Republican nominee Donald Trump’s speaking style is “feminine,” according to a report Tuesday by Politico.
“It’s not just a lazy stereotype that men and women speak differently,” the article begins. The writer asserts that while men are more likely to use aggressive words, “women are more likely to use tentative language, and emotion-laden words.”
Politico relies on the research of UC Irvine doctoral candidate Jennifer Jones, which classifies the language of 35 political candidates based on masculine and feminine traits. Jones asserts that Trump’s use of prepositions and articles make what he says feminine.
Candidates with more feminine speaking styles benefit from the perception of being more trustworthy, likable, and warm. Although Trump was the most feminine of the speakers in the study, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie were all rated as having speaking styles more feminine than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Jim Webb led the other side of the scale as the most masculine speaker, followed by former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.
Trump’s speaking style was attacked in March when the Washington Post published a story asserting that Trump’s speaking style was “barely on a 6th grade level.” The average for successful politicians is somewhere from the 6th to 8th grade reading level, according to researchers.
Researchers for the Post story rely solely on the difficulty of key words that the candidates used repeatedly throughout their speeches.
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