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Trump's Temperament Problem
For all of the attention on Hillary Clinton's honesty and trustworthiness, Donald Trump has maybe even a bigger problem -- temperament. According to the April NBC/WSJ poll, only 19% of all registered voters gave Clinton good marks for being honest and straightforward, while 48% gave her a "very poor" rating on this attribute. But Trump's numbers on whether he has the right temperament to be president were even worse in the poll: Just 12% gave him high marks here, versus 60% who gave him a "very poor" score. And Trump's temperament -- of lack thereof -- was on fully display at his news conference yesterday.
- On whether his fundraising numbers for veterans groups added up: "I wanted to keep it private, because I don't think it's anybody's business if I want to send money to the vets" (despite the fact that he held a public event to publicize the money being raised).
- On a reporter who asked another question on Trump's vet fundraising: "You're a sleaze!"
- On his criticism of fellow Republicans like New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez: "If I have a Republican that's not on my side, why should I be particularly nice to that person?"
- On conservative Bill Kristol trying to find an independent to run against Trump: "These people are losers."
- On the federal judge overseeing the case regarding Trump University: "The judge has been very unfair… He's been a very bad judge."