Vox, August 18, 2016, Donald Trump’s strange speaking style, as explained by linguists
I have listened to so many rambling incoherent monologues by Trump (compliments of MSNBC) that I was glad to see that someone finally wrote about them. Here is an extract from one of Trump's monologues from a campaign rally in South Carolina on July 21, 2015 where the subject was the Iran nuclear deal:
Look, having nuclear — my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, okay, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart — you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, okay, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I'm one of the smartest people anywhere in the world — it’s true! — but when you're a conservative Republican they try — oh, do they do a number — that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune — you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged — but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me — it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what's going to happen and he was right — who would have thought?), but when you look at what's going on with the four prisoners — now it used to be three, now it’s four — but when it was three and even now, I would have said it's all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don't, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years — but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.
It kind of reminds me of Sarah PalinSpeak quickly getting off subject again and again. Yet he is interrupted by cheers and boos (if Hillary is mentioned) again and again. Vox analyzes Trumps speaking style in the above article. It makes for interesting reading. But I do make one observation that many have mentioned. Trump has a short attention span so even when he is making prepared remarks at rallies his mind jumps all around from topic to topic.
Schmidt, Consider what type of person is affected by brash outlandish braggadocio.