Here are the ten main reasons:
- Trump talks like a third grader.
- Trump is opinionated.
- Trump talks tough.
- Trump is funny.
- Trump sounds different.
- Trump is combative.
- Trump tells stories.
- Trump does not care.
- Trump brags a lot.
- Trump is having fun.
Trump talks like a third grader
Trump talks so simply that even a third grader can understand him. When the audience sees a billionaire talk like a third grader, he makes the audience feel smarter and connects with them. Most politicians don't do that. Trump talks the same way whether he calls in on different shows on radio or television, gives a speech or sends a tweet. He does not have a filter when he is speaking. People today are just sick and tired of politicians who don't engage in "straight talk."
Trump says things in a way the people are thinking. Laura Ingraham points out that Trump does not speak in paragraphs but his gift of asides and having a conversation with the audience. Trump follows a famous catchphrase that Joan Rivers used to say: "Can we talk?" When he is talking, he does not go into details of what he is going to do but make America great. As far his audience is concerned that is good enough for now and have put him on the top of all the GOP polls.
Trump is everywhere
Trump has taken a playbook right out of the Kardashians. People love celebrity, so the Kardashians turned themselves into a 24/7 celebrity. They are everywhere. Similarly, people want to see a politician like he is a celebrity. Trump is a 24/7 politician. He does that by giving interviews, going on shows and tweeting. Like the Kardashians, he is everywhere.
Trump talks tough
Trump does not sound indecisive whether it comes to building the wall to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border or building the defense. When people talk tough, people start believing you like you have the answers. People want a candidate who speaks with certainty. Trump also uses a very positive slogan in "Make America Great Again."
Trump is funny
Trump makes people laugh. He is a celebrity and knows how to entertain people with his stories and especially humor. According to the blog "Is the key to Trump’s success that his speaking style resembles standup comedy?" Trump's approach is that of a standup comedian, which is unconventional in the political arena. Americans are used to this kind of style from watching late night comedy shows. Today, many Americans get their news from these shows. With Trump they don't have to watch these comedy shows, they get it directly from watching him.
Trump sounds different
Trump uses a language that makes him sound so different from other politicians. Perhaps because he is not a politician, it makes him stand out among a large number of candidates. Another thing that makes him so different is his New York accents. In the New York Times article "How a New York Accent Can Help You Get Ahead" Deborah Tannen, Georgetown linguist, makes an observation that New York accents work well in politics for the following reasons: "New Yorkers usually favor being more direct. We speak over one another, particularly to show our engagement with what our interlocutor is saying. We like to tell long stories. And we don't mind arguing as long as it is not too personal."
Trump is combative
Trump is a very good counter puncher. If he is attacked or feel like he has been unfairly treated, he is not going to take it quietly. He will go to war. Though his verbal attacks often look petty, he is showing that he is a fighter. Since he has no political record, the only tangible way he can show that he is a fighter is through verbal attacks and his favorite tool ---Twitter.
Here are examples of Trump's "tweetacks":
Wacky @glennbeck who always seems to be crying (worse than Boehner) speaks badly of me only because I refuse to do his show--a real nut job!
11:44 AM - 8 Oct 2015
Wow, great news! I hear @EWErickson of Red State was fired like a dog. If you read his tweets, you'll understand why. Just doesn't have IT!
11:57 AM - 8 Oct 2015
"@YoungYoung54: @JeriHyatt @megynkelly @JebBush So true. Jeb Bush is crazy, who cares that he speaks Mexican, this is America, English !!"
10:14 PM - 24 Aug 2015
"@mstanish53: @realDonaldTrump @megynkelly The bimbo back in town . I hope not for long ."
10:02 PM - 24 Aug 2015
Trump tells stories
Trump like telling stories mostly about his campaign, business dealings, and politicians who have come to him for contributions. He also offers his opinions on all kinds of things that would normally derail other politicians such as commenting on the looks of women.
Trump does not care
Trump has everything one can think of so he does not care if he offends people or even lose the race. He comes across as someone who is not willing to hold back. As a result, he has jumped out in the front and has stayed there for several months now. He also said that if his polls numbers drop then he will just go back and tend to his business.
Trump brags a lot
Trump likes to brag about a lot of things. He uses words like "beautiful," "amazing," "great" to describe all the things he favors. In contrast, he uses words like "disaster," "stupid," and "loser" for all things he opposes. Many people like the world depicted in black and white.
Trump is having fun
Trump knows how to have fun. He tweets like a teenager. He insults like a teenager. He complains like a baby. He brags like an immature person. Trump may not be an organized speaker; he may not be a polished speaker; he may not be a flashy speaker. But one thing he is not is boring. His unpredictability is his greatest strength. You never know what he is going to say and what noises he is going to make. Many people find this behavior obnoxious, but he is having a lot of fun since he needs to be seen and heard. He probably has never had so much fun in his life. People are attracted to someone who enjoys what he is doing.
It is still too early to tell whether he will continue to do well, but one thing is certain he has made following politics interesting. As we have moved from summer to fall, are we entering the "Fall of Trump" or Trump fall?