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A blunt, fearful rant: Trump's UN speech left presidential norms in the dust | The Guardian
> With Tuesday’s address, however, Trump punched yawning holes in his own would-be doctrine, singling out enemies, expressing horror at their treatment of their people and threatening interference to the point of annihilation.
trump  rhetoric  politics  rhetorical_situation 
yesterday by mcmorgan
Hurricane Harvey Exposes Trump's Empathy Deficit - The Atlantic
A shot at the rhetorical situation, but a miss. The Atlantic does rhetorical analysis.
rhetoric  politics  rhetorical_situation 
23 days ago by mcmorgan
The Week When President Trump Resigned - The New York Times
Once more into the rhetorical situation - how Trump deals with the social demand for speech.

> On Tuesday he “relinquished what presidents from Roosevelt to Reagan have regarded as a cardinal duty of their job: set a moral course to unify the nation,” wrote The Times’s Mark Landler, in what was correctly labeled a news analysis and not an opinion column. Landler’s assessment, echoed by countless others, was as unassailable as it was haunting, and it was prompted in part by Trump’s perverse response to a question that it’s hard to imagine another president being asked: Did he place the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., on the same “moral plane” as those who showed up to push back at them?

> A soft coup against a cuckoo: It confirmed how impotent Trump had become.
trump  politics  rhetoric  rhetorical_situation 
4 weeks ago by mcmorgan
President Trump must go - The Washington Post
Significant because it doesn’t call for Trump's resignation.
rhetorical_situation  politics  trump 
5 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Why is Trump reluctant to condemn white supremacy? It’s his racism — and his megalomania. - The Washington Post
More consideration of the rhetorical situation of Trump's Many Sides statement.

> There is a reason we generally want our presidents to speak out against racism against African Americans amid outbreaks of racial strife and violence. They are well positioned to remind the nation of our founding creed, and of our most conspicuous betrayal of it — of the historically unique experience of African Americans as targets of centuries of violent subjugation, as well as sustained domestic terrorism and deeply ingrained racism, which continues today.
rhetoric  trump  rhetorical_situation 
5 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Donald Trump under fire after failing to denounce Virginia white supremacists
This account makes it clear that Trump mis-used the rhetorical moment. Didn't just miss the opportunity to condemn white supremacists but used it to normalize racism. This is not a rhetorically innocent move.

> The president said he condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” on Saturday. He then repeated the phrase “on many sides” for emphasis. A White House spokesperson later amplified the president’s remarks, telling the Guardian: “The president was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protesters and counter-protesters today.”

> But there was strong reaction to Trump’s refusal to denounce far-right extremists who had marched through the streets carrying flaming torches, screaming racial epithets and setting upon their opponents.
politics  rhetoric  trump  efficacy  rhetorical_situation 
5 weeks ago by mcmorgan

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