Research has shown that Trump’s latest campaign speeches reveal his grammar and vocabulary levels are ‘typical of children aged 11 and under’.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute analysed the speech pattern of Trump and his Republican counterpart Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, looking at victory speeches as well and campaign and defeat speeches. They found that the latter two used grammar and vocab typical for 11-14 year olds. They left Trump trailing behind, as he matches students under 11 years old, despite having once claimed “My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”
The researchers moved on to Democratic party candidates, and found their grammar and vocabulary unsuprisingly more advanced than Trump, typical of students aged 11-14 also, although Bernie Sanders turned out to be the most advanced, even more so than Hillary Clinton, matching to students aged 15-18.
Furthermore, researchers went a step further and examined speeches of past political leaders, including Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Regan, who both scored at 11 years old for vocabulary and grammar respectively.
Indeed the only political figurehead from the past who managed to exhibit a grammar age younger than Trump was George Bush. You never know though, these academics could have got it wrong: in his own words “They misunderestimated me”.