At Charlotte rally, Trump admits he's said 'the wrong things'

Posted August 18, 2016

— A week after two appearances in North Carolina, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returned to the state Thursday and publicly expressed regret for some of his past mistakes.

Speaking to a Charlotte crowd, Trump apologized for occasions when he said the wrong thing in public.

“Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words, or you say the wrong thing,” Trump said. “I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”

Trump said that, despite regret for some things he has said, he has never lied to supporters while Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “is one of the greatest liars of all time.”

“I will never lie to you, I will never tell you something I do not believe, I will never put anybody’s interests above yours, and I will never ever stop fighting for you,” he said.

Trump blamed Clinton and President Barack Obama for the rise of ISIS and said that the Democratic Party has ignored the African-American community and taken its votes for granted.

Trump said that he plans to work closely with the African-American community to deliver new opportunities.

“This means a lot to me, and it’s going to be a top priority in a Trump administration,” he said. “In my administration, every American will be treated equally, protected equally and honored equally. We will reject bigotry.”

A majority of the nearly one-hour speech focused on providing new opportunities to all Americans, and Trump said he chose to run for president to speak for Americans who don’t have a voice of their own.

Trump said he particularly hopes to provide more opportunities for those living in the inner cities, support charter schools, give all students a greater chance at an education and make it easier for young Americans to get the credit they need to start a business.

“Young people are destroyed before they even start,” he said. “I refuse to let another generation of American children be excluded from the American dream,” Trump said.

With the audience chanting their familiar refrain of “build the wall,” Trump turned the conversation to immigration and asserted that those who believe in suppressing others of different ethnic backgrounds and faiths would not be welcome to join the country.

He said that, under his administration, immigration would be suspended from any place where adequate screening and extreme vetting could not be performed.

“We are going to end the era of nation building and instead focus on destroying ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism,” he said, noting military, financial and cyber warfare could be used.

Speaking about trade, Trump said the city of Charlotte has lost one-quarter of manufacturing jobs to China during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. He said that, if he is elected, he will renegotiate NAFTA and withdraw if other countries don’t agree with this plans.

“Hillary Clinton has supported all of the major trade deals that have stripped this country of its jobs and its wealth,” he said.

During the speech, Trump also took a few moments to speak about the recent devastating floods in Louisiana and encouraged supporters to band together to help.

“We are one nation. When one state hurts, we all hurt, and we must all work together to lift each other up," he said.


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  • Joseph Shepard Aug 20, 2016
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    Trump admitted he said the wrong things---Clinton on the other hand is not even aware of the lies she has told--lying is a part of her normal psychological make up. She has done it for so long and so often, its normal...

  • Sam Nada Aug 20, 2016
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    Trump has had many opportunities to express regret for things he's said, and consistently declined. Why is he lying about it now, while at the same time telling us how honest he is?


  • Susan Lentz Aug 19, 2016
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    Jeff Freuler, the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, asked that President Obama wait a couple weeks to come and visit. When any President visits a disaster area, the local police and others are pulled from helping the citizens to help protect the President, traffic is tied up and things have to be rearranged. Meanwhile, if you research, the President has done everything requested and more for those in need. The Governor also told Trump that this would not be a "photo-op visit", because there was too much going on. But Trump went anyway. No need to praise him on that one.

  • Sam Nada Aug 19, 2016
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    "I will never lie to you,"

    Ha! When's that going to start? You're rated the least truthful of all the candidates beginning with the primaries. No one has told more lies than you. Let's see your tax return and let us judge just how truthful you are. The only possible reason for not releasing them is you're hiding something. Who's interest are you really putting first, because it's not ours.

    "We will reject bigotry." As sarcasm goes not bad. As the truth, a total failure. But watch us reject your bigotry in Nov.

  • Jeff Freuler Aug 19, 2016
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    He's the only one visiting La. unlike the rest of the others to include the POTUS. Haven't seen that here yet

  • Clarence Hill Aug 19, 2016
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    Trump is smart; so far every few days, he spits out a new "firecracker" comment the media grabs and run with it. It's got him where he today without any high-dollar TV spots. Trump ain't stupid. However, that approach may have run its course.

  • Rod Runner Aug 19, 2016
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    Really? You are comparing your rental property to a Donald Trump property to make a point?

    Sure, 1 lien could be false, maybe 2. But 23 against one property?

    You know Trump can afford lawyers, right? So why wouldn't his lawyers have squashed these liens by now if they are just like yours? You and Trump are the same! The man always trying to keep you down with false liens.

    Also, you know that liens are public record, right? So it doesn't matter if the Miami Herald or Rush Limbaugh reported on the 23 liens. They're public record, anyone can see them. Calling out the MSM is so weak, especially on something that is a factual public record and not an opinion.

  • Rod Runner Aug 19, 2016
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    So, tell me, how do Trump supporters that love that he "says what he means" and "is pollitically incorrect" justify still supporting him now?

    Also, how do you even support him when you can look back at how he supported all the things he now claims to be against? I thought he "said what he means."

  • Rachel Schoonover Aug 19, 2016
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    Well he apologized so that just wipes the slate clean. If he can't manage to keep his filter on during his campaign how will he do so when speaking with other dignitaries when he disagrees with the other viewpoint? Too little too late sir. You can't just say I'm a grown man and behave like a child but I said I was sorry so we're good right.

  • Skip Harris Aug 19, 2016
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    Not sure if sarcastic but: The U6 unemployment rate is nearly 10% and the labor participation rate remains elevated. The U3 unemployment rate is low because people have 1.) given up looking for work altogether 2.) have taken, or been forced into, part time jobs even though they they want full-time employment 3.) they are in jobs that are below their training and education or 4.) some combination of the above. Are we in a better place than a couple of years ago? Yes. Has this been a miraculous recovery? According to every metric I have seen absolutely not. There are still a lot of people out there looking for work that can't find it. I'm not saying that Trump has any answers but the low U3 unemployment numbers are worthless.