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Language Expert: Donald Trump’s Way Of Speaking Is ‘Oddly Adolescent’ | The 11th Hour | MSNBC


.>>>WELCOME BACK TO FRIDAY NIGHT BROADCAST. LET’S AGREE FOR THE SAKE OF THE NEXT CONVERSATION THAT DONALD TRUMP USES THE MOST COLORFUL LANGUAGE OF ANY PRESIDENT AT LEAST IN THE MODERN ERA AND SAYS SOME OF THE MOST QUESTIONABLE THINGS. AND THAT IS WHERE OUR NEXT GUEST COMES IN. JOHN IS A LINGUIST. HE HAS A PH.D.. HE TEACHES AT COLUMBIA. HE TOO IS COLORFUL WHEN TALKING ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND SPECIFICALLY HOW THIS PRESIDENT TALKS. THAT’S WHY WE TALKED ABOUT IT WITH JOHN McWHARTER.>>THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.>>THANK YOU, BRIAN.>>I’VE BEEN WANTING TO ASK YOU, WHAT IS YOUR LING WIS TICKS DEFINITION OF THIS PRESIDENT?>>DONALD TRUMP LINGUISTIKALLY IS UNADORNED. THIS IS THE BASICS. THIS IS WHAT LANGUAGE WAS UNDOUBTEDLY LIKE WHEN IT FIRST EMERGED AMONG PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T HAVE WRITING AND WERE FIRST GETTING THEIR VERBAL SEA LEGS. THIS IS WHERE IT STARTED. AND SO IN THAT WAY, AS IN SO MANY OTHERS, DONALD TRUMP IS AN ORIGINAL.>>THAT WOULD MEAN THAT EDUCATION AND SCHOOLING HAS HAD NO EFFECT ON HIS USE OF LANGUAGE WAJ. HE’S QUICK TO REMIEPD US HE WENT TO THE BEST SCHOOLS.>>AND LEARNED NOTHING IN THEM. HE SPEAKS LIKE ONE WHO PAID NO EDUCATION TO ONE OF THE GOALS OF EDUCATION WHICH IS TO REFINE OUR SPEECH. HE USES THOSE SAME WAYS OF SPEAKING IN WHAT MOST OF US USED TO CONSIDER FORMAL.>>I THINK IN YOUR LINE OF WORK THEY CALL IT A TAG. WHEN SOMETHING IS ADDED TO THE END OF A TRADITIONAL SENTENCE. SO OFTEN HE WILL TAG A SENTENCE WITH BELIEVE ME, BELIEVE ME, AND ENFORCER. SOMETHING HE THOUGHT WAS LACKING IN THE ORIGINAL SENTENCE.>>UH-HUH. IT’S THAT HE’S REINFORCING. ALSO HE’S USING ORAL SPEECH. WE’RE CHECKING TO SEE THAT THE OTHER PERSON WE’RE SAYING, THEY’RE IN THE SAME BOAT WE ARE. THAT’S WHAT “YOU KNOW IS, ” THINGS LIKE LOL IN TEXTING. HE DOES THAT, TOO, BUT ONCE AGAIN IT’S NOT IN TEXTING, HE’S DOING IT IN FORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH MEANS THAT HE NEVER LEAVES THE REALM OF THE CASUAL WHEN HE SPEAKS. WHICH IS UNLIKE EVEN SAY INDIGENOUS SOCIETIES WHERE THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS READ NG AND WRITING, THERE’S ALWAYS A HIGH AND LOW WAY OF TALKING. THE CHIEF DOESN’T GET UP AND RUN HIS MOUTH, OURS DOES.>>THERE’S A FRIEND OF OUR BROADCAST WHO WORKS FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND SAYS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP THERE ARE VISUAL AND AUDIO TELLS THAT HE PEPPERS HIS SPEECH WITH WHERE IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S COMING, YOU KNOW WHAT’S COMING. I WANT TO RUN A MONTAGE OF A TRUMP PHRASE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW. IN HIS READING OF IT. PEOPLE DON’T KNOW FOR DONALD TRUMP MEANS I JUST LEARNED. HERE’S THE EXAMPLE.>>FRANCE IS AMERICA’S FIRST AND OLDEST ALLY. OUR FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, ABRAHAM LINCOLN RAN HIS FIRST F CAMPAIGN TORE PUBLIC OFFICE IN 1832. GREAT PRESIDENT. MOST PEOPLE DON’T EVEN KNOW HE WAS A REPUBLICAN, RIGHT? DOES ANYONE KNOW? LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT. PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE WE ARE A UNBELIEVABLY DIVIDED COUNTRY. I HAVE TO TELL YOU IT’S A UNBELIEVABLY COMPLEX SUBJECT. NOBODY KNEW HEALTH CARE COULD BE TO COMPLICATED.>>YOU’RE LAUGHING, WHY?>>THAT ASPECT OF HIM, I CAN’T SAY ANYTHING PARTICULARLY LINGUISTIC ABOUT IT. HE HAS THE NEED TO BE THE ALPHA MALE, THE IDEA MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS IS COMING FROM THE SAME WELL. THE IDEA IS HE’S ALWAYS THE ONE WHO’S ONE STEP AHEAD. IN THAT, FRANKLY, I DON’T FIND HIM LINGUISTICALLY CHALLENGED AS SOMEBODY WHO’S AUDIBLY ADOLESCENT FOR SOMEBODY WHO’S A SENIOR CITIZEN.>>WHAT ABOUT HIS OTHER FAVORITES, BELIEVE ME AND MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, OR MORE THAN WE’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE?>>SOME OF THAT IS BECAUSE THEY’RE REALLY ONLY — I’M SORRY TO SAY IT, BUT THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY THOUGHTS. AND SO OFTEN HE’S SPEAKING, AND I THINK HE RUNS OUT OF NEW INSIGHTS SO HE COVERS IT WITH THINGS LIKE BELIEVE ME OR IT CAN’T EVER BE THAT SOMETHING IS BAD, IT’S VERY BAD OR VERY, VERY BAD. THOSE ARE HIS EQUIVALENTS OF ROUGHLY, UM OR SCRATCHING HIS HEAD. I HI THE CONTENT OF WHAT HE’S SAYING IS SLIMMER THAN THE BULK OF THE VERBIAGE THAT HE SPUS OUT.>>HE’S 71 YEARS OLD NOW PRESIDENT IN A AGE OF INSTAND TAKENIOUS FACT CHECKING. HE’S NOT USED TO HIS AD-LIB BEING FACT CHECKED IN REAL TIME. DO YOU THINK HE’S BUMPED UP AGAINST THAT DYNAMIC.>>I DON’T THINK HE’LL CHANGE IN THAT WAY. HE SIMPLY HAS NO DEODORANT WEARING SUNDAY BEST WAY OF SPEAKING, THAT INCLUDES YOU HAVE TO HAVE A MORE RESPONSIBLE SENSE OF TRUTH THAN WHEN YOU’RE JUST BSING WITH YOUR PALS. WHEN WE SPEAK CASUALLY ALL THE TIME WE SAY THINGS WHERE MAYBE IF WE CHECKED UP ON IT THINGS MIGHT BE DIFFERENT. HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND IF YOU’RE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, YOU CAN’T JUST TALK. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE JUST TALKING BECAUSE YOU’RE MOVING YOUR MOUTH, BUT THERE’S THIS OTHER ART THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO MASTER. HE WASN’T NRD THAT SORT OF THING IN SCHOOL. THIS IS SOMEBODY WHOS NUMBER TO THE ARTFUL. HE HAS A NARCOTIC JOY IN DISMISSAL AND BEE LITTLE MEANT RATHER THAN BUILDING AND DECORATING. AND SO HE’S GOING TO KEEP RUNNING UP AGAINST THE WALL. HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU’RE PRESIDENT YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THINGS WHICH ARE WHAT WE CALL TRUTH THINGS IN LINGUISTIC.>>ARE YOU JOINING THE INTERSECTION OF NARSY SISM AND LINGUISTIC.>>HE IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU GET SOMEBODY EXTREMELY ARTFUL AND I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY, CLINICALLY NARCISSISTIC AND TALKING ALL THE TIME TO US IN OUR HOUSES ABOUT SERIOUS THINGS. THAT’S WHAT’S SO STRIKING ABOUT LISTENING TO THIS PERSON TALK. WHAT’S UNFORTUNATE IS HOW MUCH WE’VE HAD TO LISTEN TO IT. I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD BE UNDER ANY IMPRESSION THAT IT’S GOING TO CHANGE BECAUSE WE’RE IN A INFORMAL ERA. IN A WAY, HE’S A PRODUCT OF SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE MID ’60s AND IN MANY CASE IT’S IN GOOD WAYS. IN AMERICA YOU AND I WOULD HAVE HAD TO WEAR DID HE DOORA ASSEN SUITS EVEN ON HOT SUMMER DAYS, BUT SOMETHING ELSE THAT LEFT WAS YOU PUT SPEECH IN ITS SUNDAY BEST. ALL OF US FAKE IT TO A EXTENT. WE COULD HAVE PREDICTED SOMEBODY WOULD COME ALONG WHO WOULD ONLY TALK RATHER THAN SPEAK AND BECOME PRESIDERESIDENT OF THE U STATES. I DON’T THINK TRUMP IS GOING TO BE LAST IN THAT

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  • Paul D

    The average adult reads at a sixth grade level. He knows this. Not everyone went to college and not everyone graduated from high school and out of those that did, most did not get all As.

  • Cal Gal

    I’ve often wondered what the heck happened to Trump that caused his “arrested development” and total lack of interest in learning anything!?? How could someone of his advanced age know absolutely nothing about anything? He is the oddest and most revolting person I’ve ever seen.

  • karla Hammond

    For someone who always criticizes others, he can not hide the fact that he has very limited vocabulary, and, you can always tell when he's just learned a new word, and it's hilarious to see………

  • Carl Collins

    Another example of the hateful attitude which will prevent a Democrat from gaining the White House for a very long time.

  • Terry Vanbocquestal

    The professor certainly is focused on Trumps communication style, but totally misses the genius of Trump's intellect which is way above the insights being cited by many of the comments….most just don't comprehend Trump, and is due to their leftist socialist, communist's leanings!!  Even the liberal bunch is being self blinded by their hatred and feelings over common sense

  • Teriqua Jones

    The comments of the host were intended to bring out the worst in our President. 
    Remember, Donald Trump is not a politician; he speaks like a businessman.

  • rev erie

    I don't understand how can people in the comments say stuff like he has a mental disease. That's the problem of watching only the news where they cut his words and change the context to make him look bad. It's like giving a kid a toy to shut them up. Everytime I listen to Trump speaking he makes perfect sense. We could use a business man like him in Europe. Americans are dumb sometimes, modern liberals are destroying the country.

  • Carmen Montemayor

    Linguistically Unadorned LOL … why do people expect a higher elevated vocab- from the clearly intellectually disabled?

  • Margit Ouma

    Honestly not only is he not presidential in his speech, but just as a senior citizen adult who supposedly went to the best schools he talks like he barely finished school.

  • Thea Baker

    He is ignorant plain and simple. Attending a good school doesn't make you intelligent as standing in a garage doesn't make you a car

  • Cali Coastin

    Don the Con trump talks like an uneducated 10 year old child with a head injury
    He speaks in monosyllabic words and repeats the same 3 words bad sad and bad again..
    His serious lack of education and history shows, has he ever read a book in his entire life?
    He also acts like a high school teenage drama queen, a serial narcissist and complete sociopath
    He always repeats himself but never has anything smart to say. He's a snake oil salesman a greasy con and a fraud
    Whoever thought that a reality TV hack should get voted to the most prestigious position in the US should get their
    head examined.

  • msndrstdwlf BB

    The linguist is not qualified to determine if trump is insane. I have a degree in registered nursing, i worked in icu for many years. Part of my education was interning at several different mental health facilities. I have clinical experience in mental health. There is more going on with trump besides narcissism. While he may not be schizophrenic or bipolar, he has a plethora of personality disorders and antisocial tendencies. The fear of others he displays borders on paranoia, his racism and hatred for humanity indicates his inferiority complex. The lack of conscience or empathy is an indication of antisocial personality disorder. If he was not privileged financially he would be a street thug. But most alarming and concerning is his tendancy toward authoritarianism. The policies he promotes are more consistant with a dictator than a conservative. The racism, the fearmongering, his promotion of violence and his constant attempts at suppressing the values that make US a free and just nation are the most immediate threat to democracy our country has ever faced in its short history.

  • Team Mongoose

    I believe trump is on the down slide to a child again. We all revert to a child like state. Trumps predisposition to a adolescence like behavior, is alarming.

  • Matt Johnston

    Obama was very "well spoken" and ordered drone strikes on American citizens and removed the Churchill bust that was a gift from Europe after the horror of WW2. I'll take real action with adolescent speech over a fancy Wallstreet backed career politician like Osama any day.

  • mw3516405

    He speaks so ppl can understand him !! Doesn't talk over their heads like many politicians !! Many politicians you'd have to have higher education to understand their terminology .😁

  • jwttwjjwt jwttwjjwt Turner

    If the Pentagon can't tell the F-35 is a pig in a poke , it has no business managing US National Security and its Defense . America a Blind Willie barbeque fit for carving up .

  • L CHAPUT

    Let’s see now.
    If the fruited plain were a genuinely first-rate,
    prosperous, educated, productive, honorable, and mature society of aristos,
    would it hoist a perfect, flaming fatload horror up its flagpole for all the
    world to admire?
    NO.

  • Theresa Johnson

    Matthew 5:37 Let your statement 'Yes" be 'Yes' and 'No' be 'No.' Anything more than these are coming from evil intentions. Trump has an evil tongue.

  • Anne Martin

    We know that Trump is a narcissist and brilliant sociopath. He partnered with another kindred spirit named Putin. Trump gave a voice to hatred. He became their leader !!! So every black hearted porch sitting banjo plucking ignoramus crawled out from under their rock and googled "how to vote".
    I have always wondered how hitler could turn an entire country against one group. Now I understand.

  • defcon six

    That's because Trump speaks to the masses as if he is talking to friends, and when you talk to friends, it's informal, no cue cards no script. Obama read a speech that was prepared by staff. Trump went to the best schools and didn't learn anything, this expert tells us. And he came to this opinion based in his own knowledge base, because ? It must be because Trump is so unsuccessful and poor. Nice try msnbc im sure some of your viewers are dumb enough to not see right through your BS.

  • simpaticaism

    I am amazed at the hate toward the president when Bsh was a complete joke to listen to …..and in addition killed a million in Iraq with NO evidence …..

  • joan kelly

    He is a real person and uses the words normal people use every day. I have a 150 IQ my husband could not read or write, does that mean I should have made fun of him? You are very assinine, to make remarks about a Great Man.

  • Rare Rhino Studios, LLC

    The truth of the matter is very simple. We were warned the day he ascended down the escalator at Trump Towers. Every newspaper except for one in boldface type said he was unfit to be President of the United States. Who is responsible for allowing this vindictive, unstable, racist, inhuman, indecent desperate piece of rotten flesh in our house? It is all of us. We are allowing a fool to take our decency, liberty, respectability and our democracy right out from under us. If you are waiting for a messiah to fall out of the clouds and take you by the hand and lead you to the promised land. Then we are the fools that bought the treat from a trick.

  • Beverly Rhame

    Just glancing at that orange monsters face with the dead eyes and white pasty circles around them and the hatred on his disgusting mug makes ones eyes hurt and tells you all that you need to know about him he’s Satan’s spawn 👹🤡👹🤡👹🤡👹👹👹👹

  • Dennis Nelson

    A man who was fired for lying to America. but now NBC is so hateful and deranged they look up to straight up lies and NBC pays to spread hate and lies. 😥

  • frank franks

    Come on now , it is fabulous and fantastic is such a big league bigly way. Believe me I know , thrust me I know. I have the best education in the history of the world , everything I own is the biggest and the best ever recorded by mankind. My brain is fabulous and fantastic , my hairdo is ultra super fantastic , my cloths are the best Chinese money can buy.

  • FalconNewsreel

    1953 I was 12 years old first time in my life opened an English text book “Jack and Betty.” It was in junior high in Tokyo Japan. It was more like a children’s book. First time I saw an American teacher at college. First time I spoke with an American was 1967 at Honolulu airport with US immigration agent. I learned reading and writing in English. Speaking was much later. 52 years later I still read books than watching TV. I love mysteries and science fictions. I don’t think Mr. Trump is an educated man or he is not interested in reading books. Did he read Journey to the Center of the Earth?

  • Ricky Anthony

    Trump is giving America a heads up. Divided, yes he is!! He’ll flee America allowing Russia and China to invade.

  • Moses Malone

    They prefer style over substance, Obama was a smooth talker while he was fundamentally changing America for the worst. Now my grandchildren has to grow up in an America were men marry men thanks to the smooth talker.

  • Lan Hughes

    Trumps didn't finishing school …illiteracy .Low IQ..Trumps bigger poffum importers Water Mitty delusional..psychopath sociopath nassassisic..nothing good about Trumps…lies chit immoral. The worst parasite ever walked on this planet.traitors collusion obstructions organized crime gang's mafia crooks con Artist..agent for Russia plain sight..Trumps Anti Christ Kushner the Mark of the beasts…nightmares disgraced for the Country toxins bazaars chaotic disfunsinal..Trumps a Monster indictment him make America peaceful healthy again.

  • andredionne14

    I'd rather a blunt common uneducated guy who gets things done over a well spoken polished con man from Illinois; MSNBC as pathetic as CNN, now go find some real news .

  • william rivera

    YOU STUPID LIBERALS HAVE DONE NOTHING WITH YOUR LIVES BUT COMPLAIN ABOUT A MAN WHO HAS MADE HIS FORTUNE THROUGH REAL ESTATE THEN BECOMES PRESIDENT TO SAVES YOUR PATHETIC LIVES FROM THE DEMOCRATS. IDIOTS!

  • แฮปปี้ เมียว

    During the Vietnam era he ( mr bone spurs ) could not have entered the military because he would have failed the entrance exam.

  • Daniela Gioseffi Ecological Poet Activist

    It's not colorful language. It's DUMB language. Low life language. Ignorant language. It is lower than basics. He talks like someone who never read anything. His professors say he was the WORST student, a dumb, bad student.

  • Leon Taylor

    Trump keeps on winning and has from the very beginning and they just hate it that an outsider is making them look like fools. I trust a person more that does not talk like a professor.

  • Khaotic Kool Breeze

    When Trump was doing his campaign rallies, he often said "Trust me, vote for me. What do you have to lose?" Do you know how many children were conceived off the words "trust me"? I HATE to think about it; but, I can only imagine how many WS/WST "children" Trump will conceived.

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