Donald Trump has said he can be “more presidential than anybody,” and has been talking about the need to unite the GOP in order to defeat Mrs. Bill. His close advisors, surrogates, media supporters, his wife and his daughter have been urging him to adopt a more civil tone for quite some time.
So, departing from his recent practice of holding a post-primary press conference (where he might have said something unscripted and objectionable), Mr. Trump issued the following considered statement after his loss in the Wisconsin primary:
Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again. Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts, and the entire party apparatus behind him. Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating with his own Super PAC’s (which is illegal) who totally control him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump. We have total confidence that Mr. Trump will go on to win in New York, where he holds a substantial lead in all the polls, and beyond. Mr. Trump is the only candidate who can secure the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton, or whomever is the Democratic nominee, in order to Make America Great Again.
Well! Aside from a possible quibble over the definition of “withstood,” that certainly puts those who doubt his ability to act like a president in their place: He didn’t mention the size of his hands and he didn’t repeat any adverbs, like “really, really total confidence.”
“Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and color to our lives.”-Edmund Burke. Three Letters to a Member of Parliament on the Proposals for Peace with the Regicide Directory of France (1796–1797)