Rhetoric from 2016 Presidential Campaign Speeches By:Jenna Solheim

I Chose to study the rhetoric of presidential campaign speeches given by Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump

Hillary's speech was aimed to gain support from the LGBT community and people who sympathize with them.

She used Anecdotal evidence and emotional manipulation to rile the crowd, "You can get married on Saturday, post pictures on Sunday and get fired on Monday."

Clinton used words such as "extraordinary" when describing a black trans woman by the name of Barbra Streisand. She made sure to express her love, excitement, and gratitude for the speaker.

She also attacked Trump supports, calling them a, "basket of deplorables" Using diction and ad hominem when calling them, "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and islmaphobic," stating that they are "irredeemable" and "not American."

She used an overwhelming amount of diction- always using inclusive words such as us, we, etc. She also used icky words that have a negative connotation when describing her opponent. For example- white supremacists, deplorable, racist,bigotry, discrimination, etc.

Overall, I'd have to say that she preached well to her intended audience but lost a lot of potential voters. She lost any chance of recruiting a Trump supporter.

" Friends don't let friends vote for Trump."

Trump's speech was filled with logical appeal, repetition, cause and effect, and factual evidence. He was preaching to the citizens of America.

Mr.Trump continuously called Clinton a liar and pointed out exactly why citizens shouldn't vote for her. He had evidence to back up all of his claims. He gave voters every reason they could ever need to not vote for her.

" I will end the special interest monopoly in Washington, D.C. The other candidate in this race has spent her entire life making money for special interests- and taking from special interests."

He used cause and effect to persuade voters. He gave instances where he created something out of nothing as well as when Hillary made nothing out of something.

"She gets rich making you poor"

Trump used a lot of repetition, always mentioning jobs and how he would bring them to the US if elected. President trump also used the word "rigged" often.

Trump also utilized diction.

"The fact is, we we can come back bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before."

I would definitely say that Trump's speech was effective, it showed his opponent's true colors and called her out. He informed his audience well and it was actually hard to find fallacies in his presentation.

" I am running for President to end the unfairness and to put you, the American worker, first."



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