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Clinton camp dismisses Trump’s ‘teleprompter regret’

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Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign Thursday night dismissed Donald Trump vocalizing regret for the first time on the campaign trail, pushing him to be more specific.

“Donald Trump literally started his campaign by insulting people,” Clinton deputy communications director Christina Reynolds said in a statement.

{mosads}”He has continued to do so through each of the 428 days from then until now, without shame or regret,” she continued. 

“We learned tonight that his speechwriter and teleprompter knows he has much for which he should apologize,” she said. “But that apology tonight is simply a well-written phrase until he tells us which of his many offensive, bullying and divisive comments he regrets — and changes his tune altogether.”

The subject line of the Clinton campaign’s email to reporters labeled Trump’s speech as “Trump’s Teleprompter regret,” highlighting the GOP presidential nominee’s reliance on the device in several speeches this week after previously shunning the teleprompters. Trump is using the device as he works to stay more on message and avoid the off-the-cuff remarks that have often landed him in hot water.

Trump has traditionally insisted that he doesn’t have anything to apologize for and doubled down when faced with a number of controversies resulting from his own statements over the past year, including when feuding with the family of a slain American Muslim soldier.
“I don’t regret anything,” he stated later.
Trump spoke generally of his regret during a speech Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C., which came on the heels of naming a new campaign chief this week, Stephen Bannon, and promoting an adviser to campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, as he works to reverse low polls.

“Sometimes, in the heat of the debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain,” Trump said. “Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”

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