Interpreting Trump speak--Are Trump haters snobs?

Katty Kay, BBC:
Two opposing opinion columns in US newspapers this week made me wonder if people's objection to Donald Trump is actually snobbism.

Are both liberal and conservative intellectuals simply appalled by the way he talks?

They are so blinded by his misuse of language and mangling of history that they judge him for what he says, and how he says it, and not for what he does.

The columns in question were by George Will, a distinguished conservative writer here in Washington and a long time critic of the president, and by Chris Ruddy, CEO of the media organisation Newsmax and a good friend of the president. I'll leave you to judge their effectiveness.

But as I read them, it occurred to me that the two men were drawing very different conclusions about the same thing, namely Trump's intellectual style. Moreover these two opinions broadly define why some people love Trump and some hate him. It's how he sounds that people respond to so viscerally.

Mr Will's objection smacks of the very intellectual elitism that Mr Trump's supporters to despise. Both the tone and content of Mr Trump's language is certainly distinctive. Mr Will says it reveals gross ignorance.

But Mr Trump's supporters wholeheartedly agree with Chris Ruddy. Polls show us that the one thing they really like is that the new president is shaking things up. And part of that shake up is the way he talks and tweets. The very unfiltered-ness of Donald Trump is refreshing to them. When he gets his history wrong, that's fine, so does everyone sometimes. It just makes him more human.

When he shoots from the lip, he sounds natural and not like yet another poll-driven politician. When he tweets, with !! and CAPITALS, it is authentic and direct. When he offers to make the "best deals", and produce so many wins, "you'll get tired of winning," his supporters don't hear brashness, or irritating bragging. They hear confidence and ambition.

Critics have totally the opposite reaction. But maybe they are being elitist, or snobbish, if they judge Mr Trump by the odd way he talks, or by his overuse of superlatives and his slim grasp of history. What matters far more is what he does with the presidency.
I think she is right.  I was initially turned off by his language and style, but when you cut through the speaking style and bore down to the substance of his policies they appear to be effective for the most part.  His handling of foreign affairs and his use of force have been surprisingly effective.  I have suggested to the media they need to do away with the Trump fact checks and focus on the substance of his policies and how the impact people in the real world.

Perhaps they need a Trump interpreter to better comprehend what he is saying  Perhaps someone from the rust belt could help them out.


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