Why Donald Trump says “the” before “African Americans” and “Latinos”

A linguist calls it “the key to othering.”

Linguistics explains why Trump sounds racist when he says “the” African Americans

One of the littlest words in the English language gives the biggest clue about where Donald Trump’s head is at: his use of the word “the.” In the second US presidential debate on Oct. 9, Trump promised, “I’m going to help the African-Americans. I’m going to help the Latinos, Hispanics.

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