(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
(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?
(Woman)How many leases like this have you reviewed
in your career?
(Trump)Signed, or 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