Donald Trump's Begrudging Use of Teleprompters

He has started using them "a little bit" after calling for a campaign ban.

The speech marked the fourth time in his presidential campaign that he has used teleprompters and the first at a primary-night speech.

His distaste for teleprompters has been public since the early days of his campaign.

"I don’t like them. They’re too easy," Trump said during a July 21 speech in South Carolina. "Other people use teleprompters. Maybe when you run, you shouldn’t be allowed to use a teleprompter, because you find out what you’re getting.”

A month later, he went even further, saying they should be banned from the campaign.

Trump's main gripe against using a teleprompter, which is similar to using cue cards, is that it helps the speaker avoid off-the-cuff remarks, he says.

"That way you don't get in trouble," Trump said in South Carolina in August.

The former reality-TV star has continued to publicly decry the machines, even after using one at the AIPAC summit in March.

"I have started to use them a little bit,” he said. “They are not bad. You never get yourself in trouble when you use a teleprompter. You know the problem is, it's too easy.

"We should have nonteleprompter speeches only when you are running for president. You find out about people. The other way, you don't find out about anybody."