Donald Trump is talking to himself in public – but it’s smart.
On Wednesday, speaking at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, Trump gave himself marching orders that were surely the best advice he could give himself, telling himself to “stay on point.”
Trump said, “We are going to win the White House, gonna win it. It’s feeling like it already isn’t it? We’re going to be nice and cool, nice and cool, stay on point, Donald, stay on point. No sidetracks Donald, nice and easy.”
Trump compared himself to Hillary Clinton and the way she has acted over the last few days, calling her “unhinged,” adding “we don’t want any of that.”
Trump’s penchant for speaking off the cuff has gotten him in trouble time and again, as any miscalculated statement has been seized upon by the media to focus their attention on him, especially with the media eager to distract the public from Hillary Clinton’s malfeasance and corruption.
As Fortune wrote in August:
For months and months, pundits, journalists, and Republican leaders have been waiting for Donald Trump to pivot. They’ve assumed that at some point, the Republican Party, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, and Trump’s aides would prevail on the GOP presidential candidate to tone down the rhetoric and reach out to a wide constituency of voters.
Trump knows he has only five days left to cement an image as someone in control of his rhetoric, and if it takes a public statement which reminds him to do so, it’s a smart action to take.
Trump has zig-zagged between times where he has appeared calm and in control and other times when his shoot-from-the-hip style has been quick to surface.
But now that the election has become truly close and competitive, Trump knows he has only five days left to cement an image as someone in control of his rhetoric, and if it takes a public statement which reminds him to do so, it’s a smart action to take.