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Krauthammer’s Take: Trump Speech in Wisconsin Probably ‘Best Speech He’s Had Yet’

Addressing the Donald Trump campaign’s ability to stay on message and potentially to stage a comeback, Charles Krauthammer said that Trump’s speech in Wisconsin shows how he could do that:

The obvious issue for his campaign is: Do you do what brought you to the dance? What won him the primary, sort of being unscripted and in some ways very attractive because of that, or do you stick to message, which has been the advice that he has been getting.

I agree there is something a little paradoxical about the success he has had with scripts and sticking to message at the same time he appoints a really tough guy to be up there in the hierarchy. It seems to be a bit of a contradiction. But I thought yesterday the speech he did outside Milwaukee on law and order was probably the best speech he’s had yet. Delivery is improving on when he is reading, and he restrained himself. And I think it wasn’t as if he was going to win the African-American vote, but what I think he needs to do — and that would go a long way to help — is to try to reassure the suburbanites, the soccer moms, that he is not a racist. That the things he has done in the past are far more benign, that his heart is in the right place. If he can do that — that was addressed not at the inner city, it was addressed at the suburbs — and if he can reassure traditional Republicans who could go for him in the general election, that he is okay, he is not toxic — that would be a big difference.

If he stays on that message, he can have a recovery. I think people who bury him now are really overestimating what’s happening.

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