Trump’s Rhetoric Escalates Into Dangerous Territory
We begin with Trump’s rhetoric escalating from infantile incoherence to irresponsible insurrection as he called upon his gun-toting MAGA-hatted followers to LIBERATE Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia, all key swing states with Democratic governors. Joining us is Jennifer Mercieca, a professor in the Department of Communications at Texas A&M University who teaches courses on Political Communication and Presidential Rhetoric whose forthcoming book is, “Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump“. We discuss the increasingly desperate superlatives of self-aggrandizement in Trump’s daily briefings as he congratulates himself for the greatest handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the world, claiming foreign leaders are in awe of his amazing achievements when in fact the U.S. has by far the world’s highest number of cases and deaths. And while these absurd ramblings by a clearly mentally ill man who has degenerated from a Reality TV pitchman to a create-his-own reality demagogue, go largely unchallenged by the White House press corps, there are real world consequences. Trump is dangerously dividing America in order to win reelection by stoking political anger and is pushing the country into a partisan incivility not unlike the disunion before the Civil War.