Political journalist Sebastian Payne claims the normalisation of Donald Trump is beginning after the presidential candidate appeared to soften his stance on his 'Muslim ban'.
Prior to becoming the presumptive candidate for the Republican Party, Trump called for "a complete and total shutdown" on all Muslims entering the US following the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino last year.
After refusing to retract his comments at the time, the billionaire businessman appears to have made a U-turn by calling the ban "a suggestion" in an interview, and by stating newly-elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan would be an exception.
Payne, a digital comment editor for the Financial Times, said this was entirely to be expected.
"What he was doing during the Republican primaries was appealing to a great mass of disaffected people," he explained to Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Now he's presumptive candidate, he's shifting it to a very different audience: the whole of America.
"The normalisation of Donald Trump is beginning, and we're going to see more of it."
The political journalist pointed out Trump has plenty of work to do in this area because his previous comments have alienated him from specific groups of the American population.
"His poll ratings with women are abysmal," Payne added. "He's said some very distasteful things.
"Whether or not he rolls back on his comments - which you'd assume would be the next thing if Trump is trying to normalise his candidacy - how this translates at the ballot box will be interesting."