I found an example of President Trump telling the truth albeit inadvertently and with the benefit of a grammatical error. Don’t believe me, let’s explore.
The biggest political news last week was a continuation of Russiagate contained further compelling evidence that Trump conspired with the Russians, among other times, during the 2016 campaign. Those who still believe this is all a witch hunt are suffering from a severe bout of willful ignorance.
On January 11, 2017 Trump tweeted; “I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING.” In English – a language the French President Emmanuel Macron speaks better than the current occupant of the White House – double negatives are considered improper grammar. They are often used by people whose language skills are less than stable genius level. That accurately describes Trump and most of his base. The reasoning is that the second negative negates the first negative effectively making the statement a positive one. Confused? If so, join the club and that is the reason we don’t use double negatives in the English language. When using a double negative you literally change the meaning of what you intended to communicate.
Now I go back to the phrase “NO NOTHING”. No nothing literally means something; since it is now proven that Trump had various dealings with the Russians it means he inadvertently told the truth. In the other three phrases of the tweet he lied. He had things to do with Russia, deals certainly have existed and with any broad interpretation of the word “loans” denying them is an outright lie.
Today’s is a short article; after all it deals with Trump (a/k/a Individual 1) telling the truth.
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I’m reminded of all the times Donald Rumsfeld (and others) used the wording “there’s no question but that…” That means there IS a question. But my favorite is a line from an Elvis song (“One Night”) which contains two double negatives and a tense change in the space of six words: :”I ain’t never did no wrong.” Have a happy Sunday.
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