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Why American voters were primed for a president who talks like Trump

When in the grips of oratorical passion, President Barack Obama liked to paraphrase the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about the "long arc of history" bending toward justice.

But when it comes to the oratory of American politicians, history's long arc is bending away from such lofty rhetorical flourishes. New research finds that the punch-and-jab style of President Donald Trump's public speech - pugnaciously declarative, larded with personal pronouns, and light on the kinds of phrases that soften a claim or elevate an idea - appears to be just where presidential discourse is headed.

The sweeping linguistic analysis of American leaders suggests far from being an aberration, Trump's style of communication - called "intuitive" because it closely resembles ordinary conversational speech - is the most recent exemplar of a trend that goes back to the early 1900s.

For more than a century,

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