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Trump’s Language And Grammer Skills Are Embarassing

September 22, 2019

During the time when President George W. Bush was in the White House, some teachers took paragraphs from his spoken words and asked students to diagram them.  It was often impossible to complete and became a lesson in the importance of grammar.

Today we are needing to experience the same lessons with the tortured lack of language skills exhibited by Donald Trump.  After reading the following column from an international reporter I just had to post a segment for my readers.  The words reflect the national embarrassment we feel caused by Trump.

In writing about this not-especially-important or unusual press conference I’ve run into what US reporters must encounter every day. I’ve edited skittering, half-finished sentences to present them in some kind of consequential order and repeated remarks that made little sense. 

In most circumstances, presenting information in as intelligible a form as possible is what we are trained for. But the shock I felt hearing half an hour of unfiltered meanderings from the president of the United States made me wonder whether the editing does our readers a disservice.

I’ve read so many stories about his bluster and boasting and ill-founded attacks, I’ve listened to speeches and hours of analysis, and yet I was still taken back by just how disjointed and meandering the unedited president could sound. Here he was trying to land the message that he had delivered at least something towards one of his biggest campaign promises and sounding like a construction manager with some long-winded and badly improvised sales lines.

I’d understood the dilemma of normalising Trump’s ideas and policies – the racism, misogyny and demonisation of the free press. But watching just one press conference from Otay Mesa helped me understand how the process of reporting about this president can mask and normalise his full and alarming incoherence.

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