Trump is Fake News By Erin Bailey

Is Trump in the room? No? Okay, then listen closely. We've all heard his ramblings about "fake news", but we need to talk about who the fake news really is. It isn't CNN, and it isn't Fox News. Donald Trump is the fake news. If you're being informed by Trump and his rhetorical fallacies, you're being misinformed. What are you looking at? Oh no, he's behind me, isn't he?

From hyperboles to band wagons, Trump's arguments are full of rhetorical fallacies and slanters. In fact, some of his arguments completely fall apart when you realize they're built on fallacies.

One of Trump's most used fallacies is the Ad Hominem, which you'll hear him use in almost every rally and many of his tweets. He uses this to attack the opponent's character instead of arguing against their stance.

Early in the presidential race, he would refer to his Republican opponent Marco Rubio as "little Marco" and Ted Cruz ad "Lyin' Ted". He knew that if he destroyed their character enough, people will stop listening to the opponents' arguments entirely because, well, they're "little boys" and "liars", so what could they possibly know? This is a very slippery slope.

Speaking of slippery slopes, that's another fallacy that Trump is known to use. If you've heard his opinion on immigration, you know exactly what I'm talking about. In defense of building a wall between America and Mexico, Trump states that "illegals" would "end up stealing the cars" that will be built if Ford builds a plant before we deport the undocumented immigrants. This is an extreme conclusion that has no proof to back it up.

In fact, for this argument to hold any power, he must first make a hasty generalization about Mexican people. He once said that Mexico is "sending people that have lots of problems" including crime, rape, and drugs. This, of course, isn't the case in many situations, but a lot of people have taken this generalization as truth in order to support his position to build a wall and deport undocumented immigrants.

Next time you listen to Trump's speeches or read his Twitter feed, keep in mind what I have said. Keep on the lookout for his logical fallacies, and don't be persuaded by his bad rhetoric.


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