GOP Frontrunner Connects by Speaking at Fourth-Grade Level
â€œI went to an Ivy League school. Iâ€™m very highly educated. I know words. I have the best words,â€ Donald Trump bragged to South Carolina supporters in December. He followed that up by saying, â€œthere is no better word than stupid.â€
But one researcher says Trump's tactics are so successful because he talks like a nine-year old.
Chelsea Coe, writing at WIRED, notes supporters like Trump because "Trumpâ€™s style is refreshingly direct. They say they like that Trump doesnâ€™t worry about political correctness or sounding 'like a politician.'"
It's true, Trump doesn't sound like a politician. An authoritarianÂ dictator, perhaps, but not a politician.
"SuchÂ language has helped Trump accomplish the very un-stupid feat of connecting with a disgruntled electorateâ€”and it is propelling him toward the nomination," Coe writes.
"From a linguistic point of view, it turns out, part of the trick is not to assume a high level of literacy. According to my analysis of language during the Republican debates, the language that Trump uses consistently registers at the fourth grade level."
A fourth-grade level.Â
A man who talks like a nine-year old is about to become the Republican Party's nominee for president.