Trump’s Rhetorical Approach
Among President Trump’s many past political speeches, many of us can say that they mirrored each other with the similar use of vague words and attacks of his fellow candidates. Maybe this was why he won the 2016 presidential campaign. He always keep his promises vague, so we don’t really know what he means, but we can get a general idea. Now, this is just absolutely ridiculous, because the people don’t want a broad concept of who’s doing this and that. We want to know specifically what the President will do for this country to “Make American Great Again”.
However, the real absurdity is people are falling for his vague words and interpreting them in their own way. This imprecise language is exactly what George Orwell condemns in his famous essay “Politics and the English Language”. He believed that politicians are covering their actions with euphemistic language to dismiss any disapproval and unacceptable responses.
Take this speech for example.
(For a full transcript of this speech, go to http://getoffthebs.com/trump-fire-nc-full-transcript/ .)
In this speech, at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, Trump took a slightly different approach. Instead of his earlier beliefs in the beginning of the campaign, Trump took the time to say that he will support the African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and all of the other Americans by giving them jobs and opportunities. In my opinion, this was just a tactic to gain the minority votes, because at the time of this speech, Trump had little to none of the African-American votes.
In his first attempt to get voters on his side of the campaign, Trump promised to end violence and chaos quickly. Putting aside what Trump can and cannot do for this cause, this task is near to impossible to accomplish, mush less in a quick manner. It is in human nature to be violent and chaotic on varying levels, but violent nonetheless. Considering Trump can decrease the number of crime and violent acts, he still cannot completely end them, no matter how he will go about doing so. This was just another big political promise which cannot be fulfilled, but was said to make voters think that he will make a difference.
Trump then continued to say that he will always speak the truth no matter what it is. Everyone knows that politicians are not always truthful. Even if he was and is not a politician, Trump has entered the world of politics, where vague words used to disguise dishonesty are relied upon to make it to the top.
Throughout the speech, he continued with more big promises to speak for the people who have no voice such as the factory workers, neglected veterans, underprivileged and the poor. If these groups of people do not have a voice, how will Trump know what they want to say? How can the President, who has countless responsibilities, concern himself with the dealings of what unions were made for?
Trump promised these things and we all want to believe that he can do them, but just like the politicians before him, we cannot trust whether these are false promises to get elected or if he will truly stay to his word and fulfill these promises.