-- Trying to devalue the notion that he needs to start acting more "presidential," Republican front runner Donald Trump on Saturday pondered the meaning of the word at a campaign rally in Waterbury, Conn.
“I can do it," he told a crowd of more than 3,000 supporters. "You know what, I'm like a really smart person. Like a lot of you people. Presidential is easy."
To make his point, he stepped away from the podium and walked stiffly back to the mic and spoke mockingly in a dull, quiet tone. “Ladies and gentlemen of Waterbury, it’s a great honor to be with you this morning,” he said to laughs and cheers from the crowd.
“Although most presidents don’t work in the morning, you know that, right?," he added, reverting back to his normal voice. "No, it's very easy to be presidential."
On Friday, Trump’s new campaign manager Paul Manafort said at an Republican National Committee meeting in Florida that the candidate may reshape his image should he win the Republican nomination and make it to the general election.
While Trump admitted that his wife, daughters and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski all told him he should act more presidential, he said Manafort’s words had been twisted by rival candidate Ted Cruz and rebuffed the idea of “toning it down.”
"I sort of don’t like toning it down,” he said. "If I acted presidential, I guarantee I wouldn’t be here," he added.