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President Trump told four Democratic Congresswomen of color to ‘go back’ to the ‘corrupt’ countries they came from. AP/Carolyn Kaster

The rhetorical trick Trump used on the ‘Squad’ and how it could affect the vote

Difficult to pronounce, synecdoche is the form of rhetoric used by President Trump when he told four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to the “corrupt” countries they came from.
After the Manafort and Cohen news dropped, many wondered how Trump would respond. By the following morning, a messaging strategy seemed to coalesce. Nick Lehr/The Conversation via Reuters and AP Photo

Michael Cohen’s guilty plea? ‘Nothing to see here’

Trump's surrogates have deployed tried and true rhetorical techniques to defend the president.
A political sign in West Virginia reflects the claim that the Obama administration, by developing policies to reduce carbon emission, was waging a campaign against the industry. Vicki Smith/AP Photo

Inside the coal industry’s rhetorical playbook

Scholars of communications pick apart the rhetoric behind the 'war on coal' and explain why it ultimately benefits the coal industry.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the October 9 presidential town hall debate. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Donald Trump and the dangerous rhetoric of portraying people as objects

An expert in political rhetoric singles out Trump's repeated use of reification – the tendency to treat people as things – and the role it's played in his tortured response to the leaked tape.

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