WOW: Trump Fails Basic Literacy Test

WOW: Trump Fails Basic Literacy Test


(Pakman)What a weekend! Despair, confusion, disbelief, surprise, treachery. And I’m only talking about the historic New England Patriots Super Bowl victory last night, never mind politics. But a lot of news in the political world as well. This story we did about Donald Trump seemingly not being able to read well has completely exploded. It went nuts. Nearly three million views on Facebook, nearly 200,000 views on YouTube, tens of thousands of comments across all platforms about this. And the story is only growing. Not only do we have even more evidence now that Donald Trump would not pass a basic literacy test, we actually now have a document which explains some of the normal and common indicators that someone has limited literacy, and I’m going to present all of this to you because I am increasingly convinced that our president has only a passing knowledge, a rudimentary, basic ability to read. And this is sort of a concern when you’re talking about the President of the United States. So first there’s a couple more things I want to show you. I’m not going to rehash all of the stuff from last week, all the different footage and lots of different things that you can check out by reviewing last week’s clip. We have now some very very weird footage from the inauguration day morning worship service. You’ll remember that Donald Trump and his wife, and Mike Pence and his wife, went to a church to apparently placate religious voters. And Mike Pence at one point hands Donald Trump a pamphlet with the songs, the hymns, that were going to be sung there, to Donald Trump. And when you look at Mike Pence’s face he looks visibly nervous about handing Donald Trump something to read. It’s very very clear that Pence doesn’t seem super comfortable with this. And then as this entire charade continues, Donald Trump actually started singing before the first verse started. Clearly he doesn’t really seem to know exactly what’s going on, and you know this could be because Donald Trump is lying about being religious and just doesn’t know the songs, but it also helps to build this case that Donald Trump can’t really read. And then this gets even weirder when the first verse starts and Donald Trump starts and stops singing, he doesn’t really know what’s going on, he’s doing this thing that is common of people with low literacy, which is he’s staring at the page without any visual cues that suggests he’s recognizing much of what’s written there. And then in another point Donald Trump actually gives up, and he puts his pamphlet away and tells Melania to do the same. Of course no one else is doing this at the time. Trump seems genuinely mad that he can’t understand what it is that’s going on, and puts his pamphlet away and demands that his wife do the exact same thing. So again more and more of these videos are surfacing where Donald Trump just seems to have only a passing recognition of the words and sentences that are constructed in the English language on different pieces of paper. And here’s the really stunning thing today, it’s come to my attention that the Canadian police has what they call a low literacy checklist document. And this is related to a program they call Targeting Crime with Literacy. I was thinking as I reviewed this, how Canadian of them, Targeting Crime with Literacy. In the U.S. we target crime with prisons and guns, not literacy and education. In any case, take a look at it. We have the document here, and as I went through this document I realize that Donald Trump matches the list of how we identify people with limited literacy perfectly! This document pointing, out keep in mind, that people who have trouble reading, writing, and understanding verbal information often try to cover up their problem. Here are some of the signs that may indicate a person has a low level of literacy. And again, every single one of these Donald Trump fulfills to a T. Let’s start with something that we’ve observed with Trump for a while, which is that someone with limited literacy may have difficulty telling a clear story, or sometimes might seem to talk in circles. That way of thinking often is correlated with a low literacy level. Let me remind you this is just one example of this exact phenomenon, where Donald Trump seems to talk in circles and it’s not clear what he’s talking about. (Trump)…know what irks me? Look, having nuclear, my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT. Good genes, very good genes, okay? Very smart. The Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart. You know if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, okay. If I ran as a liberal Democrat they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world. It’s true! But when you’re a conservative Republican they try, oh, do they do a number. That’s why I always sort of, “went to Wharton, was a good student. Went there, went there, did this, built the-” you know I have to give my like, credentials all the time. (Pakman)Hmm yeah. It’s all becoming increasingly clear. Much of what we’ve observed with Donald Trump may be because the guy can barely read. Another indicator of a low level of literacy, the speaker may have stiff body language when speaking. Again, just one example, let me remind you of the following. (Trump)Both cases you realize what’s happened, it’s imploding, as we said. Some states have over a hundred percent increase and 17, and I said this two years ago, 17 is going to be the bad year. (Pakman)Yeah. Another example from the low literacy warning signs checklist, when asked to read or write something a person with low literacy may make excuses to avoid the task. Like for example, “I can’t read this because I forgot my glasses.” This is exactly what Donald Trump did in the video I showed you last week from the deposition that went viral. First he doesn’t want to read it because it’s too long, then he says he doesn’t have his glasses. Again, look at this. (Woman)And tell me what you think, reading that, you as the landlord are entitled to get from the tenant, in the event of a tenant breach, in the way of damages. (Trump)I don’t have my glasses. I am at a disadva- Cause I didn’t bring my glasses. This is such small writing. (Pakman)Yeah. Another example, the speaker may look dazed or uncomfortable when someone gives them something to read. They may just appear to be staring at the page without any indication that they’re actually reading or understanding what is on the page. I bring to you, again, another exhibit from Donald Trump. (Woman)we can have a bigger copy made of these pages, and we’ll come back to it. (Trump)Let me just try, let me just do it. (Woman 2)I have to place on the record a hearty objection. (Pakman)Again, when they do write, someone with low literacy may make a lot of spelling or grammar mistakes in their writing. And I propose to you that we look at three of Donald Trump’s tweets, One where he wrote, “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresedented act.” Remember “unpresedented,” a word that that he wrote in a way that is not actually a word. Also from Donald Trump, another tweet, “Heading to Phoneix.” “Phoenix” misspelled. Also another tweet from Donald Trump, “Ted Cruz is totally unelectable, if he even gets to run (born in Canada). Will loose big to Hillary.” And of course we know that Donald Trump usually is not the one tweeting, only tweeting personally on occasion. Another indicator of low literacy, the low literacy person may bring a friend or relative with them who helps with both reading and writing. And I call your attention to Donald Trump tweeting that he actually doesn’t write most of his tweets, he dictates them to someone else who posts them. Continuing, again, Donald Trump meeting every single bullet point from the low literacy checklist of the Canadian police initiative, Targeting Crime with Literacy, the speaker with low literacy may give what seem to be indirect, confused, or irrelevant answers to question. I present to you Donald Trump. (O’Reilly)What would you set the federal minimum wage at? (Trump)There doesn’t have to be, well I would leave it and raise it somewhat. You need to help people. And I know it’s not very Republican to say- (O’Reilly)Well give me, 10 bucks? 10? (Trump)I would say 10. I would say 10. But with the understanding that somebody like me is going to bring back jobs, I don’t want people to be in that $10 category for very long. But the thing is we’ll let the states make the deal. (O’Reilly)But they do have the right I do that now, because you could have a state that raises it to 15- (Pakman)Yeah also, individuals with low literacy may not ask any questions at all rather than revealing that they don’t understand what’s going on. Another hallmark of Trump. (Pakman)Yeah right. And then lastly individuals who can’t really read well will often sign statements or legal documents that they do not understand. Remember this, folks? (Woman)Did you review the lease at all before you signed it? (Trump)No. (Woman)How many leases like this have you reviewed in your career? (Trump)Signed, or reviewed? (Woman)Reviewed. (Trump)Not too many. I signed hundreds. (Pakman)And lastly, not that I need any video examples of this, individuals with low literacy may try to give the impression, may give the impression that they don’t understand the seriousness of a particular situation. No clip needed there, goes without saying for Trump. I want to remind you, why is this a big deal? If an individual appears to have low literacy it’s more than just a reading problem. This impacts thinking strategies. This impacts how someone is able to understand and potentially solve problems. What might sometimes be an unusual or unproductive attitude towards an issue can actually be the cause of a literacy problem. Not only is Donald Trump merely moderately literate, we’re talking about a president of the United States that seems to be only slightly literate. Is this a problem for anybody else? The more I look into this, the more concerned I am that the president of the United States can barely read.

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