And in terms of Kamala and her extemporaneous speaking, Kamala is still loading up her clumsy word salads with “in terms of.”
On Friday, Kamala was in Pittsburgh to talk about “investments” to replace lead pipes. And before the “conversation” on “investments” began, she delivered a brief 324-word opening statement. And in those 324-words, Kamala used her favorite phrase five times.
In this case, in terms of Kamala, it’s better to have the visual:
Even in terms of Kamala, that’s a lot of “in terms of” for remarks that brief.
And then there was Kamala’s actual address in Pittsburgh. Throughout her speech, Kamala used her favorite phrase six times, with half of them coming in the same paragraph:
“And so, again, that highlights the importance of what’s happening here in Pittsburgh, which it is not only about addressing the issue IN TERMS OF amelioration and mitigation, but addressing the issue IN TERMS OF doing the first step, which is public education about the seriousness of the issue and the need, then, to address the harm that the issue creates. And to do that, what we must do as government and together, collectively, to allow homeowners to become aware if their paint contains lead or their pipes are flowing with lead, IN TERMS OF the water that then goes into their home.”
Read that out loud to yourself. Even leaving aside the repeated use of “in terms of,” this is incomprehensible gibberish.
“to allow homeowners to become aware.” Is somebody trying to prevent homeowners from becoming aware? Do homeowners really need the government to “allow them to become aware?”
But the first part made me laugh out loud. Not only does Kamala use her favorite phrase twice in the first sentence, she uses another phrase four times in that same sentence:
“which it is not only about addressing THE ISSUE in terms of amelioration and mitigation, but addressing THE ISSUE in terms of doing the first step, which is public education about the seriousness of THE ISSUE and the need, then, to address the harm that THE ISSUE creates.”
Sweet merciful Zeus. This woman is repetitive and redundant.
That’s a verbal tic Kamala has suffered from for years, as I pointed out in my 2019 column “Word Salad Kamala.”
As I have said before, in terms of Kamala and her issue, in terms of public speaking, every time she opens her mouth, she sounds like a fourth-grader giving an oral book report on a book she didn’t read.
And this isn’t an issue that is going to improve in terms of the passage of time. No matter how significant the passage of time may be.
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