Donald Trump and the power of demagoguery

“Democracy will be a farce unless individuals are trained to think for themselves.”

For most people around the world, the initials that come to mind when conversation turns to Donald Trump are not MAGA, but WTF? To try and understand how this blustering bankrupt became the leader of the free world and how he continues to hold sway over so many people, Ray speaks to the woman who wrote the book on Trump’s use of rhetoric and language, Professor Jennifer Mercieca at Texas A&M University. We dive into her book Demagogue for President and discuss the method behind Trump’s seemingly rambling rhetoric, and how he managed to take over the Republican party. And yes, Hitler gets mentioned, though not exactly as you might think!

Interview-related links

Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump

Jennifer Mercieca – our fourth guest so far who has their own Wikipedia page!

Texas A&M Professor Provides Expert Statement to Jan 6 Committee on Trump’s Rhetoric – Texas A&M Today

Jennifer on The Lincoln Project

Jennifer on the TedX stage: “Be a citizen, not a partisan”

Please Google her for many more examples!

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