The Republican nominee surprised supporters at a campaign rally in North Carolina when he chose to apologize for statements he made during the campaign: “Sometimes, in the heat of debate, you don’t choose the right words. I have done that and believe it or not, I regret it.” According to a new nationwide poll, Donald Trump narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton to 4%.
Trump managed to surprise even his most ardent supporters by doing something he rarely did throughout his campaign, apologizing.
“Sometimes, in the heat of debate and [when] speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing,” Trump stated during a campaign rally in North Carolina. “I have done that and believe it or not, I regret it. Particularly, where it may have caused personal pain.”
However, Trump went on to note that he is not a politician and that he never used “politically correct” language. He added, “One thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth.”
Continues to lead the polls. Clinton. Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
The Republican nominee did not apologize for anything specific that he said but in recent weeks, he has repeatedly caused scandals especially when he attacked the bereaved parents of a late Muslim American soldier and when he jokingly hinted that in order to stop Clinton, one would need to assassinate her.
US political analysts attribute the extraordinary statement to Trump’s recent decline in the polls. It is also estimated that the decline led him to replace his campaign manager and that the new manager is responsible for the unusual apology.
A nationwide poll conducted by the Pew Research Center suggests a slight reduction in the gap between Clinton and Trump. According to the poll, Clinton has the support of 41%, while Trump has 37%. Among women, Clinton leads by a landslide with 49% to Trump’s 30%. However, the Republican is leading among men with 45% to Clinton’s 33%.
Another significant finding expressed in the poll is the dissatisfaction of Americans with both leading presidential candidates. Only 27% believe that Trump will be a “good or great president,” compared to 55% who said he would be either “poor or terrible.” Clinton is only doing a little better with 31% of voters saying she would be a “good or great president,” while 45% estimate she would be either “poor or terrible.”