Donald Trump is known for freestyling it up at the podium, but on Monday night, he reversed course and did something he blasted his opponents for: He used a teleprompter.
Trump busted out the speech aid during in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, just minutes after ripping Democrat Hillary Clinton for using one.
“She’s just reading it off a teleprompter,” Trump said on CNN’s “Situation Room.” “Believe me, they write that for her.”
Hours before appearing to use his own prompter, Trump called Clinton "all talk," just reading it off a teleprompter. https://t.co/Z9PYyJXHdC
— Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf) March 21, 2016
Strangely, Trump did the same thing at AIPAC, which didn’t go unnoticed. His speech pattern was described as “stilted, halting” and mocked on Twitter.
— Kevin Madden (@KevinMaddenDC) March 21, 2016
Trump is using a teleprompter. His delivery in a prepared speech is a reminder why he tossed the one he had at his announcement speech
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 21, 2016
Trump on a teleprompter. Very low-energy. Believe me.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 21, 2016
This is a very politiciany speech. Trump is about as good at reading a TelePrompTer as John Kerry. Maybe a little worse
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) March 21, 2016
Trump had previously said presidential candidates should be banned from using teleprompters.
While the reviews weren’t amazing and in his favor, it could have been worse for Trump. He could have pulled an Al Sharpton vs. a Teleprompter.
h/t: The Hill