Democrats Should Try This Trump Speaking Strategy

Short and blocky is good.

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The first question the president took at his last Trump Tower press conference was about the executives then defecting from his manufacturing council. “Why do you think these CEOs are leaving?” a reporter asked.

Trump was blunt: “Because they are not taking their job seriously as it pertains to this country,” he said. “We want jobs, manufacturing in this country. If you look at some of those people that you’re talking about, they’re outside of the country. They’re having a lot of their product made outside.”

It was classic Trump-ese. The president, of course, talks several grade levels below other politicians. Politico’s Jack Shafer memorably compared his vocabulary to “a small box of Lincoln Logs,” explaining, “He prefers to link short, blocky words into other short, blocky words to create short, blocky sentences that he then stacks into short, blocky paragraphs.”