Ever wondered what Donald Trump's views would sound like if they were articulated by someone with a quintessentially English accent? Someone like Sir Patrick Stewart, say, or Benedict Cumberbatch? Well now you can find out. English actor/writer/comedian Peter Serafinowicz has uploaded a clip of Donald Trump laying into Hillary Clinton on Fox News, but he's dubbed over Trump's trademark voice with a posh accent to create "Sophisticated Trump." I don't know about you, but I think Sophisticated Trump would create a pretty convincing Bond villain. You can view the original interview here. Via Mashable.
From a linguistic point of view, it's intriguing to speculate to what extent a person's accent, intonation and delivery influences those who are listening to them. If Trump really spoke like a Shakespearian actor, would he be more or less popular? He certainly sounds more reasonable, but that's not really why he became popular in the first place. It's also interesting to note how inarticulate Trump's words appear when you actually see them written down.
I think I'll win the Hispanics. I employ thousands of Hispanics. They love me, I love them, and I think I'm gonna do great with women. And one of the reasons I'm gonna do great with women is that I'm a leader. I'm not like Hillary Clinton. She's got no strength. She's got no stamina. Everything she does is, like, theatrical. "Oh, Donald Trump said this." He actually ... it's sort of interesting ... she said, I watched her last night, "Donald Trump", looks like she practices in front of a mirror for two hours, "Donald Trump said ... I think he's dangerous." I'm dangerous? She's the one that caused all this problem with her stupid policies. You look at what she did with Libya. What she did with Syria. Look at Egypt, what happened with Egypt. A total mess. They don't back ... we don't back any of our allies. You look ... she was truly, if not the, one of the worst Secretary of States in the history of the country.
• What would happen if Trump was an upper class English aristocrat? (MailOnline)
• Sophisticated Trump 2 - Interview with Barbara Walters (YouTube)