Palo Alto, CA — A two-year study conducted by the Rundex Family Foundation and sponsored by the center-left Americans for a Brighter Tomorrow has found that President Donald Trump’s tweets are written at or below the 4th Grade level. The research, which examined over 4600 of the President’s tweets going back to 2011, found that Mr. Trump “understands the basic features of reading” and can “select letter patterns” which he seems to be “able to translate into spoken language by using phonics, syllabication, and word
“Well, the data doesn’t lie,” said Rundex lead researcher Robert Colvin from his Mountain View, CA home office. “We examined over 4600 of the President’s tweets, and found him to be a competent late 3rd to middle-year 4th grader. He seems to be able to apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, synonyms, antonyms, and idioms to
determine the meaning of words and phrases, which is squarely in the 4th grade realm. However, he struggles with basic mechanics and complex word patterns, which occasionally puts him in the 3rd grade category.”
The two-year study used both the California and Texas curriculum standards to measure the President’s command of the English language and cost approximately $1.5 million dollar to complete. The 420 page report also concluded that Mr. Trump didn’t seem to improve over time since 2011. In fact, according to Mr. Colvin, his competency has declined year over year.
“That’s the thing. It’s kind of disturbing trend, looking at the data,” continued Mr. Colvin. “I’d say Trump was a solid 6th grader in 2011, but the time 2016 rolls around, he’s around the 4th grade. More recently, it’s fallen into the 3rd grade level. Certainly that whole ‘covfefe’ incident didn’t help.”
On the other hand, loyal Trump supporters quickly dismissed the study as ‘fake news’ and said they really understood what Trump meant.
“I don’t need no egghead college types telling me what President Trump means,” said Greenville, North Carolina truck stop worker Damon Williams. “I means, you know, all you smart people get stuck on his grammar and stuff, be us real Americans know what he is telling us. All the rest of it is just fake news.”
According to Mr. Colvin, more study is needed, and that tweets are just the beginning of understanding the President’s command of the language.
“There’s only so much you can get out of a 140-240 word tweet,” concluded Mr. Colvin, “but then again, we’re not sure the President is capable of sustaining anything longer. We briefly looked at his language patterns during press conferences and stump speeches, and frankly his competency was lower. More study is certainly needed.”