Donald Trump's campaign manager and his enablers in the media have been doing their best to give his campaign a makeover and to pretend that he's going to "pivot" and act more presidential if he finally ends up winning the Republican nomination for president.
They're hoping that he can somehow undo all the damage he's already done with his insults to just about every single voting block in the country other than white males once the primaries are over.
Good luck with that if they keep letting his son on the air for interviews like this one on CNN's State of the Union. The apple didn't fall too far from the tree with Trump Jr.:
TAPPER: So, take a look at what your father's new campaign manager told the Republican National Committee this week, according to "The New York Times" -- quote -- "Addressing about 100 committee members at the spring meeting mere, many of them deeply skeptical about Mr. Trump's candidacy, the campaign chief, Paul Manafort, bluntly suggested the candidate's incendiary style amounted to an act."
Quote: "'That's what's important for you to understand, that he gets it, and that the part he's been playing is evolving,'" Mr. Manafort said" -- unquote.
So, Don, you know your dad better than almost anyone in the world. What part of what we see is the part he's been playing.
DONALD TRUMP JR.: Well, listen, Jake, I think there's aspects of things where he will take things to a level that they need to be taken to, to be able to draw attention to it.
If you look at any of the issues that he's spoken about, he will talk about them in a way that no one else has spoken about them. He will take them to a certain level.
And guess what? An issue that was taboo or no one wanted to touch, all of a sudden, people are actually talking about it. So it's not that it's an act, but sometimes he does have to talk about things in a certain way to be able to draw the requisite attention that that topic actually needs.
No one else will touch it if he hasn't done that. So, I think, for him, this is a very natural evolution. He's switching over, getting focused on the general election, where he's going to have to talk to that broader audience. So, I think it's a very natural progression.
TAPPER: So, when he talks about building a wall, or when he talks about deporting 11 million people in this country, undocumented immigrants, is that just playing a part, or is that to be taken literally?
DONALD TRUMP JR.: No, I think that's to be taken literally.
He's been -- he's the only person that has been talking about that. He's the -- everyone else jumps on the bandwagon after he says it. He says it, three weeks later, everyone else, once he's taken all the heat, once he's taken all the criticism, once he's taken all of that, then everyone else jumps on and says, hey, wait a minute, this is actually a winning idea. This is something that makes a lot of sense.
And then they do it, because he's the only one of the candidates that actually ever had an original thought in years.
TAPPER: So, the bottom line is, we should take him at face value, but there might be some rhetorical flourish in there?
DONALD TRUMP JR.: I think, without question, yes. I mean, I think that's only natural.
I see that in politics all the time. Everyone pretends that's not the case, but that's very much what I have seen.