Monday, August 17, 2020

Yo, dudes: Our semi-literate president

While reading something handed to him by his aides, Trump stumbled on "Yosemite," pronouncing it as "Yo semite." He knew there was something wrong---something about Jews? But he plowed on, mispronouncing it a second time.

Trump has never been to Yosemite, and he's likely never seen the word in print before.

Trump is a classic case of a semi-literate, technically literate but so unfamiliar with the written language that he labors to read the prepared messages that begin his press conferences, like the kids in grammar school who painfully stumbled through Dick and Jane stories when the teacher called on them.

Trump famously doesn't read, even the important national security briefing documents that other presidents read. 

Instead he watches TV, mostly the toxic Fox network, which makes his presidency a daily threat to national security.

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