Donald Trump predicted nearly one year ago that he might make a big apology

Bryan Logan
Trump: sometimes I say things "I regret"
Trump: sometimes I say things "I regret"

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hinted last September that he might apologize for some things.

The real-estate mogul briefly pivoted from his usual rhetoric on Thursday during a speech in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Reading from a teleprompter, Trump said "Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing ... And I do regret it ... particularly where it may have caused personal pain."

Trump did not highlight any particular incidents that he regrets — and while he is better known for simply leaning into controversies rather than avoiding them, he has previously suggested that he is not above reproach.

In a September 2015 interview on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon, Trump quipped that "apologizing is a great thing, but you have to be wrong ... I will absolutely apologize sometime in the hopefully distant future if I'm ever wrong."

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For its part, Hillary Clinton's campaign did not buy Trump's mea culpa on Thursday. A statement from the campaign's deputy communications director, Christina Reynolds, called on the billionaire businessman to show some receipts.

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"Donald Trump literally started his campaign by insulting people," the statement read, adding that the apology is only "a well-written phrase until he tells us which of his many offensive, bullying and divisive comments he regrets — and changes his tune altogether."

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