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Trump Lets Slip 'We're Going to Keep' Common Core

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I can’t even…

On Wednesday, real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump seemed to switch his position on the Common Core State Standards mid-speech. Millennial Josh Perry caught The Donald on video declaring “Common Core, we’re going to keep.”

That’s Trump defending Common Core, caught on tape by Perry, social media director at Ted Cruz for President.

We are going to do something special, ok, you ready? Common Core, we’re gonna keep. Trade we’re gonna make great. Military we are going to go through the — we are going to make it so great.

But earlier in the speech, Trump had said, “Common Core — a total disaster [applause] a disaster. We’re going to educate our kids. By the way, Jeb Bush loves Common Core, he wants people educated from Washington.” Trump likely didn’t change his mind — he just misspoke. But The Donald never misspeaks. He won’t admit any failure on his part, so here’s his response to being called out on it.

Others had different ideas. Here is CNN contributor Amanda Carpenter:

The nearly anonymous Just Karl also had a great response.

On Jeb Bush’s position, Trump is right on, however. Bush was booed off the stage at a Heritage Action event in South Carolina for supporting Common Core.

This one misstatement is unlikely to have any real negative impact on Trump’s campaign, but it may confirm the suspicions of some conservatives that Trump has switched sides too fast, without deeply considering the issues.