Speeches By the one and only: David Hicks

Donald J. Trump

Donald J. Trump was in Phoenix when presenting his speech, so he's talking to the U.S but mostly the people of Phoenix. One of his claims is that the immigration system is corrupted and that the illegal immigrants are disrupting the American life. He says, "Immigration and it's impact on their jobs, wages, housing, schools, tax bills, and general living conditions" He's saying this affecting many American lives. He also makes a claim that "most illegal immigrants are lower skilled workers with less education". He says it's unfair to the Americans that they are losing their job to illegal immigrants. He says they're illegally coming into our country and stealing our jobs and he wants that stop. One of his big claims is, "we will build a great wall among the southern border. And Mexico will pay for the wall." This is an assertion because he is claiming this but he hasn't worked out how he will do this and he hasn't made any agreements with Mexico. He says, "Mexico will work with us." I feel like this claim hurts his speech because he's claiming he will do something but doesn't tell how it will happen. He doesn't have proof that this will actually happen. Another claim is that some of most of these illegal immigrants are dangerous. He gives factual evidence of Americans being killed or assaulted by illegal immigrants. He says that if we build a wall we can prevent these incidents.

I believe his strongest device was his factual evidence. It backed up his claim and it made sense why he wanted to enforce the border. He has true factual stories about illegal immigrants killing innocent Americans and he feels like he could fix this and make it never happen. Also another device he uses a lot is repetition. "The truth is our immigration system is worse than anybody ever realized." He keeps repeating that there is a problem with the border and immigration system. After listening to his speech the audience will remember that there's a problem with the border and he can fix it. Some fallacies he had was that he did a lot of assertion and claimed things will happen even though he doesn't have proof it will happen. Next he also calls out his opponent Hillary by calling her out on situations. He says that the many people would be alive if it wasn't for the open border policies. He says, "the administration that causes this is horrible, horrible thought process, called Hillary Clinton." He calls out Hillary and blames her for the loss of lives. I think that this was not needed and he shouldn't call out people by name. I feel like he made his point explaining how the border and immigration is terrible. He uses repetition of the words "immigration" and "terrible" so you remember. I think he used an equal amount of assertions as true facts so it balances out. I think the big thing that damaged his Logos was name calling. When he called out Hillary I feel that it was uncalled for and immature.

Barack H. Obama

hero'sBarack H. Obama said his speech in Washington D.C. but was broadcasted to the whole United States and I think that was his target audience. One of his claims was that our economy is badly weakened. He said the reason is, "a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age." I like how he points out that its the fault of some people but doesn't call them out by name unlike Trump. Also he talks to us as a whole and selectively pick out people. He talks about how people are losing jobs and businesses are closing. He says he can fix problem but doesn't really explain how this will be fixed, just that we will through it together. His next claim is that we need to, "pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin remaking America." He wants to help restore America. He doesn't exactly explain how this will be done though. He explains that this is a group effort. His next claim is similar to his others but that everyone is equal no matter your race, gender, or religion. He says that we can work together and we won't let people judge us. He feels that if America isn't judgmental about race, religion, and gender other countries will follow. His strongest two devices was factual evidence and logical appeal. When he says he wants to rebuild this country he acknowledges what's wrong. "Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered." He uses logical appeal when he says, "That all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness." Majority of people will agree with this and its a logical appeal. Two main fallacies he had was assertion and emotional appeal. For assertion he says he will help fix America but doesn't exactly say how. But know this, America - they will be met." His other fallacy is emotional appeal because he brings up things that will cause emotion to the audience. He brings up, "the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington." I feel he had more devices then fallacies and I believe that he did a great job of using Aristotle's triangle. He had a message and after hearing his message you don't have any question on it.

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