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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 06:43 PM

Something else about Trump (as though things weren't bad enough):

I figured out today one of the things that was bothering me about this ominous cloud on the horizon that is Donald Trump:

It is his paucity of language: he uses almost no sophisticated language or construction in his discourse. Now I certainly don't expect him to be a cross between Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Winston Churchill but the vast amount of his speech consists of one or two syllable street-language words with modifiers limited to words such as "very" or "no" or "big".

It isn't simply that he isn't elucidating policy or mechanism, he doesn't convey any substance via language any more than a traffic cop talking to motorists moving through an intersection or helping an elderly person across the street. There is something not right on multiple levels about this guy and this may be the least of the problems associated with his existence in the political sphere but perhaps it should be pointed out that not only is his intent ignorant and dangerous but there may be something else awry concerning his mental status. George W. Bush's inabilities to speak and communicate comfortably were legendary as we chronicled here at DU endlessly and amusingly, but he is a veritable Lord Chesterfield compared with this obnoxious pretender Trump.

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Reply Something else about Trump (as though things weren't bad enough): (Original post)
PCIntern Jun 2016 OP
spartan61 Jun 2016 #1
PCIntern Jun 2016 #2
mainstreetonce Jun 2016 #3
Spider Jerusalem Jun 2016 #4
Ruby the Liberal Jun 2016 #5
beveeheart Jun 2016 #6
monmouth4 Jun 2016 #7
PCIntern Jun 2016 #8

Response to PCIntern (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 06:49 PM

1. You are so right about Trump's speech.

Then whatever he says, he repeats. He thinks the crowd likes what he has just said. Then he usually adds, "Believe me."

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Response to spartan61 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 06:55 PM

2. exactly nt

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Response to PCIntern (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 06:56 PM

3. You are right

Let me tell you. Bigly

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Response to PCIntern (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:01 PM

4. It would be interesting to compare his word usage and syntax from 20 years ago vs now

a decline in verbal complexity is frequently a sign of early-onset dementia.

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Response to PCIntern (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:13 PM

5. Have you seen this?

Very well done breakdown of his language patterns. Bookmarked this as I had a sinking feeling it would be needed this summer.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017318753

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Response to PCIntern (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:11 PM

6. You forgot to include "great".

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Response to PCIntern (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:26 PM

7. Good to see you PC, it's been a while..n/t

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:36 PM

8. Thanks monmouth!

always nice to hear from you too

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