CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Regarding the housing discrimination case, the whole "I settled the lawsuit without admitting guilt" line I think hurt him. It's not like I'd vote for him anyway, but it made me (and I'm assuming some others) think of the powerful (like banking executives) dodging justice. It does send the (very true) message that a lot of federal cases against corporations fail, but it also made him look like part of the problem, rather than someone who can bring a solution.
He didn't really say that he didn't discriminate, just that he found a not-too-bad legal outcome.
I suspect the "I didn't pay any taxes because I'm smart" line gave him all the charm and grace of Leona Helmsley in the eyes of average people. That's a line for getting people to enroll in real estate classes at Trump "University", not something you say to voters.
It reminded me of the legalistic talk Clinton has used when asked directly about her emails. If you didn't discriminate you'd plainly say you didn't discriminate, not that you didn't admit you were guilty. Not admitting guilt is pretty common in settlements. Does he think the average person believes that if you're not found guilty in a lawsuit then you really must be innocent?
He also responded to "you were sued for discrimination" with "yeah, well, a lot of people were." Um, what? I honestly have no idea what point he was trying to make with that. Was he saying these discrimination lawsuits were frivolous and just thrown at anyone? Why not say this if that's what he was insinuating? He's no stranger to baseless accusations.