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Demagoguery: Why Liberal Mobs are Easier to talk about than Soybeans and Trade Wars

While right-wing talk show hosts and conspiracy peddlers like Alex Jones have claimed for some time that liberals are deranged and violent, the claim is now pouring out of the lips of a wider range of conservative media figures. Tomi Lahren recently claimed the average citizen who supports Trump is in danger. Laura Ingraham warned viewers about “marauding Read more

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A Rhetorical Analysis of Trump’s Man on Campus and his Audiences

You are likely familiar with the presidential address genre of the Trump rally. As seen on TV, this presidential act is new and Trump is the central star in the show. He leads chants, he calls out and/or mocks Democrats, people cheer at cringe-worthy moments, and his supporters love the “fight” he embodies.

What you may not be familiar with … Read more

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Daily Rhetrick: October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

Why My Freedom is Better Than Your Freedom

This exchange on Twitter last week offers a keen insight into the way freedom is double-spoken on the right wing.

 

 

Slippery slopes aren’t always fallacious, so we’ll set that aside. We’ll also not dwell on the red herring that automatic voter registration in no way compels voting.

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Daily Rhetrick: October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

INTENSIFYING THE FLOATING SIGNIFIER

Yesterday at noon in the White House, surrounding by Jim Brown, Monique Brown, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and a crowd of reporters and camera people, Kanye West spoke for ten minutes straight, a monologue patched together with passages such as this:

“I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was connected with a neuropsychologist … Read more

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Daily Rhetrick: October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018

UNACKNOWLEDGED PROJECTION

I can’t quote it exactly, but one of La Rouchefoucauld’s maxims goes something like this: The faults we see most readily in others are our own.

Today that personal dynamic is called projection. Projection is the unconscious psychological coping mechanism that foists off on others one’s own undesirable internal feelings. Yesterday in an articleRead more

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Paid Protestors and Angry Mobs: Does a Double-Dose of Doublespeak Count as Quadruple-Speak?

About the “angry mob” of “paid protestors” “assaulting” GOP senators over their vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh….

Others have made two points I was planning to make about the “paid protestor” nonsense. Paul Waldman, in the Oct 9 Washington Post, mentions both of them at least in passing: (1) the GOP invokes the conspiracy, especially the connection to George … Read more