Theodore Geisel, who achieved immortality as Dr. Seuss, once accepted a challenge from his editor, Bennet Cerf, to write a book using only 50 different words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, one of his greatest hits. I am very sensitive to language, perhaps because I have spent my life writing. A rich, complex vocabulary properly deployed is one evidence of a strong mind endowed with a wealth of knowledge. As I was watching portions of Trump’s press conference yesterday, despite being made physically ill by the man, I somewhat reflexively noticed the extraordinary paucity of his linguistic resources. Even when he is talking about something he has prepared himself on, he seems utterly unable to use more than the most primitive vocabulary, inaccurately and banally. Since he is no Dr. Seuss, the result is somewhat like a man trying to play the violin while wearing mittens. The ghost writer who actually wrote Trump’s most successful book, The Art of the Deal, said he thought Trump had never read an entire book straight through. Ignorance and stupidity are of course not disqualifiers for the Presidency – heaven forbid! But I find it striking how flat and empty the man’s mind is.