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Rhetoric is an important art of discourse for any individual who wants to succeed as an orator, to have a political career or even to become a president. This thesis analyzes the choice of words and the rhetoric of Donald Trump, the current president of the United Sates. His rhetoric has received varied response as some look at it as a breath of fresh air from the traditional political rhetoric and others see it as an atrocious approach to the English language. The thesis delves, first, into what rhetoric is and into its history, focusing in particular on one of its most famous representative, Aristotle, and his modes of persuasion. Secondly, Trump’s language mechanism is explored and his most often used rhetorical devices, framing, grammar and syntax, as well as his utilization of the mentality of ‘us vs. them’ notion in his rhetoric. There follows an analytic comparison between Trump’s 2017 inauguration speech and Obama’s 2009 inauguration speech. Additionally, Trump’s populist approach to the English language is explored, demonstrating how his rhetoric affects his base and who his target base is. Lastly, the thesis looks into some data from studies that researched Trump’s articulacy compared to other presidential candidates and former presidents. Trump’s rhetoric has made him one of the most controversial presidents in history. Consequently, many feel that he is dividing the U.S. instead of uniting it as his rhetoric heavily relies on patriotism, isolationism, and anti-immigration.
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