I have been harping for months regarding Trump’s unusual lack of verbal skills.
Not only does he often open his mouth and speak without thinking and without choosing his words wisely, but he often leaves open to question just what he meant by what he said. This leaves his intended meaning open to interpretation and the mainstream media, very predictably, has interpreted his words to either state or imply the very worst possible interpretation.
For someone as accomplished in business as he is I am constantly amazed at his lack of verbal skills, basic verbal skills. His words are very often imprecise and he fails to speak in complete sentences - his thoughts are very often incomplete and he often free-associates into what is sometimes an unrelated topic. This serves to muddle his message, render it incomplete and allows for his opposition to impart meaning to his message never really intended by Trump.
This is exactly why Trump is so often caught up in having to come back the next day to attempt to clean up/explain what he said/meant - often unsuccessfully. This places him constantly on the defensive and, more importantly, changes the focus of the campaign - the focus is taken off of Clinton’s many short comings/record/incompetence/lies and placed on the latest Trump verbal car wreck.
One could reasonably and justifiably point out that the media has gone out of its way to use Trump’s words against him. I would respond to that by saying, well yeah, that’s what the Democrat cheerleaders do. Consequently, that makes it even more important to use some care in the words chosen to express a thought. When you know people want to harm you, you don’t provide them bullets for their guns - unless you are Donald Trump, of course.
Look, it isn’t brain surgery. As we formulate our words we all think about what we’re about to say and how it will be interpreted/received by the individual or group we are communicating with. This evaluative thought, or as one of my Stanford profs called it, “thinking/speaking with a 3rd ear”, takes place very quickly in the normal course of speaking/conversation. Organizing ones thoughts as a means of accurately conveying intended meaning is also an integral part of this process.
Trump’s inability to adequately call upon the routine verbal/speaking skills noted above, coupled with his legendary lack of verbal discipline, makes him a lousy political candidate. He is scuttling his own campaign and delivering the White House to Hillary Clinton in spite of her carrying the heaviest load of negative political baggage in the history of presidential politics.
One final thought. Words have meaning and sometimes consequences, both unintended as well as intended. A president needs to speak with at least some degree of clarity/precision in order to ensure he conveys the meaning intended. Trump has yet to show he is capable of such interpersonal discipline and it is feeding the narrative that he is unfit to be president.
Honestly, he’s 70 years old - I don’t know how he fixes it.