"Drunk in the club after covid"

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Kylie Scott lipsyncs a passage from one of our president's recent press events:

The original on tiktok is here.

This is surprisingly convincing given that Donald Trump is known as a teetotaler.

The original, in a slightly wider context:

Most of the research on the linguistic effects of alcohol — e.g. Schiel, Florian, Christian Heinrich, and Veronika Neumeyer. "Rhythm and formant features for automatic alcohol detection." In Eleventh Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. 2010 — focus on phonetic effects, but I think the intoxicated-seeming features in this clip are mainly rhetorical.


  1. Stephan Hurtubise said,

    April 21, 2020 @ 6:51 pm

    Jimmy Kimmel sometimes exaggerates this effect by slowing him down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK3LbVFgyqQ. I suppose this falls more under the phonetic effect umbrella. In combination with his rhetoric, it's delightful.

  2. AntC said,

    April 21, 2020 @ 6:51 pm

    Jimmy Kimmel has a regular 'drunk Donald Trump' slot, where they just slow down the speech a bit.

    Is anybody surprised that Trump's ad-lib speech is indistinguishable from an inebriate?

  3. Twill said,

    April 21, 2020 @ 8:31 pm

    @AntC In fairness, slowing down anyone's speech makes them sound dopey at best and three sheets to the wind, if not worse affected, otherwise. The Trump campaign itself made use of this, as I recall, when they disseminated a slowed down video to fuel accusations about their opponent.

  4. Michèle Sharik Pituley said,

    April 21, 2020 @ 8:52 pm

    Reminds me of this vid of Jonathan Frakes on "Beyond Belief" with audio slowed down.


  5. Nicole Holliday said,

    April 21, 2020 @ 10:40 pm

    @Michele thank you for making me watch that drunk Jonathan Frakes compilation

  6. JPL said,

    April 22, 2020 @ 4:16 am

    Unable to pursue his usual stand-up comedy act at his rallies, he's continuing his performances in the so-called "White House briefing room", so his followers can enjoy at home. And I'm sure he's pleased that his show, "Afternoon comedy in the White House", is getting good ratings. You got to admit, terrible as he is at political leadership, he's at least good for some laughs. I do want to suggest, though, that he could improve his repartee with reporters by looking at some old Don Rickles clips.

  7. RachelP said,

    April 22, 2020 @ 7:56 am

    @AntC @Twill @Michèle Sharik Pituley

    Actually, watching Jonathan Frakes, or indeed almost anybody slowed down, does demostrate- to my ears at least – that there is effect with Trump that is not just the same as it would be for anyone. Trump seems slur in a way others do not.

  8. Bloix said,

    April 22, 2020 @ 10:40 pm

    Early in my legal career I flew with a senior partner somewhere and we caught a cab to our destination. The driver asked us where we'd flown in from and then the airline, and then he started riffing: yeah, there's lots of airlines… so many different ones … why are there so many airlines?… it would be easier if there was only one airline ….
    We got out of the cab and the senior partner exploded, That's the stupidest man I ever met!!!
    I said, Marty, the guy was stoned out of his gourd.
    He said, really? He was on drugs?
    Trump is like that. The guy is so obviously fucked up, and yet the whole country never seems to notice.

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