Hillary Clinton teed one up for Donald Trump on Friday night when she said that half of his supporters were racist, sexist, homophobic and/or Islamophobic. (She later backed off the "half" part.)
And on Monday, Donald Trump took full advantage — attacking Clinton's comments in a very well-crafted and well-delivered response. It was Trump having a good script and sticking to it.
As with all things Trump, this should not be taken as evidence of a completely reformed man who is suddenly disciplined and will continue to be so. The "pivot" died a thousand deaths a very long time ago. But for now, at this moment, credit where credit is due.
Let's take it piece-by-piece, via the transcript from Trump's speech in Baltimore:
I was thus deeply shocked and alarmed this Friday to hear my opponent attack, slander, smear, demean these wonderful, amazing people who are supporting our campaign by the millions. Our support comes from every part of America and every walk of life. We have the support of cops and soldiers, carpenters and welders, the young and the old, and millions of working class families who just want a better future and a good job. These were the people Hillary Clinton so viciously demonized.
This article continues at [Washington Post] This Trump response to Clinton’s basket of ‘deplorables’ comment was quite good