Trump supporters often hail the candidate’s candidness and ability to “say it like it is” without sugar-coating controversial statements or beating around the bush on wildly divisive issues. However, the same support that allowed Trump to reach his present position as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee may soon jump ship, as Trump has recently softened a handful of his most ardent stances in what appears to be an attempt at pandering to more moderate voters.
In addition to admitting that his tax plan may not be as conservative as he had originally proposed and claiming that he would be open to raising the minimum wage, Trump has now stated that his famed ban on Muslims entering the United States is nothing more than a “suggestion.” The ban, which garnered tremendous support from Right-wing nationalists across the country, was one of the most divisive matters of the Republican primary race, as candidates were forced into a corner over whether they would cater to the staunch conservatives who supported the ban or reject the plan altogether in favor of an entirely different demographic. It appears that the importance of Trump’s ban was way overstated, however, as Trump is walking back on it altogether.
Speaking with Fox’s Brian Kilmeade, Trump said that “we have a serious problem, it’s a temporary ban, it hasn’t been called for yet, nobody’s done it, this is just a suggestion,” when referring to the infamous proposal. “We have radical Islamic terrorism all over the world, you can go to Paris, you can go to San Bernardino, all over the world, if they want to deny it, they can deny it, I don’t choose to deny it.”
Trump was originally ardent about the ban, and now it is nothing more than a suggestion in his eyes. Trump claims that he is still telling it like it is, as his supporters would want, yet the very fact that he is now referring to the ban as a mere “suggestion” indicates that he is going to be gradually stepping toward the Left as we approach November.
What do you think about Trump softening his stance on the Muslim ban?