Language Expert: Donald Trump's Way Of Speaking Is 'Oddly Adolescent' | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

  • Published on Sep 16, 2017
  • Columbia University professor of linguistics John McWhorter joins to discuss the unique way Donald Trump speaks which is unlike any president America's had before.
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Comments • 11 304

  • phuoi trinh
    phuoi trinh 35 minutes ago

    Trump is a child! He has a vocabulary like one!

  • Rene Sørensen
    Rene Sørensen Hour ago

    He is a disgrace for America.

  • Brian P
    Brian P Hour ago

    MSNBC is like the spoiled brat in the classroom that loves to create drama for attention

  • ShariaFree UK
    ShariaFree UK Hour ago

    The goals of todays education is to brainwash students.

  • ShariaFree UK
    ShariaFree UK 2 hours ago

    Dear Dear MSNBC its your reporting thats adolescent.

  • niacal4nia
    niacal4nia 3 hours ago

    God bless the United Shshshshe.

  • marcia boyd
    marcia boyd 9 hours ago

    I believe Prez Trump uses any means available to see thru people's minds and intent ...sad that folks don't get his humor he really is funny!

  • Marcy Carson
    Marcy Carson 11 hours ago

    MSNBC, Of course you'd say ugly things about our Hero President. Have you analyzed YOUR speech? Just so you'll know, what is blatently obvious to everyone else.... you tear down and insult our Wonderful President all the time. You are so predictable it's funny. It's true, YOU are FAKE NEWS and the Enemy of the People. You used to be respected when you gave REAL and ethical news. Who, What, When, Where and you reserved opinions for the Editorial. You stopped doing that since 2012. All your fake news is opinion and negative and you actually think Americans are stupid enough to believe your drivel?? Sure, you've snared the minds of a few weak minded brainwashed people but the rest of us Know that you are helping the enemies of our Nation and you have destroyed yourself. You won't destroy our Nation, we SEE YOU for who you are...fake news and the Enemy of the People. Did the Chinese take over your business and every """reporter""" and employee at MSNBC are either to stupid or just greedy for a pay check... so you've sold your souls for a few bucks to the Enemy of our Nation? Shame, shame on you... You are really the enemy of The People. You really have made this fact clear. And you think you will EVER be respected again?? Yep... you are all traitors of the American People.

  • Johnny Bumpous
    Johnny Bumpous 11 hours ago

    Regardless of how he talks he's still the idiots can only read scripts someone else wrote ...

  • Pip Pipster
    Pip Pipster 14 hours ago

    Professor 🤓

  • RockinAdmin
    RockinAdmin 15 hours ago

    You can pay anyone to say this crap. Token black guy for the democraT party (there's nothing democratIC about them... probably because they've been the Globalist party for decades).

  • Kevin Condon
    Kevin Condon 15 hours ago

    Yeah, that's what the people want, advice from an effete academic about how dumb our President is. Familiar theme for Democrats. Another example of how they believe we are deplorable. Too bad their governing sucks and they are stuck on social identity, Marxism and postmodernist foolishness.

  • Bluequest
    Bluequest 17 hours ago

    Dummies paying attention to MsNBc ??? No wonder ya'll can't have a decent conversation without freaking out ! Take a look at whom is educating you- Since libs are so good a stating facts let me give you one: MSNBC is a CIA operation (and your point) They know how much brain mass you have and they know the level of intelligence of the simple masses (see FB) So ?? Simply manipulation of a brain cell here and one there BOOM a liberal ;-) HEY !! Don't shoot the messenger ;-)

  • Oakley David
    Oakley David 23 hours ago

    another load of crap

  • Eckhart V
    Eckhart V Day ago +1

    Trump is a nasty old man

  • Nathan Kelly
    Nathan Kelly Day ago

    Oh wow what objective opinion this was. Trump does have a serious “tone” as you say. Have you seen the State of the Union?

  • Sushi91364
    Sushi91364 Day ago

    This is just "bad-mouthing" our President. I too have studied studied sociology, linguistics, and various grammars. Our president has found a blend of communication techniques that allows him to effectively communicate with a great number of people. He is able to get his message across without leaving anyone behind. It is an elitist point of view to suggest that because he is not always speaking perfect succinct English, like for example Winston Churchill, that he is not deserving of respect. Our former Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles would change the way he spoke, depending on his audience, and everyone respected him. President Trump's speech technique is very effective, and perhaps that is why so many people understand him, without the need for our news media to editorialize and attempt to alter the public's perception of him. This makes sense. Yes?

  • a. u
    a. u Day ago

    Trump reminds me of the act that Dean Martin use to play. The casual, unconcerned happy/mean drunk. I am pretty sure it was an act with Dean and I'm pretty sure Donald doesn't drink alcohol. Maybe a little Don Richols thrown in for when he gets serious.
    My point being is all of it just an act for him?

  • Allen Harris
    Allen Harris Day ago

    That's why he appeals to the white supremacists, people who naturally think and speak as adolescents and never want to leave their childhood behind. Part of being a grown-up is knowing that we share this world with other people and learning how to adjust our behaviour accordingly.

  • Charles Chapman
    Charles Chapman Day ago

    But Obama was a Oracle, um, uh, um, I, me, um, uhh, umm, uhhh, Stick finger in Nose. After about two years Obama's handlers finally got him to stop picking his nose, but Trump is stupid ya no!

  • John Howard
    John Howard Day ago

    Believe it or not, people don't know ... as Trump says, for he knows the poor quality of students that American schools are turning out today... Ever catch Jay Leno, a TV Show Host on the streets asking people simple basic questions that 5th graders should know? The result was thay many of those people don't know for they were unable to answer any of his questions correctly!

  • Barbara P
    Barbara P Day ago

    And as if anyone should pay attention to anything a professor of any of the college's say today. Especially on ,MSM. Notice how he is being prompted.

  • Lori Willard
    Lori Willard Day ago

    He speaks the way he does because he's so stupid, he has to try to convince you that you're less intelligent than he is (yes that includes his supporters) so you should believe him & no one else.

  • Emily stevens
    Emily stevens Day ago

    A silver tongued snake talked Eve into biting that apple.

  • Emily stevens
    Emily stevens Day ago +1

    The dangerous man is a man of eloquent speech who does nothing BUT talk a good talk.

  • Emily stevens
    Emily stevens Day ago +1

    Alpha males are not known for eloquent speech. They are known for strength, protecting the weak and feeble, and ACTION!

  • Île-de- France
    Île-de- France Day ago

    Watch *"How Donald Trump Answers A Question"* on TVclip

  • TruFantom21
    TruFantom21 Day ago

    I bet years from now when history shows what a great leader Trump was , all these lefties are gonna feel stupid.
    And I bet they lie about what they're doing now.

  • Slayer 4 Life
    Slayer 4 Life 2 days ago +1

    What makes MSNBC 'Oddly Fake"
    Hillary Belongs at the end of a rope for TREASON!

  • fayum fareal
    fayum fareal 2 days ago

    Man I wish I knew how did (They) persuade this man to become President of The United States and act out this script....Elijah Muhammad called this Devilishment.

  • The Omega Man
    The Omega Man 2 days ago

    Trump poll numbers went up again. Keep that hate coming liberals

  • tommy8715
    tommy8715 2 days ago +2

    And what did he say about Obama's linguistics? My analysis is that he is a SMOOTH TALKING LIAR that has turned many people's thinking upside down! Obama was great at pushing one idea out of his mouth while engaging on another through his actions! IT WAS ALWAYS SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OTHER KIND OF THING!

  • poor you
    poor you 2 days ago +1


  • Da'Chief
    Da'Chief 2 days ago +1

    Wow, what a ground breaking story. Grasping at straws much ?

  • Pam Faves Minton
    Pam Faves Minton 2 days ago

    He is seriously mentally ill.

  • MBFLA45
    MBFLA45 2 days ago

    That "tag" they bring up because "he never leaves the realm of the casual.." Interesting. It's sort of like... " you can keep your doctor. PERIOD!" Or maybe Brian Williams may have said "My helicopter was under fire. I was so brave. BRAVER THAN BRAVE!!"

  • barry janis
    barry janis 2 days ago +1

    My 401K is doing great , so is Our President !

  • Sarah Tucker
    Sarah Tucker 2 days ago

    sounds like those speech patterns are a threat from the shadow government, watch what you say or else. threats to one's family's will make a person do just about anything. look at Obama he did every they told him to do, I don't like any president that makes threats against the people in the US. these people are evil, they don't know what a family means. look at all the past presidents, no back bone,sure to ahead and blackmail me, I will use the American tax dollars to pay you. and than I can funnel it somewhere else so I can get it at a later date. it's really tough when you can't trust the governing body of people around the globe.

  • MiSt 526
    MiSt 526 2 days ago

    They need to go back and look at much older Trump interviews from over a decade ago. Back then he was articulate, concise, and spoke in complete sentences. There's something more going on with Trump than his education or intelligence with regards to his speech patterns. Either he's deliberately 'dumbing down' his speech patterns ALL THE TIME (a feat which I believe beyond anyone's capability) or he has suffered some sort of cognitive degeneration. Given his family medical history I suspect that Alzheimer's is the cause of his odd speech.

  • Shannon Lee
    Shannon Lee 2 days ago

    Instant respect for Professor John. He's so sophisticated! He got his point across whilst remaining professional and I can't imagine that's easy when discussing Trump. XD

  • Terah T.
    Terah T. 2 days ago

    I feel like this segment is full of nitpicking. Are we seriously dissecting his verbiage?
    I’m not a supporter of Trump, but this is a little petty.

  • C. Michael
    C. Michael 2 days ago

    I was under direct fire, oh wait that wasn't me...😆😁😊

  • 1Rennae2
    1Rennae2 2 days ago

    Perfect example of social engineering...twisting peoples minds with this drivel. #walkaway

  • Patrick Lyons
    Patrick Lyons 2 days ago

    Let's talk about our President's policies; not his informal way of speaking, you snoody trash. This is bullying and tabloid b.s. #FAKENEWS

  • go wild
    go wild 2 days ago

    TRUMP 2020

  • go wild
    go wild 2 days ago

    Fake news

  • Alexander Duke
    Alexander Duke 2 days ago +1

    When Trump speaks, people enjoy listening because he speaks in way that regular people understand.

  • Karen Sargent
    Karen Sargent 2 days ago

    Read my lips - believe me - he's getting the job done.

  • Meadow Apple
    Meadow Apple 2 days ago

    McWhorter does not look Scottish!?

  • Nick Ortiz
    Nick Ortiz 2 days ago

    Say or think what you want there's plenty of work out there thanks to who?

  • Enoch Low
    Enoch Low 3 days ago

    Dear President Trump, it is written in Proverbs, "Be gentle as a dove but wise as a serpent." What is your revelation of this verse? Establish your "holies of holies". Appoint the First Lady and or an independent and trustable aides, including anointed spiritual leaders to be your private and confidential critiques. Listen to sermons on King David and meditate on book of Psalms and Proverbs. Shalom.

  • s.y. mitchell
    s.y. mitchell 3 days ago

    Whatever many intellectual people look down on Mr Trump, the truth is :- He is America president and he is making history whereas many of you intellectuals will die without a slice of trace in the history book.

    DANI SMITH 3 days ago


  • I'm The Law
    I'm The Law 3 days ago

    ask John to say "ASK" black people cant, they say "AKS" or wit for with or with you is wityou, so the black guy is calling his own Neanderthals...

  • The Illuminati
    The Illuminati 3 days ago

    Liberal news is disgusting. What have I created?

  • Gustavo Ornelas
    Gustavo Ornelas 3 days ago

    That guy looks like Gus Fring lol

  • RazorSharp
    RazorSharp 3 days ago

    The Reason Donald J Trump speaks in layman terms . Is because hes speaking to the World and not the elite. God Bless The Trump..

  • Shawn S
    Shawn S 3 days ago

    I'm by no means a Trump supporter. With that said it's ironic that this segment be hosted by a man who made up a very "colorful" story about being shot at in and hit in a helicopter in Iraq. It was a total lie and NBC suspended him for it.

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    choc star lab 3 days ago


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    choc star lab 3 days ago


  • Tony Satie
    Tony Satie 3 days ago


  • Dan O'Hiley
    Dan O'Hiley 3 days ago

    Donald Trump has 'dangerous mental illness', say psychiatry experts at Yale conference
    Mental health experts say President is 'paranoid and delusional'

  • Ernest Sanchez
    Ernest Sanchez 4 days ago

    The vocabulary of a 5 year old child with down syndrome

  • Robin Tatina
    Robin Tatina 4 days ago

    colorful like duck poop yellow and snot green.

  • E Lewis
    E Lewis 4 days ago

    "most people don't know this" actually means "I didn't know this before just finding out recently."

  • fatmanstan
    fatmanstan 4 days ago

    Hahaha torchhhhhhed

  • Leonard M
    Leonard M 4 days ago

    Never trust the word of a man with no top lip. I don't trust that black guy.

  • Skyler Gerhart
    Skyler Gerhart 4 days ago +2

    He speaks Brooklyn.

  • Josh Dukes
    Josh Dukes 4 days ago

    Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to this country in decades. A bunch of limp wristed liberal sissys may disagree but these are the idiots who voted for Obama and Hillary Clinton, that shows how stupid they are.

  • Larry Hudson, Jr.
    Larry Hudson, Jr. 4 days ago

    LMAO! 😆 I love this dude!

  • The Slikk Sisters
    The Slikk Sisters 4 days ago

    don't take this personal but i have a nickname for my cat and his name is Donald J Trump

  • Doug BH
    Doug BH 4 days ago

    Says it all.

  • GSDubz
    GSDubz 4 days ago

    Sadly, it's his inability to speak formally that appeals to his base. Otherwise he'd sound like the "liberal elite left". Sad.

  • I love my Karen people. J-May

    Donald Trump "Very fake news" :)

    • Thomas hardcastle
      Thomas hardcastle 4 days ago

      I love our amazing Christian president Donald j trump 👏 👏 👏 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  • Jerry Hewes
    Jerry Hewes 4 days ago

    That a linguist cannot perceive what President Trump is saying is not proof that the linguist appraisal is valid.

  • Ron Metcalf
    Ron Metcalf 4 days ago

    "Believe me?" Why don't you analyze the number of times Obama, Mr. Harvard educated eloquent speaker, says "Uh?"

  • Le Napoleon Bonaparte Chaine

    Linguistics is the scientific study of language but what can a professor of linguistics on a government salary who doesn't work hard offer Donald Trump, who successfully communicates in specialist areas, be it business or politics. Trump is a mass communicator and an exceptional guy while the professor can't comprehend him.

    • B Vogel
      B Vogel 4 days ago

      Nice story. I like to see facts and not baked air! Be specific which country? What did you see examples of superior knowledge? Why a Winner???Pollution ?? It is so simple to say something without substantiation

    • Le Napoleon Bonaparte Chaine
      Le Napoleon Bonaparte Chaine 4 days ago +1

      I live in a country he visited and see that he has superior knowledge to his loud and sometimes violent leftist detractors. He is a winner with the American economy and revered on the world stage. He is making America great again to which I have no objection.

    • B Vogel
      B Vogel 4 days ago

      What nonsense. In every country, he visits he is overcrowded by his opponent in communication, decency rules and general knowledge

  • Mattie's Catz!
    Mattie's Catz! 4 days ago

    So. While he's literally doing nothing but good things for this country, you criticize how he speaks. He's a billionaire, you are not. Must smarter than you.

  • Joe Smith
    Joe Smith 4 days ago


  • B Vogel
    B Vogel 4 days ago

    Unique way he speaks? Is this a joke?
    First problem: Foreign trips conferences. Why don't his advisors indicate to him that he is going to another country and not to an establishment of his company in the UK? He still thinks he is going to another establishment and that is why he is so clumsy and not prepared.
    Second problem:self-reflection. He is full of immigrants who come to our country with respect to decency rules but he is unable to look at his own behaviour.
    Third problem: you don't see any improvements.

  • William Estrada
    William Estrada 4 days ago +2

    😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶 ITS DONALD TRUMP.......😞😕😞😕😞😕😞😕😞😕 PRESIDENT OF THEE USA 2018🕶🕶🕶🕶🕶🕶🕶 ID LIKE 2 C THIS LINQUINY RUN DA COUNTRY😴😫😪😴😴😫😪

  • The Captain
    The Captain 4 days ago

    Jesus, we've a buffoon president.

  • Life In The Faith Lane

    Can you think of some other 'non-subject' to try to attack President Trump on? How about 'Wardrobe Expert says people who wear red ties are'......fill in the blanks. :) This is why the MSM is dropping in the ratings (except Fox, of course). This is one of the funniest yet. Keep it up MSNBC. We couldn't have better allies in making sure November will be a great month for our President. If you really want to hear horrific linguistics, listen to Ocasio-Cortez' 'like, like, like' interview about soccer moms and minivans. Hilarious!

  • Marcella Casey
    Marcella Casey 4 days ago

    🗣please help us I need a🛁🛎

  • Ivan Gomez
    Ivan Gomez 4 days ago

    Our ex president brought darkness in to our country and was very eloquent. But the darkness shall not prevail over the light. 7 more years of grace for us to reflect and turn back to basics. God is good.... get ready for what’s coming after that. May God Bless Our President!

  • Mike Johnson
    Mike Johnson 4 days ago

    we understand him just fine thankyou very much

  • WitchidWitchid
    WitchidWitchid 4 days ago

    Trump Rules !!

  • Spencer Shorkey
    Spencer Shorkey 4 days ago


  • allgoo19
    allgoo19 5 days ago

    And what about use of his hands that seem to keep moving all the time?
    What does that mean?

  • Dennis Wilson
    Dennis Wilson 5 days ago

    Trumps speach is very effective

  • Richard Babin
    Richard Babin 5 days ago

    This guy is an example of the destruction of "higher education." A guy who is a "professor at Columbia. I have seen it in my own field with the affirmative action programs bringing in the unintelligent to flood the zone....just like the southern border. Also, have you noticed that all of the Trump haters are homosexual..........just sayin......

  • Sharon Halbirt
    Sharon Halbirt 5 days ago


  • Farzad SD
    Farzad SD 5 days ago

    Hey Brian, how many languages your language experts speak? If he speaks only English he aint a linguistic

  • Nerisa
    Nerisa 5 days ago

    Get to the real issues - who really controls all the Presidents and govts around the world - divide and conquer so slavery is still rife! LOL we sure are dumb! He's right - people don't know what they don't know - we are unbelievably stupid!

  • rosely covali
    rosely covali 5 days ago

    CNN is the nightmare. I bet they will close their doors sooner than they expect.

  • Linda Chapman
    Linda Chapman 5 days ago

    Thank God he's not just another globalist puppet on a string

  • John Brown
    John Brown 5 days ago

    The humble genius!

  • Jenny Herther
    Jenny Herther 5 days ago

    True transparency, non apologetic, one of the guys, one of the people, No holding back, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MAGA, Donald J. Trump. OUR BEST PRESIDENT EVER!

  • Lane Wallace
    Lane Wallace 5 days ago

    A Story About How America Was Almost Destroyed By Criminals.

  • Blayne Miller
    Blayne Miller 5 days ago

    Any good leader knows the value of surrounding himself with people who
    are brilliant in their own fields. No man can know everything, and to
    think otherwise is the worst type of hubris. We are all fallible, and,
    more importantly, we can only know so much. Even the brightest human
    being is only an expert on a handful of fields that he or she has
    mastered, there simply isn't enough time in an average human lifespan to
    become an expert on everything or on most things. The danger for
    someone who professes to be smarter or "better" than -anyone- else is
    that they are missing out on the wisdom other people bring to the fold,
    and you can only make an informed decision by -being informed- by the
    people who really do know better. Because they have devoted their lives
    to it.