Magazine February 20, 2017, Issue

Voice of America

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Warren, Mich., March 4, 2016. (Reuters photo: Carlos Barria)
What accent would you vote for?

My colleague Reihan Salam, who either in spite of or because of his Arabic name is as deep-dipped a modern Brooklyn man as you might hope to meet, describes Donald J. Trump’s Queens-accented voice as “comforting.” Rick Brookhiser has called the presidential accent “funky.” To my West Texas ear, it sounds a great deal like the hateful and grating voice of Senator Bernie Sanders, who in theory represents Vermont but in fact represents Brooklyn, especially the nuttier parts.

Trump and Sanders not only talk alike when it comes to things such as international trade (bad!), Wall Street (bad!), and immigration (a

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