The reading levels of American presidential speeches have been on a steady decline since the 1920’s. The answer has less to do with the president and more to do with who they are speaking to.

Further reading:

1: The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/10/have-presidential-speeches-gotten-less-sophisticated-over-time/381410/

2: Readability Formula
https://readabilityformulas.com/freetests/six-readability-formulas.php

3: Towards Data Science
https://towardsdatascience.com/a-quick-dip-in-presidential-rhetoric-or-a-permanent-plunge-fda7f3cc2625

4: Brown University
http://brownpoliticalreview.org/2016/02/frankly-speaking-the-simplifying-rhetoric-of-american-presidents/

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