“Yeah, I guess sooooooo, uuuuuuh. I wish the first time it was done correctly.” ~Donald Trump, September 11th, Anniversary.
The Alt-Left is using this as evidence that Donald Trump supported the Iraq War. They are doing so precluding his personal testimony about his own perspective at that time and they are ignoring the Emotional Data that he communicated as he made this comment.
In linguistics, prosody (from Ancient Greek) is concerned with those elements of speech that are not individual phonetic segments (vowels and consonants) but are properties of syllables and larger units of speech. These contribute to linguistic functions such as intonation, tone, stress, and rhythm. Prosody may reflect various features of the speaker or the utterance: the emotional state of the speaker; the form of the utterance (statement, question, or command); the presence of irony or sarcasm; emphasis, contrast, and focus; or other elements of language that may not be encoded by grammar or by choice of vocabulary. (SOURCE)
The amount of hesitation in his voice demonstrates a lack of commitment and he is communicating negative emotions exhibiting a lack of confidence in the position followed immediately by a modification of the original comment that shows he wished the decision would never have to be made in the first place. We know that Donald Trump is Frugal, some would say stingy, but we can all agree on the fact that he doesn’t like to waste money because he is efficient and he would have considered the Iraq war a huge waste of money with little to no return on the investment. To this day he’s against Nation Building and all the money we spent rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure is now forfeit. So we can all see that he was right in more ways than one from the beginning and he only agreed tentatively because of Patriotism and because he didn’t want to contradict the Politicians who were supporting the War who’s campaigns he was contributing to at the time.
It’s not just that though, listen to the pitch, timber, and tone of his voice. You can obviously hear the distress in his voice when he agrees to the war and then the immediate return of confidence and his relaxation when he wishes that it wouldn’t have to be a question in the first place.