Donald Trump delivering his inaugural address.
Rhetoric can tell us a great deal about a person, or a President. Donald Trump's inaugural address was light (but dark) on metaphors, and full of divisive antitheses.
President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
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An address that's normally a call for unity instead mirrored the rhetoric of his campaign: unfocused, contradictory and divisive.
Reach for that metaphor Donald, reach!
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Imagine, if you will…
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I’ve got the mandate right here and it’s very, very clear.
cogito ergo imago
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he departs a Sept. 13 campaign rally in Clive, Iowa.
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Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 15, 2016.
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Protesters shout outside the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 12, 2016.
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