Is This The Secret Behind Trump's Popularity?

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears the secret to Trump's surprising success in the polls is actually simple - "know your audience." Given that, as we noted previously, Americans have never been dumber; whether by design or accident, Trump speaks at a fifth grade level - using short sentences and simple words.

 

 

Cruz, he of the Tea Party appeal and Harvard Law degree, clocked in at a more sophisticated 10th-grade reading level equivalent. The rest of the field can be found clustered around the seventh-grade level, roughly the same as some President George W. Bush speeches and even several by President Barack Obama.

 

Source: Bloomberg

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JustObserving's picture

No one has ever lost votes underestimating the intelligence of the American people

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
H. L. Mencken
jbvtme's picture

or "act like a dumb shit and people will treat you as their equal".  bob dobbs

Elliott Eldrich's picture

I, for one, will refuse to backslide into the happy tarpit of diminished expectations! I shall pull the wool over my OWN eyes! I shall find SLACK! Praise BOB! Hail BOB! KILL BOB! Or KILL ME FIRST!

El Vaquero's picture

Yup, I've been on radio shows and I was told "Speak at a 6th grade level." 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Just say what people want to hear.  How hard can it be?  Its not like a candidate is legally required to hold their campaign promises.

END THE MOTHERFUCKIN FED.

SafelyGraze's picture

one of the other threads has conversation about halle berry

 

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Scariest part was the contest to see who would start more wars than the other guy. It's really incredible that the American people think more new wars is the answer to our problems. Scariest was Carly, shrilly mapping out her plan for a fast track to WW III. What a scary country. Exception of course was Rand. So we get to choose between lots more war (Hilary) or tons and tons of more war (Repubs)

bkboy's picture

Yes, I was stunned to see Carly's war threats, including sending Americans back into combat in Iraq, receiving loud applause while only a single person clapped after Rand Paul said he saw no national security interests threatened by the Syrian civil war. I would have thought that by now anybody paying attention would see the futility of further Middle East military adventures.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) bkboy Sep 17, 2015 7:33 PM

Rand Paul was the only to offer any dissenting views.  "Rand Paul shouldn't even be here!"

cdevidal's picture

So if I understand this correctly, Trump isn't smarter than a fifth grader.

Knew it.

Pool Shark's picture

 

 

Maybe,... just maybe, it's because he's the only candidate who is saying what the vast majority of Americans are thinking:

 

DEPORT ALL THE ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO ARE BLEEDING THIS COUNTRY DRY THROUGH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, CRIME AND DROPPING WAGES!!!

 

atomicwasted's picture

THE WORLD ENDS TOMORROW - AND YOU MAY DIE!

TheZeitgeist's picture

Bob knows how modern Wall Street/Fed street work:

 

"And 'Bob" MAKES it even easier still. On this "Big Deal," the SALE is

ALREADY CLINCHED! The customer - the world - HAS to buy, OR ELSE! It's
either Slack from you, or Brand X slavery from The Conspiracy."

Bob knows how modern Wall Street/Fed street work:

And Church of SubGenius is the 'parody' lol.
Normalcy Bias's picture

Funny how they don't mention Obama's, Biden's, or Clinton's level...

"Hope and Change!" Scumbags...

Billy the Poet's picture

"The rest of the field can be found clustered around the seventh-grade level, roughly the same as some President George W. Bush speeches and even several by President Barack Obama."

Elliott Eldrich's picture

DobbsDAMMIT, man! You understand! YES! The work was not in vain, the message DID get out, Praise BOB! For BOB sold it, I bought it, and THAT settles it!

 

I can die a happy man now...

Payable on Death's picture

Trump's closing included the best political line of all time. He promised "more of everything".

 

Really.

quadratic_equation's picture

I don't think you heard what he said in his closing statement.  He said and I will state it as close as I can from what I heard...he said "We heard a lot of good things but they are just talks and will be forgotten but will remember and keep it in mind".  I think that's what he said if i'm not mistaken.  Why would someone who mentioned and well aware of $19 trillion in debt and $200 billion a year on illegal immigrants  be wanting to add more to that?  It doesn't make sense what you're accusing him of saying.

Stares straight ahead's picture

He literally said,"we will have more of everything, we were discussing disease..."
His platform includes depopulation, apparently.

He was slurring during this statement: "America will be great; greater than ever before... It will be a much friendlier world." I expected him to say,"and I love you guys, ...and I love this tree" and then vomit.

blindman's picture

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
.
i thought that was p.t. barnum, what do i know? thanks

Nobody For President's picture

P. T. Barnum's line was "There's a sucker born every minute".

Works in the context of this thread just fine.

rosiescenario's picture

"No one ever went bankrupt overestimating the unintelligence of the American public".

 

....so Uncle Joe Biden speaking at 3rd. grade level to the Dems appears to work well, too.

bnbdnb's picture

I'd pick a 5th grader to be president over any current candidate.

Normalcy Bias's picture

His/her first act as President should be an Executive Order mandating the inversion of the Sidwell Friends lunch menu with Michael Obama's public school peasant lunch offal menu.

small towel's picture

That was slightly more interesting than I expected it to be.

0b1knob's picture

KONY 2012 2016.

For the CHILDREN!!!!!

e_goldstein's picture

Fuck Trump. I'm voting SMOD 2016. This shitshow needs to end and he's the only one promising to do it.

https://twitter.com/smod2016

davidalan1's picture

Because he answers the friggin questions, doesnt take shit, talks to reporters and totally connects to his audience..

Excursionist's picture

So does Mike Tyson.  Doesn't mean he should be the POTUS.

NoPension's picture

Maybe, just maybe, we are tired of getting punked by liberals.
The best thing about Trump, and it IS THE guage I use... Does he make a liberals head want to explode? Yes? Great.

2nd best thing, a First Lady that doesn't look like Chewbacka.

( I take this crap serious, eh? )

I just do not see him taking shit. The President has to, I know, but he won't just roll over and let the Dems ram it home.

Billy the Poet's picture

and it IS THE guage I use... Does he make a liberals head want to explode? Yes? Great

 

Rational individuals make decisions based on an objective analysis of the facts within the parameters of their own principles and personal preferences. I just lost your vote, didn't I?

Dsyno's picture

The public is just so desperate for a real change "we'll elect an asshole. The complete opposite side of the scale. It couldn't be any worse than it is now... right?"

Bob's picture

I don't expect much, but I have come away from listening to Trump with the distinct impression that answering the questions with anything beyond  "I swear to God I'll do it, I've always done it and everybody knows Ima do it every time.  I'm Donald Trump and Ima Make America Great Again" is truly beyond him. 

WTF is wrong with peoples' ears with this guy?

the6thBook's picture

You mean the Prez that takes selfies and says buisnez done good???  Isn't on a two year old level?

the6thBook's picture

You mean the Prez that takes selfies and says buisnez done good???  Isn't on a two year old level?

Spungo's picture

Trump is smart enough to realize you shouldn't use big sentences. Most people have absolutely no idea how English works. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apposition

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma_splice

 

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Spungo Sep 17, 2015 3:03 PM

Huh?  Can't know was u say.....poopy.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Smart enough to appeal to the least common denominator in the given audience.

nnnnnn's picture
nnnnnn (not verified) Sep 17, 2015 3:02 PM

trump is with israel       

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlfXJzw30nc

Billy the Poet's picture

Nobody but Donald Trump will save Israel. You are wasting your time with these politicians and political clowns. Best!

Urban Redneck's picture

Yeah, that's why Trump was the one who said "WTF are we doing in Syria [helping Israel implment Oded Yinon and helping the Qataris eliminate the competition]"

Unfortunately readability analysis ignores implication.

Soul Glow's picture

Stocks really got hammered into the close today.

BTFD because the Fed?

;)

RobD's picture

Charts have that middle finger formation going today. Is that a bullish or bearish formation I forget?

 

Oh and where is Deez Nutts on those charts?