Trump to confront past missteps in general election strategy
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE hopes to explain away some of the outrageous moments that have dogged his presidential campaign, according to a new report.

Trump will revisit and try to smooth over past incidents in an attempt to polish his image before the general election, according to The Washington Post.


“I may explain this stuff during speeches,” he said in the article published Tuesday. "It may be old news, it may not be old news, but I’m just telling you.”

The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that Trump, for example, contends he did not mock the disabled while criticizing reporter Serge Kovaleski last year.

Trump inspired outrage last November by seemingly taunting Kovaleski’s physical handicap by wildly flailing his arms during a campaign stop in South Carolina.

The GOP contender said Monday said that he would never intentionally lampoon the disabled, arguing that he was imitating Kovaleski’s cringing in the face of criticism instead.

“I would never say anything bad about a person that has a disability,” Trump said. "I swear to you it’s true, 100 percent true ... who would do that to the handicapped? I’ve spent a lot of money making buildings accessible."

The Washington Post said that Trump then reenacted the controversial moment, arguing that he was satirizing Kovaleski’s hasty attempt to make amends with the billionaire.

“[It was] a guy who grovels — ‘Oh, I didn’t say that, I didn’t say that,’” the real estate tycoon said. "That was the imitation that I was doing. Now, is that a believable story?”

Trump has also recently rehashed his controversial jab at news anchor Megyn Kelly, whom he said had "blood coming out of her wherever" at a Fox News debate. 

“When that narrative started, I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding,’” he said of the incident last August. "Who would ever think of that? I said, ‘wherever’ — ears, nose. I wasn’t even thinking about the other.”

Trump has repeated that defense of the comment as recent campaign rallies.

His campaign manager said in Tuesday’s report that the business mogul is determined to give voters an honest portrait of him.

“This is deeply personal for Mr. Trump,” Corey Lewandowski said. "He will do anything he can to correct the narrative.

“He wants to point to specific things that are absolutely false about him and go out and talk about them. I don’t think he’ll pander to anybody. The message will be the same to everybody."