Decoding of Donald Trump prior to his speech in Arizona

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  • Getting back on track means getting to know his rhetorical moves.
  • To doubt all about the uprising in DC is his latest rallying cry.

The return of over-the-top “Save America” ​​meetings on January 15 in Arizona gives crisis-stricken former president Donald Trump another chance to publicly deny any responsibility for the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Here’s how Jennifer Mercieca, author of “Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump,” said that the two-time, revenge-seeking, presumed front-runner for the 2024 GOP nomination has sought to bend reality to her will in past.

Mercieca, a communications professor at Texas A&M University, said Trump typically plays defense by sowing confusion in every possible way. For example, while telling participants at his burning Ellipse address on January 6, 2021 that they should “fight like hell” to keep him in office, Trump’s lawyers said in a civil lawsuit filed against him by U.S. Capitol police officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby that he actually called for “an effective, peaceful and patriotic demonstration.”

Blassinggame and Hemby were two of the law enforcement officials who defended the Capitol from stray MAGA attackers.

Mercieca said the easiest way to tell that Trump is slipping into “apology” mode during what will definitely be an hour-long broadcast of complaints in Florence, Arizona, is also to listen for complaints about the “right” and ” stolen “choices as arguments that he and his devoted followers are wildly misunderstood.

Expect Trump to shift the issue from there using the following techniques:

Ad hominem: attack the person

Mercieca said that deflection is given.

“I / we did nothing wrong. But do you know who did it? The Bidens. And the Democrats. And the Deep State,” she said of Trump’s penchant for giving black money. “He will probably use name-calling to accuse them of lying, undermining and betraying.”

Trump has repeatedly called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “loser” and recently called Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota a “fool” for saying the 2020 presidential election was “as fair as we’ve seen.”

Ad populum: appeal to the wisdom of the crowd

“He wants to portray himself as a just victim / hero who clearly sees the corruption, hypocrisy and conspiracy against him, his people and the US government,” Mercieca said of the well-known role-playing game.

The second phase involves reshaping the uprising as “his ‘good Americans’ claiming their democratic rights against corruption” or a government plot to deny him a coveted second term.

A picture of President Donald Trump appears on video screens before his speech to supporters of the White House Ellipse

A picture of former President Donald Trump is shown on video screens before his speech to supporters from the Ellipse in the White House on January 6, 2021.

Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images


Denial: it was not me

The problem with claiming ignorance of this particular subject – as Trump often does by denying that he has ever seen / met / talked to politically inconvenient employees – is that the whole world saw it happen.

“He can not deny that the uprising took place, but he can try to reformulate how we understand it,” Mercieca said.

Differentiation: this is not how it looks

This works together with denial to distort understanding. said Mercieca.

“Together, these strategies are designed to deal with the accusations against him and his followers by trivializing them, accusing the prosecution and accusing the very democratic and legal process,” she told Insider, adding that any nod to actual reality will be immediately lowered of comments on “what it all means.”

Transcendence: look at the bigger picture

“He will try to make his base feel better and show that he should be remembered as a great president,” Mercieca said of any Trump-led walk down memory lane. The downside is that he now has to tear everything down to rebuild himself.

“He was so successful in making America great again, he would say they had to cheat to get him out of office because they want America to fail,” Mercieca said.

You too: appeal to hypocrisy

Pointing fingers is one thing. Mercieca said Trump typically takes things further by accusing his accusers of doing the same – so it looks like everyone is crooked.

“I think we’ll see a lot of him try to blame the Democrats or the FBI or others for what happened on January 6,” Mercieca said.

This weekend’s rally marks Trump’s return to personal appearance outside of the secret fundraisers he routinely holds at his expensive private golf clubs in Palm Beach, Florida and Bedminster, New Jersey.

It is possible that he will do two more of these a month in battlefield states from now until the midterm elections. It informs the Police on Thursday.

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