President Donald Trump’s week and a half trip abroad was “incredible, historic…because it truly was an extraordinary week.” It was “unprecedented.” “We’ve never seen before at this point in a presidency such sweeping reassurance of American interest,” said press secretary Sean Spicer.
The majority of what Spicer said during his press briefing on May 30 was not only intelligible, but very misleading:
“Incredible graciousness” — Saudi Arabia’s monarchy. “A historic turning point that people will be talking about for many years to come” — his speech in Riyadh. “Right direction” — that’s where Trump moved NATO. “Holistic solution” — that’s what’s in store for ISIS. “Robust agenda” — that’s what Trump has. “Unbelievably qualified” — his Cabinet. “Fairly unbelievable” — his relationship with Angela Merkel.
Spicer’s speaking style rouses supporters by avoiding the mistake of making them think. It is a great example of the type of speech George Orwell wrote about in his appendix to 1984, as duckspeak: intention was to make speech, and especially speech on any subject not ideologically neutral, as nearly as possible independent of consciousness.
Duckspeak is nothing new to Spicer as he showed off his skills while serving as the Republican National Committee communications director and chief strategist.