Nikki Haley is the latest American female politician to shift her language, depending on whom she is talking to and where. But this tactic has a flip side, prompting criticism of her as inconsistent.
Moms for Liberty, founded in 2021 and now boasting 120,000 members, could ride its conservative, limited-government message to a position of strong influence in the GOP.
By focusing on the disruption caused by Just Stop Oil, politicians avoid having to talk about the substance of their argument.
For the Italian president, the region is where his nation’s constitution was born.
What started as a short military operation will now take years and years. Changing its tune is all in a day’s work for the Kremlin.
Perhaps the combination of religious rhetoric and secular laws is a winning electoral strategy.
Language can provoke violence between groups especially when people paint others as threats.
Supporters and volunteers love them. But it’s difficult for political scientists to determine whether they even influence the outcome of elections, since no two campaigns or election cycles are alike.
As he exits Number 10, an expert on political rhetoric looks back on the quotes that best illustrate Johnson’s premiership.
The US grows hardly any tropical fruit. So why are politicians and political commentators saying the country is at risk of devolving into a banana republic?
History brought Ukraine’s plight home to people around the world, and helped mobilize political and military support against the Russian invasion.
In a speech that touched on America’s darkest days and most inspirational leaders, Ukraine’s embattled president made a powerful call for stronger action on Russia.
Nkrumah’s rhetorical vision used the politics of the crowd to build a postcolonial community outside of the conscripts of colonialism.
Ancient Athenians and Romans also let shared mass tragedies propel justifications for going to war – even when it wasn’t clear what that violence would solve.
Empty chambers and cancelled conferences deny the public a vital feedback loop when politicians are presenting their ideas.
The president’s language sounded less presidential and more inflammatory in the weeks leading up to the riots.
The messianic language used in relationship to Donald Trump and QAnon conspiracy theories have their roots in Christian expectations of messianic deliverance.
Because dramatic tension fuels attention, Trump’s words work to generate tension, anxiety and conflict. We need to react with civility, care and calm to undo the cycle of attention and persuasion.
A politician who wields a comeback with skill can use it as both a bludgeon and a shield, damaging the opponent without hurting their own popularity with voters.
My research shows that when politicians use hate speech, it’s not just empty rhetoric or political theater: Domestic terrorism increases, in the US and in other countries.