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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Is Trump Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader?

Carnegie Mellon University Study Provides The Answer

So, is Trump really smarter than a fifth-grader?

When it comes to Trump’s boasting about how ‘smart’ he is, the Los Angeles Times says what a lot of us have been thinking.

Anyone who feels compelled to boast how smart he is clearly suffers from a profound insecurity about his intelligence and accomplishments. In Trump’s case, he has good reason to have doubts.

So, is Trump really smarter than a fifth-grader?

PR Newswire cites a Carnegie Mellon University study, and others, that show just how low Trump’s intellectual skills really are.

An earlier analysis by the Boston Globe used the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, which is based on average sentence length and average number of syllables per word, and found Trump speaking at a 4th grade level, two grade levels below his peers.

Trump’s obsession with talking about ‘winning’ is also a sign that his claims of mental superiority are nonsense.

Maxine Eskenazi, a scientist at the Carnegie Mellon University Language Technologies Institute. and graduate student Elliot Schumacher explained Trump’s vocabulary level in The Washington Post;

For example, we would expect that we could see the word ‘win’ fairly frequently in third grade documents while the word ‘successful’ would be more frequent in, say, seventh grade documents.

Politico further adds,

If you were to market Donald Trump’s vocabulary as a toy, it would resemble a small box of Lincoln Logs… He prefers to link short, blocky words into other short, blocky words to create short, blocky sentences that he then stacks into short, blocky paragraphs…. His comments from an August 11 news conference in Michigan earned only a 3rd-grade score.

Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine offers this explanation of Trump’s brain-bragging.

Donald Trump’s mental capabilities, or lack thereof, have been in the news recently. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called him a “fucking moron,” and then pointedly refused to deny having said it… And so Trump has been forced to remind the country that elected him, sort of, that he does in fact possess a keen intellect.

If Trump has to keep telling people how ‘smart’ he is, it must mean that he doesn’t think it’s obvious.