Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said in a Thursday morning interview he would be “so presidential” when the time comes, citizens will be “so bored.”
Trump also chalked up the announcement that famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill to “pure political correctness.”
Asked about his ability to draw back his outsized campaign tactics, Trump said he had to hit back “very hard” when all the other Republicans early in the race were attacking him.
“You’re being hit pretty hard. I felt I had to hit back very hard,” he said in a “Today Show” town hall. “If I didn’t, if I acted very presidential, I wouldn’t be sitting up here today, somebody else might be. It wouldn’t be me.”
The billionaire continued: “It’s easier for me to be presidential than for me to be doing what I’ve been doing for the last, really, nine months. But at the right time, I will be so presidential, you will be so bored. You will say, can’t he have a little bit more energy? But I know when to be presidential.
Later on in the interview, the GOP frontrunner said while Tubman “is fantastic,” he would prefer her likeness go on another denomination, like the $2 bill, echoing remarks from surrogate Ben Carson on Wednesday.
“Andrew Jackson had a great history. I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” Trump said. “Yes, I think it’s pure political correctness.”