KEY POINTS

  • Donald Trump speaks like a fourth grader
  • Linguist says Donald Trump is more relatable when he speaks
  • A retired educator is convinced that Donald Trump has dyslexia

Donald Trump reportedly speaks like a fourth grader, but that makes him more relatable.

The president of the United States has been criticized again due to his poor reading skills. Many noticed that Trump struggled to deliver his opening remarks to welcome NASCAR fans at this year’s Daytona 500.  He pointed each word he read, and this didn’t sit well with many viewers.

According to a 2016 analysis made by Factba.se that analyzes the president’s first 30,000 words uttered in office, Trump speaks at a fourth-grade reading level. He has the lowest score and the worst vocabulary compared to the 14 presidents before him, Daily Mail first reported.

The analysis was done after Trump tweeted that he was a “very stable genius.” Despite his claims, the analysis proved otherwise because it showed that Trump has broken speech, fragmented sentences and limited vocabulary.

“By every metric and methodology tested, Donald Trump's vocabulary and grammatical structure is significantly more simple, and less diverse, than any President since Herbert Hoover, when measuring 'off-script' words, that is, words far less likely to have been written in advance for the speaker,” Factbase CEO Bill Frischling wrote. 

“The gap between Trump and the next closest president ... is larger than any other gap using Flesch-Kincaid. Statistically speaking, there is a significant gap.”

Former president Herbert Hoover topped the list with 11th-grade level. Jimmy Carter came second with 10th-grade level and Barack Obama was on the third spot with ninth-grade level. Although Trump had the lowest score compared to the other presidents, Georgetown University linguist Jennifer Sclafani said that the way he speaks makes him more relatable and authentic.

"Trump's speech is appealing to many because it contrasts with the rehearsed style of other candidates,” Sclafani explained.

Trump’s style reportedly contributed to his overall image as a political outsider, giving him an “authentic” impression. Also, fragmented sentences are natural and common because that’s how most speak, so Trump has a “more conversational” manner of speaking and this makes him appear “more relatable because he speaks in the way we all do in everyday life.”

Meanwhile, many believe that Trump may has dyslexia. Harriet Feinberg, a retired educator who taught English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, is convinced that Trump’s aversion to reading and his attitude could be due to this condition.

Donald Trump stands accused of interfering with the sentencing recommendation for his former advisor, Roger Stone -- prompting four Justice Department prosecutors to resign from the case Donald Trump stands accused of interfering with the sentencing recommendation for his former advisor, Roger Stone -- prompting four Justice Department prosecutors to resign from the case Photo: AFP / JIM WATSON