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 • 12 479

  • Jeffrey Morton
    Jeffrey Morton Hour ago

    Trump is the perfect representation of American ideals, ethics, education and standards. I can't think of anyone better to hold out to the rest of the world and say "This is the best that America has to offer..." That's why the people elected him president...

  • Herman Duke
    Herman Duke 5 hours ago

    Some journalist want to be able to call President Trump all kinds of names and insults: But when he answers then back in a fast shooting “crude-language”and puts them in their place their reaction is:
    “oh my God.” he can talk-back ...and now He is insulting me the same way they do but with much more punch.......back in the old days Mr. Mike Tyson used to have “zero-tolerance” for soft-spoken or “adorned”. Insults....and if done in the “context”. Of. A live-interview:....a very none-verbal But very physical. “quick-response”would have followed from Mr Tyson with no further questions (adorned insults). Resulting in said host. promising himself never to attempt such interviewing tactic on Mr Tyson ever again.....and just like the guys he knock-out never showed any desire or interest for a “rematch” try and relieve the experience no matter what the money-incentive was..........

  • 张瑞
    张瑞 6 hours ago

    So I feel it right! Minutes ago when I was watching another youtube video, I asked myself, is that right grammar in what Trump says? I'm an English learner and I pay attention to these things. Turned out I'm not the only one who thinks like this!

  • Kimberly Bradford
    Kimberly Bradford 10 hours ago

    And he learned nothing on them ... hilarious ... and sad

  • Gérard Lefrançois
    Gérard Lefrançois 10 hours ago

    Without illusion, conflict is impossible.

    Who would defend himself unless he thought he were attacked, that the attack were real, and that is own defense could save himself ??? And herein lies the folly of defense; it gives illusions full reality, and then attemps to handle them as real. It adds illusions to illusions thus making correction doubly difficult. And it is this you do when you attempt to plan the future, activate the past, or organize the present as you wish.

  • Bingo Bango
    Bingo Bango 14 hours ago

    I’m just here for the thhhh don’t mind me

  • Sherry Edwards
    Sherry Edwards 15 hours ago

    What diff does it mk how donald talks..

  • James Jackson
    James Jackson 16 hours ago

    “And he learned nothing in them” 😭😭😭😭😭

  • Losaiko Trumpsters Suck cat puke

    Mr. Trump,
    You are out of your league & trying to pretend your dealing with fotiegn powers in the Middle East. You are responcable for the death of an American Journalist and thousands if civilians in Yemen!!!
    I have been writing Republican Senators who are now saying you will be impeached.
    I consider you Putins Lil Puppet who is doing the bidding of dictators and despots.
    You are a stain and an embaressment to America. Step down and take a pardon or buy an orange jumpsuit.

  • Truth Told
    Truth Told 22 hours ago +1

    Someone tell me what a linguist is doing near politics. He's like a 4 year old in a butcher's sausage factory. Ohhh poor MSNBC try right not wrong.

  • Marylyn Milar
    Marylyn Milar Day ago


  • Carmen Rubio
    Carmen Rubio Day ago

    l thought he talked weird because of his dentures. For sure he's getting alzheimers he forgets what he says n repeats the same words over n over he don't make sense.

  • Daner Madison
    Daner Madison Day ago

    He speaks like a 'baby'.....

  • Walter hirsch
    Walter hirsch 2 days ago

    Its funny because Trump actually admits all of his sins/crimes by blaming them on his opponents just like the 3rd grade school yard bully boy he is; "Its not me! Look at Cruz, and Hilary!" and then he tries to pin his sins on them or anyone else he can.
    Of course the morons in his racist white trash Cult buy everything he says just so long as his message is filled with their hate towards everyone "different" from them, and lets them blame those they hate. These scum have no desire to know the truth and in fact actively, even deliberately, ignore the truth in favor of their "hate-filled conspiracies"!
    It is like dealing with a crowd of belligerent and very stupid grammar school children with an evil belligerent hateful moronic "know-it-all" pretending he'll lead them (Lord of the Flies?). Of course Trump only cares about Trump and he's just in it for the personal gain and he loves the feeling of being so powerful!
    Thankfully NOVEMBER is coming! VOTE BLUE!

  • K
    K 2 days ago +1

    So Hilary and the Democrats lost to an adolescent...that's rich!

  • Captain Gossip
    Captain Gossip 2 days ago

    The states with the poorest school systems and consequence the stupidest people on the planet are all deep red states. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Here are the states at the very bottom: #50 Nevada #49 New Mexico #48 Mississippi #47 Idaho #46 Louisiana #45 Oklahoma #44 Arizona #43 Alabama #42 Arkansas #41 South Carolina. Unfortunately, Arkansas is the only state on this list that’s also in the 10 ten for having the highest suicide rate. Arkansas and New Mexico are two states that are also in the top twenty for drug problems.

  • Ioan Mihaltan
    Ioan Mihaltan 2 days ago

    Poor Columbia Students such a arrogant teacher maybe this guy isn‘t a teacher he doesn‘t look like a teacher to me and all myfolks were teacher .I live in Europe and can‘t verify in it‘s true , the world is full of liers

  • Punk’N Donuts
    Punk’N Donuts 2 days ago

    That’s why his followers like him.

  • Sabrina Abero
    Sabrina Abero 2 days ago


  • Johnny Dicken
    Johnny Dicken 2 days ago +1

    If it took an “oddly adolescent” person to improve relations with N Korea, what does that say about the last administration? Just another bull$#!+ OPINION from the liberal media

  • David Weigel
    David Weigel 3 days ago

    Hey Jose- I’m an American and I can have an opinion like you. Why the ugly words?

  • David Weigel
    David Weigel 3 days ago

    Hippywolf- so how is your Boeing 757 doing theses days? He sure has done well for for a Moran. When are you running for President?

  • R Martini
    R Martini 3 days ago

    Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States and you are a linguistic. Lol

  • jamais vaincu
    jamais vaincu 3 days ago

    *Believe me ................. pleeeeze! / Lol*

  • Driven home
    Driven home 3 days ago

    I am still disappointed in the Great USA that Trump is "really" the President. For me it is like living in a parallel Universe. It's an insult to the great United States of America that this "guy" is the President. What kind of mentality votes for his kind of values? It is hard to believe this is part of Global history.
    What's harder to believe is the majority that voted for him, which makes millions of Americans much more lethal than this ONE man.
    Americans are all hype about money, fame and "pretty" things. Gone is; Integrity, tolerance, intelligence, mercy and wisdom.. gone.........

  • Wilson Traynor
    Wilson Traynor 3 days ago

    Just as well their is no one listening.....idiots.

  • Wilson Traynor
    Wilson Traynor 3 days ago

    So he talks the people's language how interesting.

  • Kanno Tage
    Kanno Tage 3 days ago +1

    whether one like it or not, he has been successful

  • Gary Krank
    Gary Krank 4 days ago

    The biggest, the best ever, like no other president before, no one has seen the likes of this before, I give up. STUPID!!!!!!! SAD!!!!!!

  • Sara Meira Gootblatt

    Msnbc is high school journalism. 😆 Camilla paglia says the appealing of Donald trump consists in speaking at the level of working men and woman. If only the media would understand that and stop putting him down which is the equivalent of putting us down, maybe they would have better ratings. There’s nothing wrong with having unsophisticated language, you snobs! At least his ideas are clear. Stupid press.

  • Fabian Boleslaw
    Fabian Boleslaw 4 days ago

    thanks for Columbia University for sharing

  • Super Sonic
    Super Sonic 4 days ago

    Ughhh at this point we have a choice between an autocrat or a theocrat...and one is just as dangerous to our country as the other!!

  • Kirby
    Kirby 4 days ago

    If Trump thought he could have a one hundred foot tall picture of him erected in every city, he would. This would excite him beyond the attention he gets during his rally's, and watching crowds cheer for him. But there would be something much stronger that would soon bring him back down.He would soon realize, that he is still just Donald Trump.

  • Mark Grano
    Mark Grano 4 days ago

    The most successful president in the last 50 years

    • Binkle Babe
      Binkle Babe 3 days ago

      Give me some explicit examples, please.

  • warworks
    warworks 4 days ago +1

    This comment section is so salty, you could pour a bottle of water on it and call it the dead sea

  • Maple Leafs
    Maple Leafs 4 days ago

    Anyone with a High School diploma and a clue know by now that trump isn't an intelligent President or billionaire! So if hes so smart where did he get his money from? trumps father funneled 350,000,000 to don the con in a company they invented to get around paying their share of Income Tax! trump stole tuition money from the students at trump university and then used the students to sell trumps products like trump steaks, wine etc... trump has failed to pay his contractors when they built the casino in NY I believe which failed also the casinos in Vegas went belly up. Tony soprano wasn't as dirty as trump and his family. Impeach Don the Con we are sick are tired of his lies!! And the world will be much safer.

  • Curt Urweider
    Curt Urweider 4 days ago +1

    And by the way , being a good speaker doesn't necessarily make you a great president, i.e. Obama??

  • Curt Urweider
    Curt Urweider 4 days ago

    I am sorry but what kind of job is it that this guy has to come up with this . He's getting paid for this TOTAL GARBAGE, at least Trump is consistent.

  • Diane Bowling
    Diane Bowling 5 days ago

    Trump is no dummy,..

    • Binkle Babe
      Binkle Babe 3 days ago

      He is first, and always, a very succesful businessman. He is supposed to serve the country, not the other way around

  • chu pahboon
    chu pahboon 5 days ago

    nowadays the world produces a lot of educated beings but lack in human concience and kind heart

  • chu pahboon
    chu pahboon 5 days ago

    his way of speaking is not a problem if he speak out the point or the point to talk like professor if the acts and thinkings is not for the good or for the righteousness

  • sounds by sami T sosa

    That guy was funny

  • Paul H
    Paul H 6 days ago

    Would anybody like to have McWorter's opinion of the linguistic styles of Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer? How about the linguistic content of Hillary Clinton's lies? And I'd love to hear his critique of Elizabeth Warren as she tells us she is 1/1024th Native American. You will never hear it because MSNBC will not pay anyone to come on TV to criticize Democrats. Democrats are like Mary Poppins, "practically perfect in every possible way."

  • Beau Larson
    Beau Larson 6 days ago +1

    When he says "believe me" he's lying.

  • pics333
    pics333 6 days ago

    Trump is a shame for America

  • Lorna Nunez
    Lorna Nunez 6 days ago

    Donald Trump is, OG. in brain constipation...!

  • Jati B
    Jati B 6 days ago

    Hey, if you want to know what he try to say you have to bring a psychologist, not a linguistic. Remember, trump is a negotiator.

  • Alabama Mothman
    Alabama Mothman 6 days ago +1

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Like democrat chanting and shrilling are examples of perfect speech.

  • Raymond-Trevor Twine M.A.

    With all this evidence that America has voted in a non intellegent person WHY KEEP HIM?

  • York Garulherr
    York Garulherr 6 days ago

    That's the equivalent of 'you know what I'm saying?'. Believe me!

  • new adam
    new adam 6 days ago


  • allice444
    allice444 6 days ago

    Find someone doesn't like Trump, like a Democrat Professor and ask for their opinion of Trump .. expecting what ?

    • José Hunter
      José Hunter 5 days ago

      I'm sorry that you're incapable of understanding anything... including Trump himself, apparently

  • Kathi Daniels
    Kathi Daniels 6 days ago +1

    Give me a Break! This is your opinion because you hate Trump. Nice Try.

  • Kathi Daniels
    Kathi Daniels 6 days ago +1

    He learned nothing at the finest schools Professor? He is one of the Richest Man in the World . He is self Made. And he is the President. I would say he learned quite a bit.

  • HerSupreme
    HerSupreme 7 days ago

    He has no decorum.

  • HerSupreme
    HerSupreme 7 days ago

    In other words, he’s is mentally and emotionally childlike. A child with a temper.

  • Danyel Rash-Sawyer
    Danyel Rash-Sawyer 7 days ago

    That moment you realize that Donald Trump is Hercule Satan

  • TheCroatianGamingChannel

    Jesus Christ.. Hes rich af and he saved you idiots.. Stop smearing his name and inviting these degenerates with phds

  • anil ramautar
    anil ramautar 7 days ago +1

    Cage fight ,Trump VS Obama.

  • Shannon Campbell
    Shannon Campbell 7 days ago

    Under Trump's watch, national debt tops $21 trillion for the first time ever. About a year ago, President Trump pledged to eliminate the national debt "over a period of eight years." But for the first time in history, the national debt surpassed $21 trillion this week, according to the U.S. Treasury.March 17, 2018

  • Welsh Wizard
    Welsh Wizard 7 days ago

    Strong language coming from Cetshwayo, have some respect for Christ sake he is well above you moron

  • Tom Dotson
    Tom Dotson 7 days ago +1

    Lol stupid libs

  • Rico Horton
    Rico Horton 8 days ago +1

    Fug MSNBC lol

  • elle studio
    elle studio 8 days ago

    Mcwhorter makes me want to study linguistics immediately.

  • Iieaha Mcclendon
    Iieaha Mcclendon 8 days ago +1

    Let's vote him out please vote this midterm election

  • John Silver
    John Silver 8 days ago

    But he is the MAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Funny that professor is black. His entire race can talk or read. And must be supported by ALL. He must have been raised by whites and got his FREE college education like BAMBAM.

  • Jafet Heredia
    Jafet Heredia 9 days ago

    Look at his eyes.. If he was a professor and knew what he was talking about. He wouldn't have to look at the screen behind him to read

  • CarmineFragione
    CarmineFragione 9 days ago

    When the Radicals of the Democrats lose this election , what will they do, go from insulting Trump to murdering humanity ? Probably..... Radicals, like Adolf Hitler, became great orators, using all the most likely tricks of the Opera.

  • Jonathan Conk
    Jonathan Conk 9 days ago

    You needed a linguist to tell you that? I could’ve told you that, the worlds been saying exactly that

  • rs
    rs 9 days ago

    You f**** liberals. You will never get over your loss. Get a life. He is here to stay 6 more years.

  • Henry Aguila
    Henry Aguila 9 days ago

    Hollywood has so much evil, don't be deceived by these actors.

    MARTITA NICROSI 9 days ago

    He's not only narcissist racists, misogynistic arrogant and descascasting etc etc etc.

  • NPC Hive Mindset
    NPC Hive Mindset 9 days ago +2

    Liberals are so mental its almost funny. Red Tsunami is going to be the best day ever.

  • Donald Pesch
    Donald Pesch 9 days ago

    MSNBC 👎

  • allan paull
    allan paull 9 days ago +1

    God, I despise of commucrats. Liberal POS>

  • allan paull
    allan paull 9 days ago +1

    MSNBC the scum of the earth

  • Sanski Bosnjak
    Sanski Bosnjak 10 days ago

    America needs normal person as US president. Trump is not!

  • Gail Zahran
    Gail Zahran 10 days ago +1

    Idiots both of these bobble heads.....

  • flylikeabeetv
    flylikeabeetv 10 days ago

    the linguistics professor that doesn't move his mouth when he talks lol

  • Maria Chavez
    Maria Chavez 11 days ago +2


    • Ro G
      Ro G 9 days ago

      Yup. Because how often do smart people ever have to tell people they're smart people? Never.

  • miapdx
    miapdx 11 days ago

    Adolescent is generous. I hear a small child.

  • DarkMatter2525
    DarkMatter2525 11 days ago

    What's really unfortunate is that the way he talks helped him get elected because people confused it with populism, thinking he's more of a common man than a politician. Spoiler: he's not.

  • june barathy
    june barathy 11 days ago

    jun barathy yes again..... What I notice, and I am not being rude to the American people, they don't seem to have much knowledge of the English Royal family, and so I wonder , us people from other Australian, it is us who is having a GO as we say, at your President ???

  • William L. Greene
    William L. Greene 11 days ago

    Hopefully No Trini Politician is similer to Trump.Am I correct?????????

  • Robert Ross
    Robert Ross 11 days ago

    You don’t qualify to criticize Trump. What have you achieved comparatively. There are so many eloquent talkers who are of no significance in their community or nation.

  • J. Muller
    J. Muller 12 days ago

    Isn't this Rich coming from Brian Williams who was fired for lying?

  • jon hodges
    jon hodges 12 days ago

    I am now dumber for watching this.

  • Tracy Crawford
    Tracy Crawford 12 days ago

    He acts like a child, why not sound like one.

  • steven day
    steven day 12 days ago

    You'll all pay for your crimes. The reason they hate him is that they're desperate and scared

  • steven day
    steven day 12 days ago

    Where do they find these morons

  • Jennifer Rodriguez
    Jennifer Rodriguez 12 days ago


  • Yukio Mukaibo
    Yukio Mukaibo 12 days ago

    Wow. Never knew Trump was educated.

  • Ann kristin Powell
    Ann kristin Powell 12 days ago

    He can learn,some he have learn everything,alone.

  • Brandon Stronks
    Brandon Stronks 12 days ago

    You don't have to speak like a pompous Columbia University professor to change the world (for the better). John McWhorter can talk pretty...Donald Trump can run the country amidst a growing U.S. economy. Just sayin.

  • Alice Milling
    Alice Milling 12 days ago

    He doesn't have any intelligents that's why every time he opens his stupid mouth some one has to physically write something for him so he can recant his ignorance

  • William Hinkley
    William Hinkley 13 days ago

    Ya. Uhuh. By all means. Obama calling a navy officer a "corpseman" (phonetically) three times during a ceremony shows how intellectually mature he was. MSN; keep on hating till you rot your guts out.

  • Susan  Vaughan-Schiele
    Susan Vaughan-Schiele 13 days ago

    Trump shows no sign of having been educated at all, let alone having had an expensive private education. His lack of eloquence and paucity of vocabulary illustrate his base personality and character.

  • Skeeter Man
    Skeeter Man 13 days ago

    Making fun of his plan speak and relentless personal attacks gives Trump even more momentum. We have learned nothing. Keep laughing.