Following his wins in the final Republican primary states Donald Trump gave a speech, using a teleprompter, in which he sought to shape himself as a champion for the average American.
The speech was carefully crafted to reassure Republicans worried about the billionaire’s candidacy after his remarks criticizing a federal judge.
“You have given me the honor to lead the Republican Party to victory this fall,” Trump said. “We’re going to do it folks. I understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle and I will never ever let you down.”
“I will make you proud of your party and your movement,” he added.
Trump refrained from talking about hot-button topics like such as his proposals to build a wall along the Southern border, ban all Muslims from entering the country, and his recent criticism of Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
He pledged to earn the support of those who cast ballots for other candidates over the course of the primary. “To those who voted for someone else in either party, I’ll work hard to earn your support,” Trump said. “I will work very hard to earn that support. To all of those Bernie Sanders supporters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms.”
The speech written was to signal Republicans that Trump will return to his message and take the fight to general election and the likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Republicans were upset that Trump was bogged down by his controversial comments and missed opportunities to talk about the economy and Hillary Clinton.
“America is getting taken apart piece by piece and auctioned off to the highest bidder,” Trump said. “We’re broke. We owe $19 trillion going quickly to $21 trillion. Our infrastructure is a disaster. Our schools are failing. Crime is rising. People are scared. The last thing we need is Hillary Clinton in the White House or the extension of the Obama disaster.”
Trump said he would give a major speech next week detailing why he believes Clinton is unfit for office. “The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves,” Trump said. “They’ve made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts .. Secretary Clinton even did all of her work on a totally illegal private server … and the corrupt system is totally protecting her.”