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This is pretty funny. Rob Beschizza, "Trump slowed 50%", BoingBoing 4/19/2016:

Everyone sounds drunk or stoned when slowed down 50%, but doing so to Trump reveals that his bizarre, digressive speech patterns are uncannily like a drunk sped up 200%.

So it seems appropriate to try the same trick on some other politicians.

Here's Bernie Sanders, from a segment of this town hall event:

Slowed down by a factor of 2:
Sped up by a factor of 2:
The original:

And Hillary Clinton, from this town hall event:

SLowed down by a factor of 2:
Sped up by a factor of 2:
The original:

And Ted Cruz, from this event:

Slowed down by a factor of 2:
Sped up by a factor of 2:
The original:

And, just to play completely fair, here's the author Rob Beschizza himself:


  1. Gregory Kusnick said,

    April 26, 2016 @ 6:01 pm

    To my ear, Sanders slowed down sounds not so much drunk as weary. Clinton and Cruz mostly just sound older, like geriatric grandparents. Trump is the only one of the four who sounds markedly impaired to me.

  2. Y said,

    April 26, 2016 @ 6:17 pm

    Clinton still sounds precise, just slow. Trump sounds slurred.

  3. Chris C. said,

    April 26, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

    Well, that proves it. We're all just fast-talking drunks.

  4. David L said,

    April 26, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

    Sanders sounds like an old geezer who's had a couple of drinks and is speaking slowly to make sure you don't think he's had a couple of drinks.

  5. Guy said,

    April 26, 2016 @ 6:47 pm

    Once again, Language Log snubs Kasich. Sad!

  6. Vitali R said,

    April 26, 2016 @ 7:47 pm

    Bernie Sanders (sped up by a factor of 2) sounds like Martin Scorsese! (I studied English listening to his commentaries to Taxi Driver – but all mistakes are mine).

  7. Viseguy said,

    April 26, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

    Slowed-down Trump is a perfect union of affect and content.

    Slowed-down Cruz sounds the least intoxicated of them all — which only reinforces the scariness of full-speed Cruz.

    Slowed-down Hillary — well, I hope the Oval Office doesn't have a mini-bar.

  8. Rod Johnson said,

    April 26, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

    Slowed down Hillary reminds me of Diane Rehm.

  9. Jason said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 1:30 am

    Sounds like Trump is doing a George Carlin routine.

  10. Pflaumbaum said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 4:18 am

    The fast versions remind me of this brilliant parody, from the days when we had a ridiculous rule in the UK that the voices of Sinn Fein politicians couldn't be broadcast, so they just used to dub them over with actors.

  11. Vitali R said,

    April 27, 2016 @ 9:39 am

    Bernie Sanders' video is no longer available.

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