Seth Meyers looks at the claim that Donald Trump is going to reinvent himself now that the nomination seems within his grasp and that the things that he has said so far that have alienated so many people were just an act to win the nomination.
The Republican party establishment that had despaired that Trump’s wild rhetoric would ‘break the party’ and lead to a catastrophic defeat not only at the presidential level but also in other races are grasping at this straw and hoping that his being more ‘presidential’ will restore the party’s chances.
On the other side, those who are hoping that Trump supporters will feel betrayed by this change and abandon him are likely to be disappointed. Once people have committed to a candidate, they tend to rationalize away almost any evidence that their hero has feet of clay. Trump has achieved the enviable political goal of enabling his supporters to project their views on him. I fully expect the very same Trump supporters who say they like him because he is a ‘straight shooter’ who ‘tells it like it is’ to see any change in his rhetoric as merely a clever strategy designed to win more voters over so that he can implement what he ‘really’ believes, which also happens to be what they believe.
You have to hand it to Trump. He may be all over the place when it comes to policies but he has the canniest political instincts and an incredible ability to manipulate the media.