Keith Preston: Trump trying to moderate his rhetoric

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S President-elect Donald Trump is “moderating” the rhetoric he had adopted during the course of his campaign before he won the election, an analyst says.

During his long meeting with editors of The New York Times on Tuesday, Trump distanced himself away from some of the incendiary statements he had made before defeating his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on November 8.

The billionaire businessman had described the Electoral College “a disaster for a democracy,” but told The Times that it was “actually genius.”

He had called President Barack Obama “the worst president in US history,” but now he said he “liked him a lot” after meeting the president at the White House.

On Clinton’s email server scandal, Trump has vowed to put her in “jail,” calling her “guilty as hell,” however, he told The Times he has no intention of prosecuting the former secretary of state over her use of a private email server.

Trump speaks during a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, in July. (File photo)

“It’s clear what Donald Trump is trying to do is moderate his rhetoric considerably,” Keith Preston, the chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com, told Press TV on Wednesday.

“Because during the course of the campaign when he was running in the primaries particularly he would say a lot of inflammatory things, things that were clearly designed to appeal for the particular base that he was trying to reach, he was obviously trying to reach the rank-and-file voters of the Republican Party and a lot of the rhetoric that he was using during that period worked very well for him,” he continued.

“This is entirely predictable, if we go back and we look at Trump’s entire career as a public figure going back for decades, we see that he has always pretty much had the same kind of stances on key issues,” Preston added.

“He’s always been irrelatively liberal, he’s certainly more liberal than the normal Republican and in many ways he’s much more liberal than Hillary Clinton,” he noted.

In his interview with The Times, Trump did not rule out the possibility of man-made climate change, unlike in the past when he dismissed climate change as an expensive, money-making hoax.

He had previously vowed to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to which about 200 countries will work to reduce global carbon emissions.

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  1. The idea of a ‘moderate’ repels me. Nuance is one thing, but the middle of the road is the path to Hell.

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