Trump Stuns Skeptics With "Regret For Causing Personal Pain"

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While we eagerly await news of the Clinton Family Foundation being "unexpectedly" hacked (after today's Reuters prep piece), with a trove of documents revealing even more shocking crony kickbacks, "favors" and corruption, we are sad to report that should Hillary become president, said foundation will no longer accept foreign and corporate donations, and will bring an end to its annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting regardless of the outcome of the November election.

Well, of course: once Hillary is president, she will no longer need a backdoor way of legally receiving Saudi money: at that moment, billions in Saudi dollars will be perfectly acceptable for passage through the front door, mostly in exchange for weapons and ammo (fine, and the occasional favor), used to kill and maim innocent civilians and to supply the occasional Doctors Without Borders hospital bombing raid (which, oddly enough, has received zero coverage in the US media... how odd).

Bill Clinton made the announcement at an afternoon meeting with foundation staff members, according to participants who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ahead of the formal announcement. Clinton said the foundation plans to continue its work, but intends to refocus its efforts in a process that will take up to a year to complete. The former president, who turns 70 on Friday, said he will resign from the board, and the foundation will only accept contributions from U.S. citizens and independent charities.

But why, Bill, if - as you and most of the media claim - there is nothing wrong with accepting bribes, pardon, donations from countries that have, in their own words, created ISIS?

Rhetorical questions aside, according to Clinton the foundation will no longer take money from any foreign entity, government, foreign or domestic corporations, or corporate charities.

Additionally, a Clinton spokesman said the former president will also refrain from delivering paid speeches until the November election and will no longer give paid speeches if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Again: we wonder - why? Is there some stigma associated with getting paid $250K-$500K bribes from corporations when your wife is in the White House?  Granted we are confident that the $237 million the Clinton family has collected, mostly from speeches, since 2001 will help the pain.

 

 At the staff meeting, AP adds, Clinton said he and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, did not face any external pressure to make the changes, but wanted to avoid any potential issues or second guessing for Hillary Clinton should she move into the White House. The future of the Clinton Foundation has been one of the overarching questions shadowing Clinton's campaign.

While Hillary Clinton stepped down from its board after launching her 2016 campaign, her husband and daughter have remained in leadership roles, prompting questions about the ability of the organization to continue its work should Clinton win the White House.

To be sure, questions have persisted about the relationship between the Clintons and donors for years, mostly among Republicans. The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Thursday criticized the Clinton Foundation for stalling on changes to its donation guidelines. "This effort to shield Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation after more than a year of controversy is too little, too late," chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Priebus added that the Clinton Foundation's activities had already raised red flags during Clinton's campaign. "The fact that the Clinton Foundation and its entities continue to accept foreign donations while Hillary Clinton runs for the White House is a massive, ongoing conflict of interest that gets bigger by the day," he said.

In the last week, prominent voices have called for the organization to be disbanded if Hillary Clinton won the presidency. Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), a supporter of the Clintons, on Wednesday said the charitable organization should close up shop if Clinton wins.

“It’d be impossible to keep the foundation open without at least the appearance of a problem,” the former chairman of the Democratic National Chairman (DNC) told The New York Daily News.

Fair enough, but it wasn't a "problem" to keep it open for years heading into the election? After all, the concern is influence peddling, and much more influence goes to those who have money in the foundation's early days rather than now, when it is already a $2 billion behemoth.

The Boston Globe’s editorial board on Tuesday also called for disbanding the Clinton Foundation, saying that doing so would remove “a political — and actual — distraction.”

According to the AP, Bill Clinton denied that the changes were brought about by outside pressure, but said they were motivated by the need to eliminate any concerns if his wife wins the White House.

Finally, there was just one outstanding question:

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Meanwhile, in tonight's other key political news, in what many have said is a first for Donald Trump, the presidential candidate expressed regret on Thursday afternoon during a rally in Charlotte, N.C. and apologized for any damage he inflicted with his blunt rhetoric on the campaign trail as the candidate and his revamped campaign staff look to recover from a rough few weeks.

“As you know, I am not a politician. I have worked in business, creating jobs and rebuilding neighborhoods my entire adult life. I’ve never wanted to learn the language of the insiders, and I’ve never been politically correct – it takes far too much time, and can often make it more difficult to achieve total victory."

 

“Sometimes, in the heat of the debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues."

 

The speech came less than two days after Trump shook up his campaign leadership, naming pollster and former adviser Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager and Breitbart executive Steve Bannon campaign CEO. 

Trump's expression of regret has come as a shock to those - mostly liberal pundits - who expected Bannon to reject any efforts by other advisers to polish Trump's message in home stretch of the general election. Conway said she didn't want Trump to lose his "authenticity." Then again, ultimately Trump's biggest "advisor" has always been Trump, both with and without surprises, and the man behind today's stunning pivot, was most likely Trump himself.

In his Thursday speech, Trump attacked Clinton's honesty and promised to never lie and always put voters' interests first. "In this journey, I will never lie to you," he said. "I will never tell you something I do not believe myself. I will never put anyone's interests ahead of yours.

And then he pivoted once more, contrasting his brutish political correctness with Hillary's endless lies.

"Aren't you tired of the same old lies and the same old broken promises?" Trump asked. Trump said that Clinton "has proven to be one of the greatest liars of all time."

"So while sometimes I can be too honest, Hillary Clinton is the exact opposite: she never tells the truth. One lie after another, and getting worse each passing day," he said. Trump continued to criticize the media for focusing on his controversial remarks rather than the problems facing voters. 

“The establishment media doesn’t cover what really matters in this country, or what’s really going on in peoples’ lives,” he said. “They will take words of mine out of context and spend a week obsessing over every single syllable, and then pretend to discover some hidden meaning in what I said,” Trump added.

“Just imagine if the media spent this much time investigating the poverty and joblessness in our inner cities. Just think about how much different things would be if the media in this country sent their cameras to our border, or to our closing factories, or to our failing schools.”

Trump added he would not stop ruffling establishment feathers, even if it means conflict with fellow Republicans.  “I am glad I make the powerful a little uncomfortable now and again – including some powerful people in my own party. Because it means I am fighting for real change. I am fighting for you."

Who knows, maybe this particular expression of "regret" is all America wanted to hear to give Trump a second chance. After all, if there is one thing all Americans can agree on, is they love each and every underdog story...

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Theta_Burn's picture

The new advisors are coming out swinging...

 

pan's picture

Apologizing is no strategy!

WordSmith2013's picture

It's his true compassion that will get him elected.

http://cosmicconvergence.org/?p=15639

 

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT U.S. PRESIDENT?

 

Astrologer tells the real story!

 

 

froze25's picture

Trump needs to start saying in jest that "Hillary,  will probably want to do the debates sitting down or not at all. Hahaha, I'm kidding people I'm kidding. .." 

Do a preemptive attack. She kinda has to if he starts making "fun" of her health cover up. 

55 men's picture

if this doesnt make you sick about that peice of shit, then nothing will.....its only 2 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdNHf1g4ivA

AMPALANCE's picture

He needs Monica standing by him at every speach, as special "csar" of economic progress for the territory of America Samoa. Her uniform should be a blue dress.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Rhetorical questions aside, according to Clinton the foundation will no longer take money from any foreign entity, government, foreign or domestic corporations, or corporate charities.

 

#BetterLateThanNever #AmIRite?

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) eatthebanksters Aug 19, 2016 9:11 AM

Wheels coming off

effendi's picture

If Trump wants a wallpaper of people around him then don't just use one Clinton victim (Monica)but use many. How about some of Bills rape victims? How about the woman whose rapist was defended by Cankles? Perhaps the relatives of various Arkancide victims. Also put a few blacks, Hispanics, Asians, muslims and Jews in the mix as a fair percentage of them support Trump. 

Hard for the lying MSM to call Trump a rayciss when every shot of him has blacks etc in the background in Trump t-shirts.

FireBrander's picture

One Question will win Trump the Presidency:

 

"American People, do you want four, or eight, more years of Obama's Policies carried out via a Hillary Presidency?"


I know the answer to that, for 60% of the public, is FUCK NO!

scm's picture

You really believe Thump is going to be different.

Obama supporters thought he would be different than Bush too. Then again, they still havent figured it out and its been 8 long years. I dont expect any different this time around either.

scm's picture

" I will never lie to you"

Promise broken before the sentence was finished.

"OUTSIDER" IS A FUCKING JOKE.

Want to elect a REAL outsider. Write in Ron Paul

Boscovius's picture

SCM.  I love Ron Paul, but writing in a candidate is merely an expression of futility.  Writing in a candidate who is not on the ballot has absolutely no impact on the election.  Other than to improve Hillary's chances.

scm's picture

To you this is all about Hillary. To the rest of us it's about Liberty.

The lesser of two evils is still evil.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

Exactly how many years was your "outsider" in Congress?

scm's picture

30 years or so.
(You)And what did he get done?
(Me)Not much.
(You)Why?
(Me) because what he wanted, the people wanted, not what the establishment wanted.
(You) so how did someone who got nothing done keep getting re-elected?
BECAUSE LIBERTY IS POPULAR

THUMP IS FAR FROM LIBERTY.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

Excellent job of talking to yourself and assuming what my thoughts are. You are a classic example of a closed minded person. My question was a simple, rhetorical one that pointed out the fact that the definition of an "outsider" is depends upon the person and their view of the system. 

Since you have everything figured out, and you have the entire discussion already mapped out and decided, I can see little point in discussing anything further with you. Have a good day sir. 

 

Zer0head's picture
pan says "Apologizing is no strategy!" best comment LOL
Oldwood's picture

His opponents could careless, but those straddling the fence might be moved by the humanity of his apology as it represents the way most of us feel....frustration that drives us to speak a bit too frankly. Trump has to get off of the toes of those delicate flowers who are distracted by what they "feel" to the loss of what they "think". Trump is playing both sides of the net to make this win. As long as is core message remains largely consistent, he can smooth feelings all he wants.

He can deny all of the exaggerations and out of context "quotes" the media has imposed upon him falsely and it will do little good, while simply apologizing for any hurt feelings (without backtracking on his agenda) could go much further to bring the fringes into the fold. Lots of people will not vote for him simply because they believe he is an asshole. From what I have read, Hillary is three times the ass as Trump is portrayed to be. The media focusing on Hillary with the same intensity they have done Trump would likely cause her to burst into flames like a 200 year old vampire.

BlindMonkey's picture

So you think the American people are so shallow all it takes is an apology and all is fine?  Americans aren't that....wait...never mind.

FireBrander's picture

It's not so much an apology as it is proof that he's not a total asshole; women don't like total assholes.

$1000 says his daughter and his wife sat his ass down and laid it out...stop being a total ass 24/7 and apologize for being a total ass 24/7...this wasn't Trump's idea; only a daughter or a wife can make a man, who never apologizes for anything, apologize for being an ass.

Obaminator's picture

Bingo!

"I Aint sorry for saying what I said cuz it was the truth - but Im sorry it made you squirm (and feel "bad") - Now, About Hillary again...That LIAR, She...bla bla bla(all true) bla bla bla and then she #$#@$##^$^%$ - crap people, I did it again, I told the truth, Im really sorry, I didnt mean to hurt your ears with that. So, as I was saying - ....."

The difference is...Liberals NEVER apologize for true transgressions - rather they simply apologize because they "feel" lik someone else might have felt bad, nevermind the fact that they forced them to spend money on Obamacare et al. Or that they said how difficult it is to "work and raise kids" while looking at you...working and rasing kids successfully. Nope. nota gunna happen-a

Rather a Liberal will Apologize to your face, and on the way home say to their sig other (pc haha) "Can you believe they actually thougth we were wrong for accepting free money from the government? How DARE they judge us, we have no jobs and they are so RICH! THEY should have been the ones apologizing" - wait...if that was the scenario the lib would have never apologized...ok...back to looking for a more accurate example.

screw it...miller time.

hxc's picture

Plenty of intelligent and right-minded women are assholes. Not necessarily a bad thing either. Though his wife and daughter do seem like sweetie pies.

drendebe10's picture

Correction:  the corrupt lying cheating hiLIARy is 1000x of a bigger azzhoe than the biggest azzhoe on earth, i.e. the alien muslim fudgepacker...

Obaminator's picture

BACKTRACK? Really?

Trump should Backtrack? HA!

Feelings get hurt, the world is Harsh. EVERYONE discriminates ALL the time, and sh!t isnt fair.

He simply has been stating factual things without nail polish on them. harsh - YES, non-factul - NO!

Get * Over * It.

As for Hildbeast bursting into flames like a 200 ys old Vampire - good luck.

Boscovius's picture

I agree.  It is time for Donald to showcase his humanity.  Hillary has nothing to compete with in that dept.

sleigher's picture

So true about Trump being an asshole and why people won't vote for him.  When I run into those types I just remind them of the hatred the establishment has for him and because of that he is likely a legitimate threat to them and the status quo.  This usually changes their perception quite a bit and allows them to see voting for him as a positive.

db51's picture

lmao.....the media will now go 24 7 talking about this as Donald Ropadope's the evil cunt.   The fucking swog needs 6 days of sleep, drug drips and a semi truck load of medical devices just to get to a 10 minute fund raiser on Sunday.   she'll overflow her piss bag in the first debate...but I have my doubts it will even happen.  No way she can stand the heat.....some momentus false flag event will get it cancelled. 

Never One Roach's picture

Soon Hillary will need four ss men to carry her up the steps she's gaining so much weight from those medicines.

A Nanny Moose's picture

I want you to roll Hildabeast into the boat and take her along to the Juicing Room at once...

PTR's picture

The seitch will take her water...

smokintoad's picture

Gross!  Why not just give her a one way 'thopter ride into the deep desert?

Boscovius's picture

The witch's water is tainted.

RiverRoad's picture

Trump has said he will not take a salary if he is elected president.  So will Cankles match that?

Mr Pink's picture

If he was smart and wanted the FSA vote he should offer his salary every year to one lucky winner

JohninMK's picture

Spread it around, get a continuous drip feed of publicity.

Every month's paycheck goes to a randomly selected EBT card number holder.

Obaminator's picture

It depends on what the meaning of "wont accept" is...is. I mean, is, is?

I meant definition of "wont is" - wont wont is wont is is, I mixed it all up.

but you get my point. ^ 1 up.

Rusty Shorts's picture

 - "some momentus false flag event will get it cancelled"

 

Yes indeed. Probably go something like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD-VRDklIPc

PaperTaperFakerCaper's picture

"...some momentus false flag event"    heh heh...  that's ... kewl.  But you forgot the "o" in "momentous".  heh 

FireBrander's picture

Yes it is! Apologizing shows he has a conscience and empathy; something moderate women were concerned about.

 

I've been down  on the Don, but I have renewed hope.

PT's picture

Plus it gives him permission to put the boot in twice as hard now.  Go get 'em Don!

( Shhhh.  Don't tell anyone.  It's our little secret.  errrrr, what?  DAMN! )

wisehiney's picture

You make me laugh.

Trump has the whole deal by the balls.

They shall learn much at the feet of the master.

 

CHoward's picture

It damn sure is and NOW it's out of the way - it's done with!!  You only apologize once.

PT's picture

And its up to us to remind everyone whenever anyone dares bring it up.  "He doesn't need to apologize!  He already did, see!"

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) CHoward Aug 19, 2016 6:38 AM

It was a smart move and what people want.

He needs only talk about the issues and his plan and it's outta the park!

I told you guys months ago he is going to win!

Everything lining up, the hacks that nobody can deny, THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED against every American

except the mega rich.

drendebe10's picture

Fukda progressive liberal democrap pundit turds... Anyone beyond a brainstem who listens carefully to what Trump says will come to the inescapable conclusion he knows WTF is wrong with his country & he may be the only person on earth  willing to address the shit created by the corrupt lying elected political & bureacratic shitforbrains in gubmnt.  I listened to his speech tonight & if he keeps this up maybe he can reverse the tide.  I completed his email survey today & made a donation as best i could right now.  BTW fuk the lying cheating corrupt brain damaged seizure prone diazepam adducted syphlitic tongue lesion cunt, her sexual predator Lolita Express frequent flier pedophile spouse & the illegal indonesian kenyan alien muslim lying fudgepacker.  Without a doubt, Three of the most despicable lying human turds on the face of the earth.  Note each adjective is accurate.

PaperTaperFakerCaper's picture

Heh heh...  that's .... kewl.  heh heh.  Now tell us what ya really think.  

(Couldn't agree more.)