The Translators – Interpreting Donald Trump: The Daily Show

Posted By on November 13, 2019

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)

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 100 comments

  1. They should just say the best way they can .to explain for what the words mean .no matter how fucken stupid it sounds .translaters are looking out for them selfs .so stupid all of it .

  2. 3:37 Syrian interpreter "there is no equivalent to what the hell is going on in Arabic"
    * I hate to break it to you but Arab land is literally hell!

  3. He didn't want to smash her, he was being patronizing! What he really meant was "you're in good shape [for a lady your age]"

  4. Maybe all the world should be grateful to these translators softening interpretations. Otherwise the leaders of other countries might get seriously offended, and start tariff wars.

  5. Macron could have come around with a haymaker left hook that would have put him to sleep for 6 months. Now that would be so delightful.

  6. TRUMP overseas, must bbe televised so we can know what Trump is saying. TRUMP translators need not to fix, the idiots of our president. They say what Trump is saying. Translator tryung to stop making him looking dumb. We need the world ri know tje trouble they will be in. America finally understanding the harm rhar Trump has brought to their family.

  7. Maaaan, why aren't full episodes available in Russia??? I want to smile, at least once!!! C'MON, why be so cruel?

  8. This is hilarious! Love your show …Just a small side note, though: Those people aren't translators but interpreters. Translators translate the written word, interpreters translate orally.

  9. Rewatching this in 2019 & that damn translator was right. No-one in Mexico is paying for Trump wall. US taxpayers got suckered.

  10. probably more than half of us europeans is fluent in english or at the very least understand it. we do indeed hear Trump in english πŸ™‚

  11. Donald Trump aleman 😬 ?HitlerπŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ˆπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

  12. People in the comments saying that the rest of the world doesn’t get the real trump. Guys English is a international language so most of the world does actually see and hear the true asshole trump. However I guess there are a few people that think trump is smart and is educated

  13. Can u imagine how fucking boss the French president whould have been if he punched trump. The french president wife whould give her husband the time of his life that night.

  14. One of these Trump lovers says he speaks like a fifth grader on purpose……… give me a f**** break what have you been smoking ?

  15. A guy who can't speak English himself demands others should learn it before they come to the US. How thoughtful indeed.

  16. So an american woman tries to educate professionals on how to do their job. As if working around phrases that don't exist in the other languguage were not the bread and butter of translators.
    Also Americans think the French president and first lady do not speak English. Or the rest of the world. As if a huge amount of younger people everywhere did not speak english as their second language.

  17. An Indian would have no problem as well. Trump's English is at par with the English spoken by a 3rd grader in India.

  18. This is a real issue in Japan. Just like the Japanese translator said, it’s hard to translate the incoherent bs that comes out of Trump’s mouth, and therefore many Japanese people aren’t fully grasping the pure idiocy of the President and his administration. Combine that and his bromance with Japanese PM Abe, and some people look up to Trump or hope he will solve the North Korea issue for Japan, when in fact he won’t do a damn thing. What the Japanese media needs to do is to not hold back when translating the words coming out of that man’s pie hole, and show him for what he is.

  19. Can a guy just say "hey, you look good" in today's time without Feminist Screaming Sexual Harassment! I guess women are getting plastic surgery and butt injection just to have a butt that can sit for days and a face that can pass mentalist by not feeling anything. Ohhh shit!!! Best SpyMovie Plot Ever!!! " k, so a Ugly Female get's a body and face upgrade, than we hide all the spy gadgets in the " Ultra Realistic BUTT".

  20. Trump is flat out freaking creepy. Telling Mrs Macron what good shape she's in. In front of Melania and Macron. Like his flattery is worth anything. He's the racist, sexist granpa out on leave from a rest home visiting family at Christmas. And they want to return him. He's revolting. Poor translaters.

  21. There is a Japanese word for pussy. A rather nasty one. The Japanese interpreter (NOT translator) was just too embarrassed and polite to say it. If the Japanese heard it they would truly think Trump is so low class.

  22. This is a funny segment, but it’s unfortunately very true. Translators don’t even come close to capturing the insanity of this president and so the rest of the world doesn’t get the full picture. By training, the translators often have to be diplomatic even when translating a madman.

  23. Hey i know 99% of the Americans cant find their own country on the map. but here in Europe we speak English.
    (well except in France but they to arrogant to speak anything else)

  24. OMG πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ this segment needs to return again in an up to date version covering the impeachment. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ side note: never before had I heard of roast beef curtains! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  25. I'm from Southern Cameroon(West Africa) and a lover of languages. Thanks to the Mexican translator, I now know that "sad" in Spanish is "triste" which is almost the same as in French where "sad" is "trist" (maybe with the E in the end too.Not sure).

  26. this is a great video but it keeps calling interpreters "translators" and thats not accurate. Interpreters are there for oral/signed communication and translators work with written communication.

  27. The nauseating scenario at 5:46 pinged a memory of someone with a fate such as George Wallace, or Larry Flynt. How about a Trump impersonation of Jim Brady, assistant to Ronald Reagan? Bet that'd be a real gut-buster. He should be sentenced to a 24-hour community service in a facility for the developmentally disabled and spring onto stage at a rally with his story about certain patients for the opening act…… one thing not good about such a thing is the entire arena would be ROFLTA'sO, his "MAGA Choir" behind him in stitches……. then again that's sounding kinda enticing.


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