Did you know that all it took for the media to dub Donald Trump as "presidential" was to make one victory speech where he didn't call Senator Cruz, "Lyin' Ted." That's all, really?
Trump has flipped the narrative around to, he seems much more "disciplined" and ready to take center stage with dignity.
"Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's, a plane, it's presidential Trump!
Media Matters captured the same meme with a compilation clip over this new development
On MSNBC's The Place For Politics, Andrea Mitchell began her hour by promoting the same belt way theme with Kelly O'Donnell.
Andrea opened up her show by saying, "the newly self controlled Donald Trump, fresh from his smashing NY victory."
(Here's the video)
A little later, Mitchell talked about a meeting Trump had with Reince Priebus in Florida and how Trump out talked him on the RNC delegate rules.
Kelly had this to say about the new and improved Trump,, "And with his more refined tone last night, Andrea, making more of that pitch of being able to transition to being more presidential, perfectly timed before so many of the party minds are coming together...by not referring to lyin' Ted, which he has done thousands of times."
Andrea followed up with, "this is the first time I heard him say Senator Cruz...
Kelly cut in, "Senator Cruz, with almost a tone of reverence and Governor Kasich."
My God, Trump is walking on water!
Chris Cillizza was amazed at Trump 2.0 and wrote an article for The Fix: The new Donald Trump should scare the hell out of the GOP establishment
Gone was "Lyin' Ted." In its place was "Senator Cruz." Gone was the long-winded speech that went nowhere. In its place was a succinct recitation of states and delegates won. Gone was the two-day vacation as a reward for winning. In its place was an early morning trip to Indiana followed by another planned stop in Maryland.
Donald Trump 2.0 made his official debut Tuesday night following his sweeping victory in New York, a win that looks to net him 90 delegates and reestablishes him as the man to beat in the Republican presidential race.↓ Story continues below ↓
But, Trump has shown -- both on Tuesday night and over the past week or so -- an ability to reign himself in that suggests he understands that this new and improved version of himself is the one that can actually win the Republican presidential nomination. Be scared, anti-Trump forces. Be very scared
I understand journos need stories to write after a heated primary, but for the entire media to go hog wild about one speech is the kind of publicity usually a campaign needs to pay for. Why should Trump spend his money at all?
Let's face it, if Trump didn't appear to be humble after a landslide win in his home state, that humiliated Ted Cruz, Donald would have looked like the biggest jerk in the room.
Even he knows that.
UPDATE: During a rally showed on MSNBC this afternoon, Donald Trump wasted no time in calling Cruz, "Lyin' Ted."