Donald Trump's uncharacteristically subdued speech after his massive GOP primary win
in New York has a "political explanation" as the front-runner aims for the party's nomination, pundits say.
"Here's a look at the new Trump: After the race was called, Trump high-fived a supporter, thanked his family, took a shot at the press and then put both hands on the podium and proceeded to give a much more traditional politician-y speech," Washington Post
Amber Phillips writes Wednesday.
On Twitter, another Post blogger took notice.
"There's probably a pretty good political explanation for Trump's sudden change of tone," Phillips writes.
According to a recent NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll,
7 in 10 women view Trump negatively, as do 3 in 4 millennials and 4 in 5 Hispanics.
"If Trump's numbers stay that way, it's very difficult to see how he wins in November, even against a beatable candidate like Hillary Clinton," Phillips writes.
"Trump's tone… could make a difference in the race."
Phillips writes the victory speech Tuesday night shows Trump's new team is apparently already working on the transition.
"He's got new advisers now, most notably political veteran Paul Manafort, who is leading Team Trump as it pivots to a protracted and probably messy delegate fight at the July convention," she writes.
And House Speaker Newt Gingrich agrees a change will make or break Trump's White House run.
"If he makes the transition to being a really professional presidential candidate, he will be really formidable," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told the Post
earlier this month.
"And if he does not, he will not be the nominee."
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