In the wake of his babbling, self-serving, and incoherent interview with the Associated Press last week, many were left wondering: what exactly is running through Trump’s mind when he espouses such verbal nonsense? Is his speech style purposeful? A strategy? A tic?
Turns out that academics and speech experts are also flummoxed by Trump’s strange ramblings. As reported by the AP: “Trump’s trademark talk is full of rambling, aside-filled bursts of simple but definitive words, laden with self-congratulatory bravado and claims that have fact-checkers working overtime, all dispatched from mind to lips in such record time it seemingly bypasses any internal filter.”
“It has been a source of curiosity for language scholars and laymen alike, sparked anew by a recent Associated Press interview with Trump that has brought newfound opportunity for parsing a brand of presidential oratory not previously recorded.
Said one historian: “This kind of pushes the limits of linguistic analysis.”
Pushes the limits, he certainly does. Still, we must give credit where credit is due: despite Trump’s seeming inability to string two coherent thoughts together, his style clearly resonates with a large swath of the population. Apparently, loud, ignorant, boasting, repetitive, reductive, and angry speech is exactly what Trump voters have been looking for.