Friday, August 4, 2017

Trump the linguist

Does anyone else find President Trump’s new-found respect for language strange and ironic.  Overnight he finds himself quite comfortable with setting linguistic competencies for the nation!  This coming from someone who doesn’t complete most of his sentences and whose impoverished repertoire of descriptives is “beautiful,  "right” “tremendous” and “fake”.  

Thursday Pres. Trump declared that only people who speak English should be allowed into the US. 
And last night, at a Trump rally, the Governor of W. Va. was talking about the new White House Chief of Staff, General Kelly, and actually boasted that Kelly was, 

This from a Governor who’s last name is “Justice.”!!

Enough!  Who made these guys arbiters of literacy and the spoken word? It's not bad enough that Trump has lowered the bar for lucid, grammatical dialogue -  now this administration is implicating language and literacy in the service of overtly bigoted and xenophobic political statements?  OK.  That sentence was a mouthful, but seriously. 

Oh, and Governor, the former Chief of Staff’s name is,

                                  Reince Priebus

                                     Rīns  Prē - bus