires depending on the situation.
“Once you get to a certain level, it changes. I will be changing very rapidly. I’m very capable of changing to anything I want to change to,” he told Van Susteren in February of this year.
Many pundits were shocked when Trump referred to Cruz as “Senator Cruz” in his speech following the win in his home state of New York on Tuesday, leading many to wonder if the Trump scorched earth personality had ended. However, the “Lyin’ Ted” mantra quickly returned to the campaign trail the following day.
So apparently Manafort is saying that all this time, you haven’t seen the real Donald Trump — he’s someone else. Will the next version of Donald Trump be the “real” Donald Trump? Who knows?
“You’ll start to see more depth to the person, the real person,” Manafort promised, citing the “unique magic of Trump.”
This claim by Manafort that Trump has been “playing a part” and that he is “evolving” should also bring into question the contents of the recorded conversation between Trump and the New York Times editorial board which took place on January 5 of this year.
A Times columnist, Gail Collins, wrote that Trump’s entire stance on numerous policies, including immigration and building a wall at the southern border, is just an act that even he doesn’t believe.
“The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal. So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants,because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session.”
To this day, Trump refuses to give the New York Times the okay to release the recording of that portion conversation which was taken off the record.
Donald Trump has an authenticity problem and his convention manager, Paul Manafort, just clearly admitted as such. Maybe this is just a reality TV show stunt as many people have wondered.