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Trump's Speech Patterns

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    I'm watching Trump speak, which I do rarely for obvious reasons, and the things he says are so rambling and bizarre.

    I'm fairly certain he's using a teleprompter which means that someone actually wrote this which is just odd because its literally all over the place to the point of being almost incoherent.

    He also has this bizarre habit of repeating a phrase multiple times as if the people listening to him are either hard of hearing or mentally slow. On top of the repetition, he is very monotone.

    Its just bizarre to me that someone this inarticulate and frankly, boring is getting so many people listening to him. Its even more bizarre because he's not really saying anything. They do stop to chant every once in a while...so maybe that's the entertainment?

    Maybe I've gotten too spoiled listening to the Obama's amazing speeches but I cannot imagine what is inspiring about listening to Trump.

  • Liberal
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    Trumpie is a very sick individual. One only has to watch his body movements and speech patterns to realize that. What he says is actually immaterial, it's how he says it.
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    Nikita22 Wrote: Maybe I've gotten too spoiled listening to the Obama's amazing speeches but I cannot imagine what is inspiring about listening to Trump.

    Two words - white resentment.

    There's a lot of old white people who are pissed off that they no longer are able to control everything in this country anymore. Those angry old white people raised their kids that they too were better than everyone else. If history proves anything, it's that those who are about to lose everything are the ones who are the loudest in the room and that they won't go down without a fight.

    Think about how these people feel. First a black guy was elected President...twice...and now we are on the cusp of electing a damn woman?! We have to remind ourselves that there are still tens of thousands of voters out there who were born before women even had the right to vote. What do you think those people taught their kids?

    Unfortunately it's going to take another generation or two for angry old white people to realize that they no longer get to run everything in this country.

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    The declining social status and self esteem of old men who embraced "American exceptionalism" are indeed a major part of the Trump tribe. However, there are other factions within the Republican Party who also support Trump...the evangelicals for one who really see Pence as their savior, even if they cannot fully embrace Trump. As Obama said, "they cling to their God and guns".

    There are also economically deprived areas...coal country, parts of the deep south, the "What's the Matter with Kansas" voters, rural America, the hyper-patriots, and more who actually like Trump's messaging and style. He speaks their language, and as much as we cringe at listening to him (much like I cringed listening to Sarah Palin) his mannerisms are a positive to them. The repetition of lines matters to them...it helps his message sink in. "He's one of us".

    It's a style that if you look back in history and find clips of Mussolini talking and inspiring a crowd, the facial expressions and gestures, well you might not be able to tell them apart. That's what is scary about the Trump phenomena. It probably will not die with this election.

    Republicans created Trump, and when I say that, I am especially focusing on the oligarchs who control the Republican money machine. Family wealth like the Koch brothers, the Walton family, Sheldon Adelson, and many others have a big stake in the prospect of a Trump presidency, or someone like him in the future. They really like their presidents to be "not too smart" so they can control them....hence a Reagan or a Bush. For some of them Trump fits that stereotype even with all his warts. The oligarchs are especially skillful in knowing how to exploit a class of people to vote against their best economic interests.

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    Mussolini versus Trump video
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    Unfortunately the Dems have done nothing at all to embrace the deplorables whereas the Repubs have conned them into thing they actually care about them when, in fact, they couldn't care less. Trump says "I love dumb people" - that just about says it all ;(

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    The declining social status and self esteem of old men who embraced "American exceptionalism" are indeed a major part of the Trump tribe. However, there are other factions within the Republican Party who also support Trump...the evangelicals for one who really see Pence as their savior, even if they cannot fully embrace Trump. As Obama said, "they cling to their God and guns".

    There are also economically deprived areas...coal country, parts of the deep south, the "What's the Matter with Kansas" voters, rural America, the hyper-patriots, and more who actually like Trump's messaging and style. He speaks their language, and as much as we cringe at listening to him (much like I cringed listening to Sarah Palin) his mannerisms are a positive to them. The repetition of lines matters to them...it helps his message sink in. "He's one of us".

    It's a style that if you look back in history and find clips of Mussolini talking and inspiring a crowd, the facial expressions and gestures, well you might not be able to tell them apart. That's what is scary about the Trump phenomena. It probably will not die with this election.

    Republicans created Trump, and when I say that, I am especially focusing on the oligarchs who control the Republican money machine. Family wealth like the Koch brothers, the Walton family, Sheldon Adelson, and many others have a big stake in the prospect of a Trump presidency, or someone like him in the future. They really like their presidents to be "not too smart" so they can control them....hence a Reagan or a Bush. For some of them Trump fits that stereotype even with all his warts. The oligarchs are especially skillful in knowing how to exploit a class of people to vote against their best economic interests.

    Schmidt, excellent piece; this says it all. The only thing is how are you ever going to transfer these people to think differently? I've never seen seen an country which has so many fanatics. The other point you missed is, what I've said so many times is : This is an "island" and refuses to see the world as it is; only what we do counts. Neither we accept anything else which other countries use and we re-invent because of the arrogance to have things our way. Like healthcare, infrastructure ( high speed rail); laughable elections which cost billions etc. On top of that we still think we rule the world; but we don't ; ask China. So the "deplorables" are here to stay, but the "rest" should also be educated about the world around us, in order so that we fit into an changing world and be an example instead of an dictating bully.