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.

84 thoughts on “WOW: Trump Fails Basic Literacy Test

  1. Breaking news on Trump too vain to wear glasses prefers to live in a fuzzy world where reality is like the twilight zone ! Looney tunes has arrived !

  2. If we want to fix the system then we need to make qualifications for ALL elected officials. Instead of spending 4 to 8 years complaining.

  3. This is nothing new by dumbass why this is he keep his family around him dumbass is just a fool who lost billions of dollars and now he's president of the American

  4. A very weak case. Mr. Pakman asserts that spelling mistakes in tweets indicate low literacy; then he says that, owing to low literacy, it's actually others who write his tweets. And if looking for reasons why an old man with a BA and MBA can't read something and doesn't have his glasses with him, try vanity rather than illiteracy.

    Why not go after Trump for a thousand other reasons? It wouldn't be at all difficult. Surely he was right when he said Democrats would call him clever if he were one of them.

    This video is just one American turkey going after another one.

  5. Lil' Trump came home holding the grade report card and said to his father, " Daddy. daddy, guess what? I've got a big 'B' in English reading and writing , big 'B' as in Bright Boy". His father grabbed the report card and looked at it and minutes later he said to Trump , " That is NOT a big ' B' as in bright boy, that is a big 'D' as in Dummy you BIG DUMMY ". πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£

  6. His followers can't read either a match made in heaven. The orange orangutan leading his minions of idiots. Armageddon is going to be a short fight. The legions of good against the legions of morons their general the orange orangutan.

  7. so Donald Trump is practically illiterate,congrats USA,you had outdone yourselves.No wonder he is the only one who understands what 'Bigilly" is

  8. Trump's monument might someday adorn DC as a grand commode, with trump sitting on it as he tweets, in the style of Abe Lincoln's monument.

  9. Okay donny, you didn't do very well in reading… don't despair, let's see how you do with human decency…

  10. I can see that the people around him looked as clueless as he does cause, quite frankly I sure as hell didn't understand a thing he said or comprehend.

  11. I would not be surprised if Trump has dyslexia or some other learning disability. That would explain his reluctance to read in public.

  12. I think that the only thing that 's wrong with him is pure vanity.. he needs to wear glasses because he's over 70 and he can't see, but he's too vain, or he thinks it makes him look weak if he wears glasses…idiot..

  13. I noticed how he kept fidgeting with the pamphlet/whatever, turning it and looking a total lack of recognition – not of the song – but as if he didn't even know what it was he was holding. Like he was thinking "what the hell is this?"

  14. I hope all of our future presidents fail basic literacy test since he has done such a great job . If that is what it takes go for it.

  15. David Pakman is an uneducated if he isn't at least a multi billionaire. Unlit he reaches that he is just a jackass without a brain.

  16. If he wasn't such a fascist racist piece of fucking shit I might have some sympathy for him… Well, actually no

  17. Why do I only see that statement, " remember to keep comments respectful and to follow our community guidelines" when it's about our racist in Chief loser illiterate fascist so-called leader? Freedom of speech baby!!

  18. TRUMP makes several speeches to packed crowds/ media every day…… SOME DAYS PEOPLE HAVE BAD DAYS……In celebrating the end of WWI in FRANCE..You can tell he was suffering from jet lag….. TRUMP IS SO MUCH. SMARTER THAN….. YOU..

  19. I can see all the Trump supporters. Leave him alone, no we wont because if this was Mr. Obama they would be yelling the country is in danger.

  20. Any jackass with a 2.50 grade average and a very rich daddy can get a degree on the wall.
    Why am I not surprised this one can't read and write?
    Who cares, at least he's not Hillary Clinton!
    But I will NOT vote for an intellectually challenged racist rich , insensitive, whoemongering, financial shyster twice. How do you bankrupt casinos and whore houses? You steal the money, lock the doors and file bankruptcy.

  21. These are very general points. I think that there is definitely difficulty with concentration. Could also be early dementia.

  22. Placing him as President was a joke, a big bad joke from Russia as was Obama as well ….unfortunately this countrys petty differences will never elect a Black man t.o be President…by the time this joke is played out the Russians will have 16 years of nothing done on us…this is the frightening reality

  23. David, 40% of Oooossssaaa is also that monumentally stupid. I think a broad concern about the entire country is warranted.

  24. YEAH, GO AHEAD AND TRASH TRUMP AS SOME TYPE OF IDIOT! NOT ONE OF YOU COULD COME CLOSE TO BECOMING PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.! IT'S JUST "THIS KIND OF MENTALITY THAT WILL UNDERESTIMATE TRUMP'S STREET SMARTS A SECOND TIME TO ONLY HAVE HIM FOR 4 MORE YEARS!!!!"

  25. I know that this is an old issue, but, I learned something new yesterday; the Dunning- Kruger Effect is a psychological diagnosis applied to trump. Google it

  26. I guess they didn't teach writing skills at Trump University only how to build a pyramid scheme I guess he missed out on school house rock in the 1970s

  27. Damn, I've never seen such a hate boner for the man. Even if I were to grant that the president cannot read, again lol, that makes me think far less of the left. How in the actual fuck do you lose to a guy who can't fucking read. It blends itself to the old question us evil centrists have for the two extremes. Do we vote for crazy? Or stupid?

  28. Crazy as it is, trump is proving that you don't need to have academic credentials to get into power. You just need to be a well known face (the apprentice), be a self deluded narcisist, a mean and cruel bully, a liar and manipulator, a thief and a cheat, and finally knowing lots of rich people and being stinking rich yourself helps

  29. Rex Tillerson , he's a F'ing …one of THE ,sadly, no offense to anyone strugling who is a NICE person unlike this baffoon, – best ex's of how bad it really is, Pence's face hillarious!!

  30. did you ever notice how Hillary Clinton can't stay on topic how she doesn't even know what she's saying and can't remember what she said the paragraph before that's a sign of insanity and you wanted her to be president you realize right now every Foreigner in the world would be allowed into America that is insane thinking you have to have controls as a matter of fact you have to stop all migration to America now before it's too late I got one question for the guy narrating here is he going to let 52 Nigerians 14 and 12 Frenchmen live in his house with him cuz that's what's going to turn into whether you like it or not if you let all those people in I can tell where you're coming from I'm good at seeing have gay people try and hide when they're in public because they're ashamed of themselves that's not to say all gay people are ashamed of themselves but this guy is very ashamed of himself he has no ability to make mental thoughts happen is Trey is track of mind is really weird what's just like Hillary Clinton's God bless President Donald J Trump and blue lives matter and by American makeamericagreatagain don't be like this Toyota Sony loving fool

  31. I'd like to know how many times the narrator here has been charged and convicted with child pronography child molestation and child endangerment that we can see by his eyes that he is a pedophile and a pervert we can see by his facial expressions he's very jealous of everyone around him we can see by his hunched shoulders but he's not a very confident person and I can see he's never had a relationship with a woman for obvious reasons God bless President Donald J Trump and blue lives matter and make America great again by American don't be like this guy a Toyota Levin full

  32. this guy that's narrating is really having problems with his thinking strategy but I want him to know that we good Americans know who he is and put him on the list and we can victim of all the crimes listed and many more I'm sure we're going to find you fucking with the government and the government is run by Donald Trump you stupid little bitch want to fuck you up and send you to a really bad prison for Tyrone and bubba so we can have an interracial relationship for you are both going to be fighting over you and in the end the both going to rape you little fucking ass you better shut your mouth now before we take you apart at the seams and I do mean take you apart you don't stand a chance brother you need to shut your mouth you going to talk about anybody bad how come you don't talk about Hillary bad with her inability to make statements to organize your thoughts and even have a look of presidential on her face she looks like with joker from Batman you dumb little bitch so I want to remind you again God bless President Donald J Trump who's brought more jobs back than any president in history in just two years he's turn the economy around stock markets up and down was under every president I can think of emoji little bitch you going to get spanked you going to prison I've made the decision after watching you narrate your little speech that you deserve nothing but the very worst in life and as I'm a part of the government and make sure this happens you really fucked up you know that bitch God bless President Donald J Trump and blue lives matter and make America great again buy American I don't hang around with this fool cuz we're sending him down the river it's going to be painful on his ass President Trump has already watched this little tangent of yours and he ain't happy and for all the things you said about him being so unamerican so ignorant and so many other things that show you how ignorant he is when you're in prison bitch and I can say whatever I want because you have no way of looking me up but I know exactly who you are

  33. tRump in a Church would be like tossing me onto the field during a professional football game. But what's truly bizarre is the fact that trumptards refuse to see what is obvious to the rest of us. This meat bag is the dumbest being to sit in the Oval Office. This includes pets.

  34. Poor reading skills do not automatically correlate with low intelligence. There are many reasons why someone may have difficulty reading that have nothing to do with how smart they are. In this case however, it is just one more example of the many issues of deliberate ignorance from the currant POTUS.

  35. Dude maybe he is illiterate IDK but I do know you are full of shit and I don't think you really know what you're talking about there are a lot of variables you don't mention or think about. Argumentative writing, speeches, and media that is very well put together addresses counter arguments before the can be made with in their own writing or speech. You did not do this and know sits with you presently to argue facts or speculations with you. I think you're full of shit and just kind of jumping on a band wagon.

  36. Just remembered…if a child skips the crawling stage, for whatever reason, he may never catch up in reading proficiency or other cognitive skills.

  37. Love you, man, but the church part in the beginning was really a stretch. It's not uncommon to see a couple of disinterested folks acting similarly during hymns. πŸ™‚ Now, do I agree with your premise? Yes. He definitely cannot read very well and it is an embarrassment.

  38. This guy is a dick … What a waist of my time.. I am Canadian RCMP this document is fake..awe do not do that at all .πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸ€¬πŸπŸπŸπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ This guy sucks shit We love Trump…

  39. Haters will always hate, leave good people alone. Pakman you dont need Literacy if best you will ever be is a burger fryer at MC Donalds.

  40. I'm not the one to judge everyone will be judged at the time of judging is to happen. God, is real I know this to be true for myself. With all my dealings with him asking for forgiveness for my sins

  41. He will win BIGGLY again in 2020!!. Haters should order their razor blades now. Then you can all slit your wrists in unison.

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