How Donald Trump Answers A Question

But isn’t it un-American and wrong to discriminate against people based on their religion?
But, Jimmy, the problem
Uh, I mean, look, I’m for it…
But, look…
We have people coming into our country
that are looking to do tremendous harm.
You look at the two-
Look at Paris.
Look at what happened in Paris.
I mean, these people, they did not come from Sweden
Look at what happened in Paris.
Look at what happened last week in California,
with…with, you know, fourteen people dead.
Other people going to die,
they’re so badly injured.
We have a real problem.
There’s a tremendous hatred out there.
And what I wanna do is find out what-
you know, you can’t solve a problem
until you find out what’s the root cause.
And I wanna find out what is the problem
what’s going on.
And, it’s temporary
I’ve had so many people call me and say thank you.
Now, if you remember, when I did that a week ago
it was like bedlam
All of a sudden —
and you watch last night
and you see people talking.
They say, “Well, Trump has a point.
We have to get down to the problem.”
The people that are friends of mine that called,
they said,
“Donald, you’ve done us a tremendous service,
because we do have a problem
and we have to find out what is the —
-and we have to find out what is the–
-those might have been prank calls
-those may have been prank calls
-No, no
One of the things I find fascinating about Donald Trump
is the way he uses language
differently than other candidates for political office,
especially president of the United States
Whereas his opponents and the political class in general seem hyper-aware that
their words would be picked apart and used against them
Trump willfully disregards this fact.
As a lifelong salesman, he has a huckster’s knack for selling a feeling
even if the ideas and facts that underscore it are spurious, racist or just plain incomprehensible
so I thought it would be illuminating to look at a Trump answer to a simple question
In this case Jimmy Kimmel asking Trump whether or not it’s wrong to discriminate against people based on their religion
referring to Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States
This 220 word, exactly 1 minute answer displays
I think, a range of the things that Trump uses all the time in his speech
The first thing to know is how simple this language is
Of the 220 words, 172, or 78%, are only one syllable
and often they come in a rhythmic series like a volley of jabs ending with one of his buzz words
we have to get down to the problem
39 words, or 17%, are two syllables long
only 4 words have 3 syllables, 3 of which are the word tremendous, tremendous, tremendous
and just two words are 4 syllables long
California, which he’s forced to use because it has less syllables than San Bernardino
and temporary, which he swallows
and it’s temporary, I’ve had so many people
this breakdown fits with the study done by the Boston Globe
that put all 2016 presidential candidates’ announcement speeches
through the Flesch-Kincaid readability test to determine their respective grade level rankings
Donald Trump’s speech came out at the 4th grade reading level
Now for reference, Ben Carson came out at 6th grade
Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush were speaking at an 8th grade reading level
and Bernie Sanders was a way up in high school, a sophomore, to be exact
Now this isn’t only down to word or syllable choice
it’s about sentence construction, too
Trump favors simple sentences like
we have a real problem
there is a tremendous hatred out there
Rarely does he use complex sentences or independent clauses
He also favors the second person a lot of the time, addressing listeners directly with commands
Look at Paris
Look at what happened in Paris
Look at what happened in Paris
Look at what happened last week in California
Or implicating us in what he’s saying as if we’ve already agreed
and you watch last night, and you see people talking
He’s really good at this, at framing negative response as an over-reaction that was subsequently realized as such
if you remember, when I did that a week ago it was like bedlam.
All of a sudden – and you watch last, and you see people talking.
They said, “Well Trump has a point. We have to get down to the problem.”
Maybe the most important technique Trump utilizes and he does this more than anyone I’ve ever heard
is ending his sentences with strong punchy words.
A lot of times he’ll rearrange the beginning of a sentence awkwardly, so that he can end strong.
For example, here, it would probably be more natural to say
you can’t solve a problem until you find out what the root cause is
but he brings the is forward to end on root cause
he does the same here
and it looks like he was going to about the same in the end before Kimmel cuts him off
these final words are crucial for Trump
They’re pointed and taken together sketch the theme of the entire answer
harm, dead, die, badly injured, problem, root cause
thank you, bedlam, point, problem, service, problem
In some sense, it’s these words that audiences remember
especially when the rest of the speech is incoherent
Like the best salesman, Trump keeps it simple, he repeats a lot
we have a real problem, what is the problem
we do have a problem, we have to get down to the problem
and he uses his favorite words over and over
tremendous, tremendous, tremendous service
and he always seems to have friends who are part of the group that he’s currently insulting
calling him up and thanking him for the privilege
many of them called me they said you know Donald, you’re right, we have a problem and look, there is a problem
Donald Trump knows when to sound incredulous, or forceful
He has good comedic instinct, you can even call him witty
but you can’t call him smart or well informed
the best salesman could sell you a TV without knowing anything about it
because the TV isn’t what matters.
What matters, is you.
And if you are an American citizen who, for years
has listened to politicians sound sophisticated while accomplishing nothing
you might just be primed for something
that is everything they are not.
But the next time you feel like Donald Trump has a point
do yourself a favor
and look at his words.
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100 Replies to “How Donald Trump Answers A Question”

  1. Maybe he's re-ordering sentences to end on strong words but that's still grammatically incorrect. He talks like an EFL student.

  2. Stop calling him low grader. He knows many three sylabul words: MC nug ets, MC chic ken (sandwich). He even knows four sylabul: quar ter pound er. Now that's education, if you steal my lunch money I will regime change you.

  3. What is the problem, answer the question ,Donald. Did you not get the question? What is the problem!. What is that tremendous problem!

  4. And u wonder how this guy got himself elected president, he asks? Well, the truth is he didn't. Putin got him elected. Do ur research America, and mayb learn to speak Russian

  5. Who calls Donald Trump on the phone and tells him he's doing great? His personal friends? Who else would have his phone number, besides Putin and all of Trump's best buddies in prison? Those peeps are all criminals, so they don't count… which renders the entire statement one more big, fat lie from the mouth of a creepy, unwashed, sub-human monster.

  6. OK… let’s get real. If you (yes, I’m talking to you) don’t want “same stuff – different day” (SS-DD) then you’ve got to VOTE VOTE VOTE your conscious in November 2020.  If you don’t want to allow Trump to have a second chance to BS us (again), then you’ve got to let your voice be heard.  You’ve got to help us all (ALL) come together for our beloved US of A.

  7. r Obama was a very good speaker, but look what came with it. ALL YOU LIBTARD's NEED TO READ THIS: Obama's legacy: Obama has been the Most Corrupt, Divisive and Subversive president we've ever had. (Not to mention his treasonous activity which I'll be getting into shortly) People need to realize just how divisive Obama was to this country. He completely destroyed civility in discourse, and personally set back race relations over 50 years. Before Obama, people were never divided over any of these issues: ANTIFA; Black Lives Matter; Open Borders; Obamacare Exchanges; Sanctuary Cities; Thousands living in tents, shooting up, and relieving themselves in the streets; Giving billions of dollars to terrorist regimes; Dreamers and DACA; Conservative congressman being shot, Confusion over which bathroom to use; "Social Democrats" Thanks, Barry! Your legacy lives on…. Obama succeeded in only one thing, dividing the nation as he was taught as an affirmative-action student at Harvard, in true Alinsky community organizer style. Hate what America's become? You can blame Obama and his anarchist pals. Under him, his administration and appointees have use the IRS to target conservatives, — sold guns to the Mexican drug cartels, — deliberately refused the ongoing requests for more security at Ben Ghazi (because he had plans to make a big hero of himself just before the Re-election, by having his fellow Muslims (Muslim Brotherhood) kidnap ambassador Stevens, who he planned to get back by trading for the blind Sheikh), — he also claimed he killed bin Laden, but deliberately threw the proof that he actually did so, into the ocean, (then made sure the 6 "Navy SEALs" that were said to have performed the mission, meet a quick untimely death), — he supported and financed terrorists, excusing himself by calling them moderates, — tried to oust the moderate Mideast leaders who torture and kill terrorists while protecting the Christians, — He ILLEGALLY gave up & released the 5 most vicious terrorist organizer-commanders that Gitmo had in trade for the return of the deserter/traitor/defector Sgt. Bergdahl, who he lied about, saying that he had served with honor when he deserted his unit to go join the Teliban. (how did this not clue you into that there was something traitorously wrong with Obama ??????????) — He Released the Jahadi organizer & commander (with a PHD in Islamic studdies) Al Bahgdaddi, the future leader and commander of ISIS, knowing full well what he would do. Then he waited around until Bahgdaddi got his 10,000 men army together and was ready to move on Iraq. Then Obama, against the advice of ALL advisors, both military and civilian, abruptly pulled all of our soldiers out of Iraq, but leaving all of our military hardware there for them to take possession of. And then refused to do anything about their take over of Iraq and genocide of Mideast Christians, calling them "just a JV team" as if they weren't worth bothering with. (It was Trump who had them wiped out within a year and retrieved our victory in Iraq that Obama had given away to ISIS) Of course you never heard leftist- globalist owned CNN mention any of that. — Obama also exponentially increased the deep state's shadow government that has hijacked our nation by filling his administration and all the key positions of government with some 10,000 communist, Muslims, globalist and extreme leftist, none of which have America's best interest at heart (like Hillery a definite Alinskyite communist),Lynch, Eric holder, Comey (Yes he is a communist), Rosenstein, McCabe, Rahm Emanuel, Clapper, Brennan (a communist and a converted Muslim), Van Jones (a card carrying Communist Obama had to fire because he made his communist affiliation all too well known, so the leftist/globalist owned corporate conglomerate news outlet of CNN hired him) Now that the Mueller investigation has been completed and Trump has been found to be without guilt, MARK MY WORDS, most of these Corrupt and Subversive Deep State apparatchiks that I just mentioned and many others are going to be investigated, indicted and imprisoned. In past eras they would be executed. And it's not like their treasonous crimes went unnoticed, it's just that the deep state, of which are leftist/globalist owned news conglomerates are a part, protected and have covered for their own, not telling you much about these things. — Beyond all that, shortly before Obama finally came out with the long form birth certificate, it was Obama's mother's friend and fellow Subud Cult member that was mysteriously appointed to head the Hawaii Department of Health from where Hawaiian birth certificates are issued. And she met her mysterious untimely death within a month of its issuance. And all these things I have told you are but a small percentage of the totality of Obama treason. Want TO Know MORE ? See This: HTTPS://@ Because it gets even worse than that. And I have even more for you if you want to bother to request it. Do you now begin to see the evil with which you have aligned yourself ??? What the Fuck is wrong with you lamebrain Marxist propaganda programmed politically retarded nitwits ?????????? EXPLAIN YOUR SELVES, dumb ass Obama loving Trump haters.

  8. he's absorbed every 'how to sell shit to people' manual of sales patter ever written. Downplay the negatives, swallow the down sides and repeat, repeat, repeat the upside, the spin, and the lies until the customer is too tired to sift between the BS and the legit. Trump's self dealing sales pitch is constant, and it's insufferable. Without a constant rotation of lawyers, journalists and talking heads he'd be impossible to stop. Entropy will destroy this flabby, ignorant, arrogant, gas bag. He can't keep up with the fact checking, and even though he's destroyed much of our democracy so far, none of his decrees are final, none of the SCOTUS legislation can last for too long. Entropy will be the final say and until he's dragged under by the weight of his own ego, he'll be surrounded by lawyers, which is a kind of hell in itself.

  9. I think you're wrong: he IS smart, because he seems to be very purposefully speaking in this simple way. He's picked up on the popularity of anti-PC culture, and employing it to full effect. That's pretty damn smart and intuitive.

  10. Is this commentator for real, this is why Trump was elected, simple sentences for simple people, the majority of folks are basic down to earth beings, only a small minority of the population, understands complex language of the so called elite, who mostly couldnt look after themselves if Nanny, or cook or the gardener, wasnt around to do the real work. Giving these overlords sustenance, and time to plot and plan, and menial factory workers, slog for 50 to eighty hours a week, to earn a crust. Trump is a milti billionair, but talks the simple peoples language, tells them what they want to hear, and does his best to come through for them.j

  11. @3:20 Ben Sharpio speaks at the Einstein level. Trump says woman should be punished for a abortion? Equal? I don't think so girls. Insanity.

  12. Do you really think that this guy is talking like this deliberately , in a way that deserves to study him ?
    You should study the stupid people who vote for this maniac.

  13. But the question is worthless, because he's not racist , how many times did he select black people to be on the APPRENTICE? How many times did a black female win the show /manager job ?

  14. I had a university professor teach us to avoid using words that are rarely known " dosent make u look smart " , "makes u look : desperate, compensating, pretentious, bullscmit, & at that moment fail to communicate "

  15. Most Americans are really…..really..really stupid.
    Trump knows and trying to get his message across
    Do yourself a favor idiot.

  16. Try cops on campus and mix in the Vietnam War, some massacre of babies and old people, and cannabis use as a way of getting more cops on campus. There was also this shooting where the army killed its own science students.
    You can't just do all these things and expect to turn the page and forget about it. promotes eventual bloody revolution.

  17. Bullshit analysis. Concise direct language anyone can understand. Talking over peoples heads does not make you right, President Trump is smart, informed and competent. Fuck the words! Look at the accomplishments. I’ll sum this up, only an ignorant idiot ignores results and whines about language.

  18. imagine thinking that you can discredit someones overall perspective or view point by simply criticizing their use of vocabulary and language.

  19. I love how Jimmy asks trump questions and then when trump tries to answer them Jimmy just makes fun of him, so petty, so immature. So much for love and acceptance of different view points.

  20. You got the facts wrong. Anyone with any intellect you have researched what the ban actually was. The ban was against countries that we know are our enemies, and have a large amount (note the modifier) 'radical' Islamics. The ban was NOT against ALL Muslims. So there you have the problem. And please, kind sir, realize that there are many forms of intelligence. Obviously, the man knows what he's doing. He wasn't my pick, but I'd really have a poor speaker, rather than an expert liar. So please, stop with the Kumbaya. Our country has enemies. We are "sheltered" by the puppet masters, and we are blind. The blindness we inflict on ourselves. No one wants to be outside of their comfort zone. If you don't think Trump knows that, then kind sir, your maturity level is at entry-level kindergarten.

  21. I don't think you're right about why trump won people over. I believe the only reason trump won was because people were voting against Hillary, not necessarily for Trump, but it was the only other choice, no one wanted that old nasty bitch in office.

  22. i personally don't think Trump is following any particular technique.. though that doesn't mean we can't study his style and glean or construct a speaking formula from it.. but i think this is his style.. and it just comes natural to him..i also think it emanates from an inner integrity and confidence..i would like to see a study on Obama's speech pattern

    TRUMP is looking to do tremendous harm to America

    Fact: TRUMP has illegally used the Department of Homeland Security to bring thousands of anti-american anti-white racist criminal illegal-alien Hispanic Central American terrorist sleeper-sells into the United States of America

    TRUMP is a phony, lier, hypocrite, traitor, and a sleeper-sell President.

    He was knighted by the Queen of England — do I need to say more…

  24. Sometimes when I hear trump, I don't think anything worth listening from anything he say, but from the use of the word we, is like watching Dora the explorer, we did it, lo hicimos! We did it, lo hicimos!
    On another episode of trump the explorer…

  25. Ohh! also the we could stand for every different versions of me! Tiny Trump's. Like multiple personalities with the same personality, he call himself, he praise himself, he love himself, he thanks himself and he love him back.and all the we are all tthe me Trump's. He could end up be a new discovery on new psiquiatric syndrome.

  26. There's no system behind this guy's speech. When will you people finally acknowledge that?
    He's a narcisist, a bag of skin and bones, which are a waste of oxygen. Hi Co2 balance is negative! Every breath he breathes out is more damaging, than him sitting on his fat ass all day, doing nothing.

    You elected a moron into the most powerful office because of racism, xenophobia and people being fucking stupid!

    There is no grand strategy behind that! Get to terms with it, and get rid of the fucker!

    Unless you really do want to be the next, but bigger Germany, ca. 1339.

    Get off your ass and at least vote!

  27. Here's the problem… you're a douchebag, and your TDS comes across loud and clear. He uses methods that are EFFECTIVE, because they WORK.. unlike you. And he doesn't have to beg people for money on YouTube.

    I bet you were the kid who always shit on other people's accomplishments, but never had any of his own. You're akin to a movie critic… but they get more respect.

  28. It's called keep it simple reiterate and substantiate
    That's what most of simple people need to hear to understand
    Self glorification only helps other people appreciate
    Any other simple things we need to figure out here that the majority of simple people Understand!

  29. Thank God for smart people in the world to do what they do like all our leaders in Washington I pray for him because I cannot do what they do and I hope they make the right choices for the world so we all should pray for him and wish him well not harm or bad thing God bless our leaders and God bless America

  30. 4:30 to learn to speak like this, when its not a copied pattern, he doesn't live in a society that talks like this, kinda punches his IQ up a few notches for me. Not that he's using that for good. But its like deciding to talk like Yoda. It takes some brain power to do it in a world where its an odd way to speak.

  31. C'mon man he just a dumb puppet. Shoulda put all this study towards the racist fuckers who put him up there in the first place. Tell me something I don't know.

  32. @1:45 "muh racism"

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