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The Translators – Interpreting Donald Trump: The Daily Show


President Trump is in France
celebrating Bastille Day with French President
Emmanuel Macron, who declared war on Trump by making him go to a museum
with him. And President Trump retaliated by hitting on
the French First Lady in full view of everyone. Something happened with
President Trump, comments he made
that have now been posted on the Facebook page, I’m told,
of President Macron. Let’s listen. Donald J. Trump
does not give a (bleep). (laughter) In front of his own wife. He’s like, “Damn, girl. You want some of this baguette?” Like, I spent
the whole afternoon, I spent the entire afternoon trying to figure out
how in that moment Macron didn’t punch Trump
right there. But, then, no, no, but then I
realized, I realized something. Whenever Trump is overseas,
the one advantage he has is that people aren’t hearing
him in his native tongue. Yeah. No, think about it.
Think about it, because everything he says has to be interpreted
by a translator, So maybe today when Trump said, (mimics Trump)’
“You’re in great shape,” (normal voice):
the translator said, (with French accent):
“He says you look well.” (normal voice):
Right? That could happen. Whereas if I were
the translator, I would have been like,
“Yo, my dude wants to smash.” Which is more accurate. It’s way more accurate. You see,
translating Donald Trump is a real challenge, as our very own
Desi Lydic reports. LYDIC: America hears Trump
in English. I know words,
I have the best words. LYDIC:
Well, sort of. But the rest of the world
doesn’t hear Trump. (translators speaking in
foreign language) LYDIC:
The rest of the world hears… The Translators. We assembled five translators
from all over the world to hear their experiences when
it comes to translating Trump. Of all the people
you’ve had to translate, where does President Trump fall? He’s probably the worst
that I’ve ever translated. Trump is incoherent. And he changes his mind
in the middle of a sentence. Sometimes his message
is not quite grammatical and seems a little bit
uneducated. I would say it’s not
particularly difficult to translate Trump. All right, get the (bleep)
out of here. Get this guy out of here. Russian Kramer aside,
how does one translate Trump with all these obstacles? Sometimes I lie. -You lie?
-I-I have to. No, no, no, no, no,
but you can’t do that, you can’t do that, because,
see, we are counting on you to translate
President Trump accurately to the rest of the world. Okay. I am accurate
97% of the time. -97%, you translate Trump
correctly. -Yeah. Yeah. But the three percent… Three percent
you have to fake it. -Three percent of the time you
have to fake it. -To make sense. Otherwise you’re gonna
look like an idiot yourself. It makes us sound stupid. Bing, bing, bong, bong,
bing, bing, bing. How would you translate that? Bing, bing, bong, bong. Interesting. Okay, maybe
that was a softball. But how about
this memorable quote? Total and complete shutdown of Muslims
entering the United States until our country’s
representatives -can figure out…
-(crowd cheering, applauding) -…what the hell is going on.
-What the hell’s going on. Uh, there’s no equivalent
to “what the hell’s going on” in Arabic. That’s unfortunate, ’cause it… that would be a widely-used
turn of phrase. That’s one of the main issues. Trump’s special vocabulary doesn’t always exist
in other languages. -TRUMP: You can do anything.
-BILLY BUSH: Whatever you want. TRUMP:
Grab ’em by the pussy. How would you translate
“grab ’em by the pussy”? I would say… (speaks Japanese) Meaning that “women can… let me do anything.” That’s very, very different,
’cause it could mean “women let me do anything. Like, treat them like a queen.” As opposed to “I can
grab ’em by the pussy.” -Mm.
-You know? Unfortunately, it does not
project the same way. Is there a Japanese word
for “pussy”? Not in the exact sense
of the word. Is there a Japanese word for… this? Sure, that’s…
(speaks Japanese) No, that’s no gonna work. That’s
too cute, that’s too cute. Okay, how about this? Tacos. We just say “tacos.” Okay, I’m getting a real sense
of a language barrier here. Is there a Japanese word
for this? Roast beef? Kind of. -Beef curtains.
-Beef curtains. Mm-hmm. (speaks Japanese) Try that. We will build the wall. And Mexico is going
to pay for the wall. (speaks Spanish) Okay, that is… No,
there is warmness in your eyes, you’re smiling–
that is not the way he said it. You have to do it
like he does it. People at home are gonna
think he’s joking. People have a… sensitivity, so you don’t want to offend them more than he already has,
you know? No, you got to give ’em
the Trump. Who’s gonna pay for the wall? No Mexico. Yeah, no, I know
Mexico’s not gonna pay… But Trump believes that Mexico’s
gonna pay for the wall, so if you’re gonna
translate him, you have to believe it, too. Who’s gonna pay for the wall? Nobody’s gonna pay
for that wall in Mexico. No, no, no. What is wrong
with these translators? No one is capturing
the true Trump. It’s not just his words.
There’s something more. The poor guy–
you got to see this guy. “Oh, I don’t know what I said, uh, I don’t remember!” He’s going like,
“I don’t remember! I don… Maybe that’s what I said!” Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. I think you
kind of got the gist of that. I’m Trump for the moment, while I am interpreting
his words. This beautiful mime was right. That’s what these translators
were missing. They needed to embody Trump–
his tone, his mannerisms, his sexism–
the whole package. And down with the dumb face. -Uh…
-Uh… Grab ’em by the pussy!
Grab ’em by the pussy! Sad. Sad. -(speaks Spanish)
-Sad. After a grueling
seven minutes of training, these translators were ready. With cojones. LYDIC: There you go.
Muy bien. LYDIC: Nailed it. LYDIC: Oh, my God.
Oh, my God. Okay, that’s… that’s good. Thank you. Thank you.
You can cut. -Thank you, Desi.
-(cheering, applause)

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