Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us about Donald J. Trump

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


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 
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