Jennifer Mercieca

Jennifer Mercieca is associate Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University

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Trump’s rhetorical strategies correspond to how authoritarians have historically eroded democracy, which is why his rhetoric is so dangerous. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 26, 2020
A Field Guide to Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric
All leaders are demagogues. You may not realize this, because we’ve come to associate the word “demagogue” with only dangerous populist leaders. But in Greek, the word just means “leader of the people” (dēmos “the people” + agōgos “leading”). Some demagogues are good, and some are dangerous. The...
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