Why is Donald Trump such a divisive figure? Why do some people hate him? And why,, conversely, do some people love him? No other presiident in recent history seems to have attracted a similar reception.
My answer, for a long time, has been that he comes from the wrong side of town. He was born and raised in Queens. NY, and that was the wrong side of town. And that’s perhaps because in many ciiies the prevailing wind blows from west to east, which meant that all the smoke from city chimneys blew eastward, making the eastern quarter smokier than the western quarter, and a less desirable place to live. West London boroughs like Knightsbridge and Chelsea are far more desirable places to live than eastern districts like Stepney or Shoreditch. And the same is probably true of New York City, and many other cities too.
So it’s perhaps pure snobbery that makes some people regard Donald Trump with contempt. He comes from the wrong side of town, and he speaks with the wrong accent.
Though he grew up in privilege, eventually attending college at Wharton, Trump never shed his Queens accent.
Julius Caesar lived in a family home in the Suburra district until, in 63 BC, he was elected pontifex maximus at the age of 37,
He became known for his exceptional oratory accompanied by impassioned gestures and a high-pitched voice
So most likely Caesar had a Subura accent just like Donald Trump has a Queens accent. And maybe much of his oratorical success was because any Roman listening to him knew from his voice that he was one of the Populares, and not one of the arrogant Optimates from Palatium. And Julius Caesar was as much hated as Donald Trump, and was also eventually murdered.
Did Napoleon Bonaparte have a Corsican accent? And Alexander a Macedonian accent?
Perhaps these small things matter more than anything else. Perhaps people’s accents matter more than what they actually say? If Trump had a Texan accent, it would have been a different story?
I liked Trump. To me he just had an American accent. I’m not able to tell different regional American accents apart, like I can with \british accents, So I only heard the content of what he had to say. But other people were picking up a lot more information from the way he said it. I suspect that Never-Trumpers are people who made up their minds about him after hearing him speak a single sentence, and they were judging the accent, not the content: Trump was from the wrong side of town.