Can past speeches predict what Donald Trump will say tonight?
The unconventional Donald Trump may deliver a few surprises tonight when he gives his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination. It’s hard to predict whether he’ll go off script, but according to excerpts provided by the Trump campaign, he will attempt to unify his party — a trend that appears in every Republican acceptance speech since at least Ronald Reagan’s.
In fact, there are several distinctive trends in word use during acceptance speeches. We selected the top 50 words used by each GOP nominee since 1980, compared and ranked them.
The results reflect shifting priorities and messages. What trends can you find?
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