What’s The Truth About Trump?

-Bailey Taylor

Annotation: https://genius.com/Bailey-taylor-whats-the-truth-about-trump-annotated

            Many sources have found that Donald Trump has rubbed multiple people the “wrong way.” Others have also labeled him a “saving grace” for this dying country. To see where different news outlets and Mr. President himself stand on these sides, I decided to dig deeper into a few specific articles and tweets and analyze what the author is portraying for the reader. The primary focus of these few pieces was aimed to discredit Trump’s recent claim about “fake news” outlets, that were, in turn, all liberal sources.

“Donald Trump tells a lot of lies — but he’s just building on a long Republican tradition” (Salon) Source: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/27/donald-trump-tells-a-lot-of-lies-but-hes-just-building-on-a-long-republican-tradition/

Amanda Marcotte wrote this editorial on February 27. She describes how Trump’s “relentless lying” is purely a tactic passed down Republican after Republican. It’s evident that there are multiple uses of pathos in her piece; accusations are made within the body of the article, stating that lies have been spread about Planned Parenthood as to discredit their purpose of being and to trigger women’s emotions to view the Republican Party negatively. This, in turn, also emphasizes her use of ethos, stating that she has been covering the “reproductive rights struggle for a long time”, showing her personal interest and possibly her conflicting emotions about the subject. Although her argument has “fact checked” many false statements made about this given situation, they only serve as a backbone to prove that “ALL” Republicans, not just Trump, are “filthy, unapologetic liars.” Salon is a significant contributor, though, along with being a liberal news source, Marcotte has repetitively used many words like “lies,” “anti,” and “tactic” to put on display how wrong President Trump’s accusations are. This, as well as the following article, has found its topic based off of Trump’s recent statements on “fake news sources.”

“Fact Check: Trump Blasts ‘Fake News’ and Repeats Inaccurate Claims at CPAC” (New York Times) Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/fact-check-trump-blasts-fake-news-and-repeats-inaccurate-claims-at-cpac.html?_r=1

This editorial, pieced together by Linda Qiu, is a string of lies claimed by Donald Trump that various writers researched to determine whether they were factual or not. The most bluntly exposed rhetoric in this article would be the situated ethos. Each paragraph is a statement Trump has once made in the past, either to a news source or about an important topic followed by a report on how he was wrong or gave misleading information. In doing this, the writer is trying to make a subconscious conclusion for the reader of why you should listen to what this article wants you to believe. Signs of logos are found in the same way ethos were; the author of this article went into fine detail about what things Trump brought up and claimed to be factual, but in turn proved to be lies. For instance, his accusations against Sweden’s safety due to their recent intake of refugees “baffled an entire nation.” There is also a slight display of pathos in the explanation Trump gave about how the Affordable Care Act stripped more people of their healthcare than it provided; attempting to tug at the emotions of voters or supporters of the former President Barack Obama. Although this statement may have been misleading, it was not an entirely false statement; many people had, in fact, lost their health care, which Qiu admits. Overall the article is based on disparage. Trump for his attacks towards New York Times and many other news outlets for reporting, as Trump would call it, “fake news.”

Tweet #1 @RealDonaldTrump 24 Feb 2017, 7:09pm FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!

A couple of weeks ago President Trump reported who he believed to be outlets that falsely report news regarding his presidency and world issues. The most clearly shown rhetoric within this tweet would have been ethos; he uses his official title to tell his followers whom they should listen to and who they shouldn’t. Although there is no evidence shown in the text as to why he believes that these few news outlets are spreading false information concerning current events, he still wants people to believe whatever he says. Trump uses a minimal amount of pathos by saying that “fake news” is “a great danger to our country.” By saying this, he is trying to make the reader believe that these news sources are endangering our well-being because they are saying things that do not side with Trump’s opinion or the presidency. There is little evidence shown in this piece that provides clear fact; it is purely just opinion due to insult.

Tweet #2 @RealDonaldTrump 26 Feb 2017, 3:33am The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally “rigged.” Bernie’s guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!

Just as Donald Trump’s previous tweet, a lot of what goes into his tweets is based on his own common knowledge of a given subject. With that being said, it seems that ethos is seen in this entire text; “Clinton demanded Perez” insinuates that Bernie’s “guy” was never even a factor in the run for chairman, whereas that is a  false statement. Ellison’s reasons for not winning were because he had been spending more time to fix his past mistakes and become a better person for the people, while Perez focused more on the government’s support. There is a substantial amount of appeal to ignorance in this tweet. While Trump may be right that Perez did win — saying that “Bernie’s guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance” — shows that he is judging the incident only as he believes it to be. Also, by saying that the race was “totally ‘rigged’” is another example proving that this piece lives within this fallacy. These levels of bias can conclude that this is not a good source for understanding what exactly went on within the DNC Chairman election.


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