In Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us about Donald J. Trump, twelve highly-respected rhetoricians from around the country produce responses to the book’s title. Each chapter (there are eleven) is written for a general audience of readers who may or may not know anything about the study of rhetoric. The authors all take unique angles on Trump—including analyzing his persuasive uses of anti-Semitism, demagoguery, political sloganeering, and visual identity. The authors’ goal in each case is to explain a little bit about rhetoric and to help readers understand what rhetoric can teach us about Trump. Specifically, about how he has used and still uses language, symbols, and even style to appeal to the people in his various audiences. Audiences, by the way, which now include billions of people and literally span the globe.
For more information about the contributors, chapters, and more, visit the book’s website at: www.trumpsrhetoric.com
TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction to Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump Ryan Skinnell Chapter 1: Donald, the Demagogue Jennifer Mercieca Chapter 2: Who Owns Donald Trump’s Anti-Semitism? Ira Allen Chapter 3: The Perverse Reversal of Lying and Truth-Telling in the Trump Era Ryan Skinnell Chapter 4: Populist Style: Rhetorics of Fear and Loathing Anna M. Young Chapter 5: Charisma Isn’t Leadership, and Other Lessons We Can Learn from Trump the Businessman Patricia Roberts-Miller Chapter 6: How #Trump Broke/red the Internet Collin Gifford Brooke Chapter 7: Trump and TV Paul J. Achter Chapter 8: Trump’s Not Just a Bad Apple: He’s Part of a Spoiled Bunch Jennifer Wingard Chapter 9: Frumpy Trumpy, or What Donald’s Golf Duds Tells Us about His Presidency Davis W. Houck Chapter 10: The Comedic Styling of President Trump Danielle J. Deveau Chapter 11: The Resistance is Fat-Shaming: A Dialogue Bonnie Lenore Kyburz and Donnie Johnson Sackey Notes, Contributors, References