Translators around the world unanimously agreed that the acceptance speech Donald John Trump gave in the Republican National Convention to formally accept the role of the Republican Presidential Nominee was a really good translation of the original.
“They did a great job,” said translator Fernando Abdul, a Mexican from a middle Eastern descent who translates books of famous authors for a living. Abdul was not asked to participate in the translation for Trump’s speech, because he only spoke Spanish and Arabic in addition to English, and because of what the Trump Campaign called ‘other reasons’.
To fully appreciate the accomplishment of the translators, one has to compare the translated version to the original speech delivered in 1939, both in terms of accuracy, as well as in spirit and historical context, so the well-struck balance between the two can be appreciated.
The Trump Campaign, which believes strongly in re-use of already delivered speeches, as his wife Melania Trump demonstrated during the Republican Convention, admitted that the work was not done by a single translator, and that it took significant initial planning. First, the exact modifications needed to the original speech had been discussed in detail, so the speech matched the present decade and occasion. Then, an entire team of translators worked together to deliver what they called ‘The Final Solution’.
The tagline of the original speech, “Deutschland Uber Alles,” had been initially translated from its original German to the almost literal “America First.” This version was, however, discarded later for the intentionally longer tagline “Make America Great Again,” because of Trump’s own insistence on longer and larger sized campaign slogans.
The result of the well-done translation was the well-balanced and well-executed speech Trump delivered in the Republican National Convention, which had successfully convinced Trump supporters that if America has to follow the footsteps of pre-war Germany, there is only one candidate they should be voting for.
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