Speaking before a crowd of followers at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, President Trump responded to criticism of his behavior as president by saying “people would be bored if I acted presidential,” inadvertently admitting that his voters only like him because he is entertaining.
Trump was in Pennsylvania campaigning for Republican House candidate Rick Saccone, but it didn’t take long before he turned the event about himself.
“You know how easy it is to be presidential? But you would be so bored because I could stand up, right?” Trump said to applause.
Trump then launched into an impression of a more formal politician, appearing stiffer and speaking somewhat nasally.
“I’m very presidential. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. Rick will be a great, great congressman. He will help me very much. He’s a fine man and Yong [Saccone] is a wonderful wife. I just want to tell you on behalf of the United States of America that we appreciate your service. We appreciate your service,” Trump said in his more “presidential” voice.
“See, that’s easy. That’s much easier than doing what I have to do. But this is much more effective. If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn’t be here tonight.”
Trump has frequently been criticized for his bellicose style of speaking and for bluntly attacking his opponents in speeches and on Twitter.
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— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 11, 2018