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 Okay? 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. Hey everybody, thanks for watching. I want to point you in the direction of my friends over at Wisecrack who do some awesome work, some awesome video essays. If you like my stuff, you’re definitely going to like what they do. They talk about books, movies, and my personal favorite is definitely 8-Bit Philosophy, which is like philosophy explained with Nintendo graphics. So well done. I wish I had thought of that. Anyway, go over there, click there, subscribe, watch a video. If you guys want to help me out, as always, you can click right here, pledge a dollar or three dollars or five dollars to my channel. Help me start 2016 right. We’re going to do some awesome stuff in the next year. I can’t wait to see you guys next Wednesday for the next video and I will see you… Well, I just said I’ll see you next Wednesday, so bye!

  1. Except he didn't ban all Muslims from entering the country on for the countries the US haa been at war with over the course of the previous 18 years.

  2. He's very smart don't kid yourself. It is very difficult to form your sentanced in that manner. This is not simple speach even though it is simple words.

  3. No one told you shit how did you even end up in the White House and you really lost in 2016 your a fucking punk low life dog

  4. Look what happen to the White House there dog shit there in the over office no one call him and how do you call dog shit smart


  6. Yeah but u see Trump actually got shit done. Instead of kissing every countries ass and apologizing for existing, but great vid!

  7. If Trump speaks at a fourth grade level his speeches are going over the heads of the average American voter who is dumber than a rock.

  8. What about all the white Americans that go out on a shooting rampage , raping , molesting children , murdering .

  9. Let's not forget , we hate politicians when they use big words or complicated sentences when answering questions…or to avoid answering questions in the first place.

    Is the tire flat: POLITICIAN :It's unequivocally underinflated for its intended purpose but could potentially make things convoluted to move but could still be used.
    TRUMP: Yes. It's flat.

  10. “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within” Will Durant.
    This used car salesman is the perfect tool of destruction.
    Gringos, You are doomed.

  11. Trump is a stupid fuck who only appeals to stupid fucks (and there is no shortage of 'em out there). He does more harm to this country that any foreign element.

  12. tRump knows so little about anything, that ~any~ situation, discussion or question is as if he were thrown into a debate with the late Stephen Hawking on the concepts of real, space, and imaginary time.

  13. This is so pseudo investigation what load of trash ..
    Totaly empty crap .. this guy presenting this is so uninformed.

  14. It's hella sad when I would want racist ass Dubya Bush back in office lol
    This fool Trump is a hateful white DEVIL and I will never claim him as my president smh
    This is AmeriKKKa

  15. Fuck Trump, The worst president of United-States.
    Incitement to violence and hatred. Trump 2020, no way !

  16. The title would more accurately be, "How Donald Trump escapes a trap from an interviewer, and keeps the upper hand".

  17. He's a puppet. Y'all really that stupid to believ that they are that dumb to let decisions on him? Haha stupid people

  18. Trump appealls to ordinary folk who think and speak of common ev day and complex problems in simple terms.. Sophisticated elites, with disgust for Trump, interpret this as low mentality, because they want to. Has nothing to do with intellect. Those in any job may be, basically just as intellig. Take it from a smart man: "Genius comes from the ranks."……..Napoleon B.

  19. DJ Trump sued by Dept. of Justice for racial discrimination in fair housing, 1973, under Nixon for fucks sake.

    Trump "orders blacks off the floor when he's here", 1981, Kip Brown, Trump Castle.

    Calls Japanese "slants" during commencement speech, 1988, Lehigh University.

    "Bring back the death penalty" regarding the Central Park 5 – black men that served 14 years in prison because they were in the park at the time, later proven innocent with DNA evidence – 1989, Trump claims theyre guilty anyway, 2016

    "Black guys counting my money? I hate it…laziness is a trait in blacks, it really is, i believe that. It's not anything they can control." 1991. Trump says to playboy "that's probably true" 1997.

    Trump Plaza pays $200,000 fine for accomodating racist guest request to remove blacks and women during his stay, approved by Trump himself. 1992

    In congressional hearing Trump says "they dont look like indians to me" in protest to casino ownership laws. 1993

    Trump paid for attack ads against St Regis Mohawk tribe calling them "criminals and rapists", 2000

    Fires Kevin Allen on the Apprentice for being "over-educated", later admits "he's black…" 2004

    Trump PUBLICLY proposes blacks versus whites on the Apprentice, 2005

    Late Show with Letterman, when asked "do you hate Muslims?" Trump replied "well someone is blowing us up", 2010

    Now, the presidential bid.

    In speech launching.his campaign says Mexicans are "theives and rapists…bringing drugs and crime", 2015

    Called for Muslim travel ban, 2015

    "Do muslims hate the US?" Trump: "yes, alot of them do" 2016 republican debate

    Claims judge Curiel should recuse himself in criminal case against Trump university "because he's a Mexican", 2016

    Posts and quickly deletes an image of Hillary Clinton with a pile of money and star of David saying "most corrupt ever", 2016

    To black voters: "You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your you are unemployed”, the actual number of unemployed blacks was 17% at the time, 2016

    Says "there are some very fine people" of white supremacist groups, 2016

    Passes Muslim travel ban, 2017

    People of Haiti "all have AIDS", 2017

    "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” referring to Haiti, African countries, adding we want people from countries like Norway. 2017

    Claims that 4 members of congress, 3 of whom are American born, "go back" to the "catastrophe" countries they came from….uh…America, you mean? 2019

    This is just some of the shit he's said in public. Who still thinks he's not a racist moron? Change my mind.

  20. Statistically,it is far more likely that you will be killed by a falling cow,than be killed by religious extremists.

  21. Tremendous amount of knowledge based on the problem ? The enemy of knowledge is not ignorance it is the illusion of knowledge

  22. Don't worry. We do 'look' at his words. And also his actions. Be cause by your actions you will be judged. The table doesn't lie.

    It's the others using g fancy words without any clever moves that led to our current political climate. And people who read scripts. Or who cant answer a simple question.

  23. This is funny using his own tactics, but in the end you cant say he isnt smart. You dont end up making that ammount of money being an idiot. Just trying to push another agenda

  24. What has he said thqt was so racist?
    Muslim is not a race; Islam is not a race; Immigrant is not a race; Haitian and Mexican are nationalities…..

    The guy barely mentions race at all. That is what the far-leftists say and I'm done with this nonsense. He never judged hispanics based on their race like me…..c'mon guys. Facts don't care about feelings.

  25. He speaks to us in plain simple English not like a carrier Politition who spins and then needs someone afterwords to tell us what he said. Because they don't plan on doing what they say their going to do if elected. They hate Trump because He is doing what he said and he's doing what they run on every election.Were gonna build a wall were gonna fix immigration were gonna make Jerusalem the Capitol of Israel same thing over and over. HE IS DOING IT. WHAT WILL THEY RUN ON IF HE FIXES EVERYTHING_That's why they hate him.When he's finished that's it. They plan on being in politics till they die. Lot's of pork to steal. Trump doesn't need that pork.

  26. he is a true example of the problem of business and psychological manipulation to take people's money. its advertisement. Bernie Sanders had a point about wall street.

  27. confidence is always more effective than competence. people are easily fooled. blatant stupidity is the same as blatant confidence because it is a lack of self awareness and ability to self evaluate. not questioning oneself can fool people into thinking that this person must be right, if he is so sure! but anyone that is 100% certain of themselves without any doubt is always wrong and dangerous.

  28. This is all very nice and well, however you fail to see the impact of such statements and Trump's genius behind them.
    The public do not like to be lectured to by some professorial POS, such as Obama, nor maternaly castrated by Hillary(nurse Ratchet) Clinton.
    Trump talks the way people think.
    And the statement "America will never be a socialist country " might make you and your kind shit your diapers , but we the American people like that statement quite well, thank you.

  29. Let's say you ran a country, a Christian terrorist group is constantly attacking you. How do you know that every Christian that enters your country isn't a terrorist? Would you ban them? I would. It is no different for Muslims.

  30. The next time you think President Trump has a point, do yourself a favor and research what he is talking about because 9 times out of ten you will realize he actually does have a point and it's worth thinking on. Also, if you are really smart in the public arena you will use language that the lowest common denominator of people can understand. The ones with all the big words are either trying to lie or impress you with their sophisticated wording.


  32. If you're not a patriot? If you don't stand for the flag? If you do not respect our military and what they do? And if you do not support this man for all of these things and what he does for the American people? Then you can kiss my All American red white and blue patriotic ass.

  33. Yup…we have a problem. It's a tremendous problem. You can ask anyone you meet, and they'll tell you, there's a problem…


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