Donald Trump, known for his inability to utter the words, “I’m sorry,” or “I apologize,” took a stab — sort of — at apologizing for some of his unhinged statements on Thursday.
Without saying exactly which comments he regretted saying, whether insinuating that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK, or his racist comments about the Indiana-born “Mexican judge” in the Trump University class action lawsuit for fraud, Trump was able to utter that he did regret saying some of the things he’s said on the campaign trail “in the heat of debate.”
“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 at a campaign rally Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina. “I have done that…and believe it or not, I regret it,” he said, after considerable pause in a speech read from a teleprompter.
“I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain,” Trump admitted. “Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues,” he said.
If Trump really wanted to take ownership and sincerely apologize, he would have spoken directly to the people he has “caused personal pain,” perhaps starting with Heidi Cruz. That would have been a powerful moment.
I suppose it’s better than nothing, but if he would have looked at the camera and directly apologized to the people he’s personally smeared in the campaign, it would have been a breakthrough moment.