What Grade Level Does Donald Trump Speak At?
New Analysis Claims to Have Answer
Oct. 22, 2015 2:51am Oliver Darcy 3.4K SHARES
The Boston Globe reviewed the announcement speeches of each 2016 hopeful and found that Donald Trump’s choice words were at the comprehension level of a fourth grader — the lowest of any candidate, Republican or Democrat.
“Trump is talking about things that are emotional, simple, and angry,” prominent Republican strategist Rick Wilson told the Globe. “He’s not talking about the complexity of international affairs. It’s, ‘Let’s take their oil!’ It doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out exegesis of American foreign policy. It’s Trump. It’s simple.”
The analysis was based on a common algorithm called the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, the Globe said.
Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who has surged to second place, spoke at about a sixth grade level in his announcement speech.
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) were at the higher end of the spectrum, delivering speeches at about the ninth grade level.
On the Democratic side of things, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) announced his candidacy at a tenth grade level.
Hillary Clinton and former Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke with language suitable for eight graders.