For many Republicans, Donald Trump’s past support and praise for Hillary Clinton has left a bad taste in their collective mouths. After all, how can you now denounce and demonize somebody you were singing the praises of as recently as a few years ago?
Trump was confronted with that very question on “ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and explained that as a businessman you sometimes have to play nice with politicians of every stripe.
Then, without missing a beat, he pretty much admitted that when he was offering praise for Hillary he was — er … “practicing diplomacy,” shall we say?
Check out the segment. The transcript follows.
JIMMY KIMMEL: In 2008, you said you thought Hillary would make an excellent president. It was recently in 2012 you thought she was terrific. What did she do? What happened?
DONALD TRUMP: I’ll tell you. When I’m a businessman. I had a beautiful story recently where they said Trump is a world class businessman — all over the world were doing jobs — I speak well of everybody. If people ask me about politicians, I speak well. So when they ask me about Hillary, she’s wonderful — the husband — everybody is wonderful. And that’s the way it is. Including contributions. They ask me for contributions, I give them.
KIMMEL: So you were full of [bleep] when you said it.
TRUMP: A little bit.
Kimmel also drew big laughs when he warmed up the crowd by referring to Trump as a “tangerine-tinted Godzilla” and “fire-breathing billionaire who incinerated all who opposed him to become his party’s presumptive nominee.”
As for Trump’s candid admission, not a politician lives who was not at one time or another full of bleep. Hillary Clinton, to name one, has been full bleep so often, you’d expect her eyes to be brown.
It’s nice for a change to hear a candidate for the highest office in the land answer this question truthfully.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession