The image of your average Tea Bagger Republican being a poorly educated, tobacco chewing, semi-illiterate, bigot is spot on…
With so much talk-time in front of the media, the 2016 presidential candidates are scrutinized for every word they utter, but what happens when grammarians put their supporters under the microscope?
Grammarly, a writing-enhancement website, looked at comments by the hopefuls’ supporters on the candidates’ official Facebook pages to find out who was making the most mistakes and who was making the fewest.
The clear winner was Democratic contender Lincoln Chafee, who’s barely registering at the polls but whose supporters — the small number of them that there are — made just 3.1 mistakes per every 100 words.
The clear loser? Donald Trump.
His supporters registered a whopping average of 12.6 mistakes per 100 words, putting the Republican front-runner dead last among the 19 campaigns.
Democrats fared better overall, with their backers making an average of 4.2 mistakes out of every 100 words. Republicans’ supporters made more than double that with 8.7.
The left was also wordier, spitting out an average of 41.8 words per comment to Republicans’ 32.4.
Grammarian Dems rejoice: They occupied the top five out of 19 spots on the list.
The two women in the race, Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton, went head-to-head at 6.3 mistakes each per 100 words of supporters’ comments. Clinton’s backers had the most errors out of Democrats, and Fiorina’s had the least out of the GOP.
Closely following Trump for the worst records were Rick Santorum (11.5 mistakes per supporters’ 100 words), Marco Rubio (8.8) and Rand Paul (8.4).