During a speech last December, Donald Trump declared that he has “the best words” in a statement that sounded as if it was written by a 4th grader:
I went to an Ivy League school. I’m very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words. I have the best.
Even when Trump is talking about his vocabulary, he can’t help but declare that he’s got “the best.” You know, the same guy who uses words like “sad,” “loser,” and “stupid” on a near constant basis. Clearly his vocabulary is eloquent and highly sophisticated.
That being said, over the course of Trump’s campaign it’s become clear that what he says is usually not what he means. His behavior combined with his juvenile-level vocabulary usually tells a much different story than what he’s actually saying.
So, in the spirit of “Trumpisms,” I thought I’d put out a helpful guide people can use to decipher what Trump actually means when he says certain things.
Loser/Moron/Stupid: These are usually said about someone who just debunked one of Trump’s many… many lies. His go-to move whenever someone exposes his b.s. is to quickly go after that person to try to discredit them and try to bully them in any way he possibly can.
Lightweight/Low-ratings/Terrible: Often he uses these words to describe certain media entities that criticize him. Much like “loser/moron/stupid,” he always claims that any media entity which doesn’t cater to him isn’t credible. In his mind, he seems to think ratings matter when it comes to calling out his never-ending list of lies.
Sad!: This is a word you’ll see him put at the end of a lot of tweets — just because. Not that there’s any hidden meaning behind it, but every time I see it I can’t help but laugh because it’s so incredibly childish.
They’re very unfair to me: Trump usually says this when he’s whining about a journalist who’s dared to ask him tough questions, fact checked him or didn’t let one of his surrogates spout off his propaganda during an interview. When he uses “unfair” it’s another way for him to push his “the media is rigged against me” shtick on which he’s founded a large part of his campaign.
Win/Wonderful/Fabulous/Beautiful/Terrific/Huge/Amazing/Fantastic: These are classic con man/salesman words used by individuals trying to scam people by distracting them with an unrealistic sales pitch so they won’t realize they’re being conned. These are also words Trump uses to make himself seem stronger and more successful than he actually is.
Weak/Low Stamina: When he uses these words, what he’s trying to do is mask his own weakness and insecurities by implying that someone else is weak and feeble. He knows those who support him are easily manipulated so if he keeps repeating something over and over again (crooked/little/weak/low stamina) his supporters are sheepish enough to believe it — while never noticing that a lot of the words he uses to describe others are actually describing the type of person he is.
Tough/Strong: He likes to throw these words around to make himself sound like he’s tough and strong — when he’s actually one of the most thin-skinned, insecure human beings I’ve ever witnessed. He’s so unsure of himself that even the slightest bit of criticism often sends him into ridiculous Twitter rants.
Make America great again: Last, but certainly not least, his entire campaign’s slogan. This is textbook simplistic propaganda aimed at appealing to people who feel like they’re losing “their country.” I’ve maintained from the start that this phrase was specifically designed to target white nationalism. At the core of Trump’s campaign is that “we” can’t let “them” take away “our country” and “they” are trying to destroy it and “we” are going to make it “great again.” It’s basically straight out of the handbook of white supremacy and racism.
While there are a few more, these are most of the main ones he uses to distract and manipulate those who are foolish enough to think this babbling buffoon is qualified to be our next president.