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Donald Trump Demagogue Language

“His entire campaign is run like a demagogue’s — his language of division, his cult of personality, his manner of categorizing and maligning people with a broad brush,” said Jennifer Mercieca, an expert in American political discourse at Texas A&M University. “If you’re an illegal immigrant, you’re a loser. If you’re captured in war, like John McCain, you’re a loser. If you have a disability, you’re a loser. It’s rhetoric like Wallace’s — it’s not a kind or generous rhetoric.”

“And then there are the winners, most especially himself, with his repeated references to his wealth and success and intelligence,” said Ms. Mercieca, noting a particular remark of Mr. Trump’s on Monday in Macon, Ga. (“When you’re really smart, when you’re really, really smart like I am — it’s true, it’s true, it’s always been true, it’s always been true.”)

“Part of his argument is that if you believe in American exceptionalism, you should vote for me,” Ms. Mercieca said.

Historically, demagogues have flourished when they tapped into the grievances of citizens and then identified and maligned outside foes, as McCarthy did with attacking Communists, Wallace with pro-integration northerners and Mr. Buchanan with cultural liberals. These politicians used emotional language — be it “segregation forever” or accusatory questions over the Communist Party — to persuade Americans to pin their anxieties about national security, jobs, racial diversity and social trends on enemy forces.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/us/politics/95000-words-many-of-them-ominous-from-donald-trumps-tongue.html?emc=edit_th_20151206&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68143430&_r=0

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Comments on: "Demagogue Language from Trump" (1)

  1. Lisa Cabrera said:

    I do not agree with those crazy statements regarding Mr Trump. I’m saddened by the stupidity of my fellow Americans. Wake up and see what’s in front of your nose. Your just worried someone smart, intelligent and capable will run this country and see that we are safe. Right now we are not safe. We all see this differently and this is my way. National security is our biggest concern. Some groups of humans want to wipe us off the face of this earth. And this doesn’t concern you? The fact that our borders are wide open for all, doesn’t concern you? My husband is illegal just for your information he came illegally from Mexico. Not hard to do. Trump 2016!

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