AboutTrump.org (and Biden)

A free searchable database containing over 42,000 curated and sourced quotes by and about the 2020 presidential election candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

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On Jan. 20, 2021, Donald Trump’s presidency ended and Joe Biden became president. As of that date, this site contained over 42,000 sourced comments and quotes, with an estimated 92.4% by or about Trump, compared to 7.6% by or about Biden (see methodology).

This site is no longer being updated daily, but we may occasionally add quotes relating to Trump or Biden that seem relevant to the context of the Trump presidency.

1/31/2019

TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump has long been faulted for his use of English, with the Flesch-Kincaid readability test once scoring the president at a fourth-grade level. Despite all the criticism, however, it’s hard to deny his success in communicating to a strong base of supporters, who seem to stick with him no matter what. On Tuesday [2-5-19], the president will give his second State of the Union address. He’ll command the attention of both Congress and a television audience of millions, even though delivering scripted speeches has often proved to be his least effective way of communicating. And while all presidents have varied success with scripted and unscripted remarks, Trump has found a third, more consistently reliable means: Twitter. We talked to two language experts to find out the strategy behind these different forms of communication and how they can affect those listening. According to Ott’s analysis, when Trump is speaking for himself, he targets 38-48 percent of the American people, his core supporters. That might suffice for a president with a persistently low approval rating: Gallup released its January 2019 poll amid the longest government shutdown in history, and Trump’s approval rating was 37 percent — his lowest was 35 percent in December 2017. With the State of the Union and other scripted addresses, however, his challenge is to moderate his speech and go after a wider audience.”

Mary Newman, “Trump: Unscripted vs. scripted,” Politico, January 31, 2019 3:31 pm