According to a new analysis, Trump communicates at the lowest grade level compared to the last 15 presidents. The period examined started with Herbert Hoover and included all presidents up to Trump.
The analysis revealed that Trump spoke at a mid-fourth grade level.
Trump’s words were also examined through multiple lexicological analyses which showed that Trump came in dead last. He uses the least amount of “unique words” (2,605) compared to any other president. The best was Obama who used 4,869 “unique words.”
The analysis also showed that both Carter and Hoover topped the list with a grade of 11.3 and 10.7 respectively. Former President Barack Obama came in third with a communicating level of a ninth grader. While that may sound negative, let’s note that a politician wouldn’t communicate with the public in the same way they write a research paper.
Factba.se analyzed the first 30,000 words each president had spoken in office. Their words were then ranked on the Flesch-Kincaid grade level scale and a handful of other common tests that analyze English-language difficulty levels.
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This analysis was done after Trump claimed that he was a “stable genius” on Twitter. This was in response to Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House which asserted that Trump is unfit to be president.
….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
Also during a news conference at Camp David, Trump added that he was “a very excellent student” and “came out and made billions and billions of dollars … ran for president one time and won.” Trump either lied or forgot that he ran for president in 2000.
The analysis backs up the comments made by H.R. McMaster who has called him an “idiot” with a “kindergartener’s intelligence”, Rex Tillerson who called him a “fucking moron“, and Rupert Murdoch who called him a “fucking idiot.”
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