If you watched Donald Trump’s victory speech last night in New York, you witnessed a pretty rare sighting these days: a presidential candidate acting presidential. Of all the candidates that I thought I would be calling presidential, Mr. Trump was not one of them.
Tuesday evening after the New York primary, Trump Tower was packed with supporters and media awaiting another disastrously boisterous and egocentric victory speech from the GOP candidate. Instead, they were welcomed with a Donald Trump who was cool, calm and, dare I say, classy.
Mr. Trump recently hired a new team to help him with his media and public relations, and it is certainly showing. He entered the room to accept his victory to the sound of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” He greeted guests and supporters with humility and gratitude.
Instead of ripping his opponents to shreds or listing off the people he’d like to see moved out of the country, he kept his speech short, sweet, and to-the-point, and even seemed annoyed when his speech was interrupted by a loud and rowdy crowd. He didn’t mention Lyin’ Ted or his least favorite person, Hillary Clinton. He thanked his family and campaign staff and poured his heart out to the state of New York. He didn’t fail to throw some shade at the media, however. They’ve been calling out his campaign for constantly throwing people out and bringing new people in, but Donald Trump referred to his team as “evolving.” His team has definitely evolved, and they have brought us a new and improved candidate to stand behind.
He seemed legitimately excited. “We are going to be so strong again. We are going to be really — I mean, legit-i-mately — so great again,” Trump said at one point during the speech. “And I just can’t wait. So, we don’t have much of a race anymore, based on what I’m seeing on television. Senator Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated. And we’ve won another state.” The best part was when he talked about his plans after winning. “We’re going to celebrate for about two hours, then early in the morning I get up and we begin working again.” The man sounded dignified and honorable, a man worth voting for.
It seems that the candidate’s tactics did win over the voters in a way even he did not expect. Trump has finally realized that it is very likely that he will be the nominee and that it has serious implications on the way he carries himself for the rest of the campaign and through to his presidency — should he win.
Carolina Baker works for the American Principles Project.