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I'm a rhetoric professor. #DemagogueForPresident: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump will be available in July! I like puns & democracy. #TeamRhetoric

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As @jenmercieca often notes, this is an authoritarian rhetorical strategy called paralipsis: “I’m not saying, I’m j… https://t.co/kNhwBkeFTT
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaThe point then was to appear to be a martyr for free speech and to expose us to his audience for doxxing and harass… https://t.co/UK3ZGbKle0He kept re-editing and re-running the story--adding ambient sounds to make it seem like people were booing or cheer… https://t.co/4r9x6WFL6mI watched them do it in real-time. Two cameras, AJ directing people into and out of the scene--he even stopped mid-… https://t.co/xT2rg9zNO1 @DBearfield If Trump feels humiliated he will become very dangerous, I fear.Trump's rhetoric is dangerous, Pritzker is right. Trump can't admit that he has made a mistake or be accountable fo… https://t.co/vOtUeQVueZAd baculum (threats of force or intimidation) have been a signature strategy of Trump's demagoguery since 2015. He… https://t.co/raRmUljEdu @Super___Salad Thank you!https://t.co/HaZs9UHdtKInfowars creates political theater and proclaims it the truth. Here's my story: dangerous demagogues and weaponiz… https://t.co/gh4PELvZpx @WajahatAli @duffgoldman Whites turned off"If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this… https://t.co/JCeDXD8AfoThank you Mr. President. https://t.co/pTDrDnIxD8Chris Cooper Is My Brother. Here’s Why I Posted His Video. @melodyMcooper https://t.co/Bp0ANgPiAty'all didn't think that I was going to find a paralipsis ancient aliens conspiracy gif, didja?Reliable reports on who leads Antifa: https://t.co/bGyD2L3QE7Antifa has replaced the advancing caravans.
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaJournalists are heroes in Trump's America. https://t.co/Nt34KmjBTb @TheRickWilson "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now." "I will fight for you with every brea… https://t.co/OiAtHDK9Lm"to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and… https://t.co/h8PjHslMrl"so still it must be said 'the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.' With malice toward none,… https://t.co/xF7B9q5H4W"Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unr… https://t.co/YdC7ZvcxW1"shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always asc… https://t.co/Hm5PtfCn2q"which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now w… https://t.co/CyGkMtK8F2Having little of my own to add, Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: "'Woe unto the world because of offenses; for… https://t.co/REHO2VlopcBunker Hunker Junker PunkerStay all the way until the end. 🔥 https://t.co/mnLK1PYtd0#HowFascismWorks https://t.co/piu1pBiqsA https://t.co/po6pX0uhsZ
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaI just can't stop thinking about his "MAGA night" comment yesterday, inviting confrontation between his supporters… https://t.co/ZvEd9hKhlR
6/1
2020
Wow. https://t.co/YK6GUjZcjhWow. Imagine being the President of the United States while the nation is in a national historic crisis enveloped b… https://t.co/qFN3QT7moG @Bodywright Well, it's a blame shifting distraction technique. In the American political lexicon it is most commonl… https://t.co/8wsoIhTBPEEarlier in the campaign: Reporter: “Tell us [about] your retweet strategy—do you endorse what you retweet?” Trump… https://t.co/OLc5XW6SjbWow, what a view! Lucky sticker. https://t.co/IKnJNxgRXlBill, you're all for looting. Just the kind your white millionaire friends do through their accountants. https://t.co/IXWP14hcEp
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaThere is so much to be gutted by right now. But there is so much hope, too. So many people risking their bodies fo… https://t.co/CJUmVQrYz4
Retweeted by Jennifer Mercieca @atrupar “I don’t know about retweeting. You retweet somebody, and they turn out to be white supremacists. I know n… https://t.co/EYXZSIxf7UDamm this is deep #blacklivesmatter https://t.co/G3NzgyMxHK
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaTrump is an authoritarian, not a president. Why is he still in office?According to Levitsky & Ziblatt, authoritarians: -reject/show a weak commitment to the “democratic rules of the ga… https://t.co/UJuiwFWIPpHundreds at the Minnesota state capitol peacefully protesting. Some of my favorite signs...
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaHas there been a response from Q about Anonymous accusing it of being an Op? @oneunderscore__ @travis_view @BryanLeeJones That's a really good point. But, even when it is about character--tu quoque is still outrage bait an… https://t.co/aVTnPmg91F(this is an appeal to hypocrisy, exposing a double standard. I normally don't tweet tu quoque because it's toxic, b… https://t.co/59kyo6BhlmArmed white militia storm state capital buildings, "I can't breathe with these masks. Freedom!" Trump applauds the… https://t.co/6jEKerykkcSome @ucpress books relevant to the moment, a thread:
Retweeted by Jennifer Mercieca @choosingtangent Yes, absolutely. And yet, isn't this exactly what we want to happen? For the police officers to re… https://t.co/bnMbCXlFYUThread >> https://t.co/Sm2eogz3ngHow We Broke the World @tomfriedman https://t.co/jqFoJ8oMHb @grittysstepson Yes. The only hope is if the police refuse to comply and join the protests. I mean, I think. @grittysstepson What if police officers are people too and they decide that they will no longer comply with a syste… https://t.co/7bbvSHb1k3Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us @rgay: https://t.co/xqa3uX5D5WMore like this please: police officials join protests. https://t.co/HxoDggm8eC"While other presidents seek to cool the situation in tinderbox moments like this, Mr. Trump plays with matches."… https://t.co/0gxqlH1SQq“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against o… https://t.co/mGnY3ULCkaAs is inevitably the case, a bad week for America is a good week for Trump. His only chance is chaos and conflict.… https://t.co/VH6WIvnnGz
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaPolice are purposefully targeting reporters all over the country, in video after video. There’s no other way to des… https://t.co/W2BpoLJhoN
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaAge of catastrophe.
5/31
2020
@Perapiteticus Thank you. I wish I could explain enough to make it all stop. @shack9 That's a really great observation.You can tell that he means it by the way he says "the black people" as if people are objects. (that's reification,… https://t.co/4STc66mAdbAnother of my favorite protest signs (from Ferguson, 2014): "They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were s… https://t.co/0qezBeCp4z"The riot is the language of the unheard" MLK, Jr. https://t.co/ze88vXstXx @edbott @maggieNYT Trump denial strategy: 1. Deny knowledge of it 2. Deny association with whoever did it (maybe pr… https://t.co/GF5UdsvRe6 @edbott I'd have to see the whole quote, but from what @maggieNYT's got here I'd say yes. It's consistent with Trum… https://t.co/lQp2l7rl3LHow Violent Protests Change Politics https://t.co/uWDXQoZiQV via @NewYorkerIn light of reports that outside groups, including white nationalists, may be manipulating the Floyd protests towar… https://t.co/LA4mPwkDr1
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaThread>> This is exactly the dynamic I write about in my book. White supremacists want a race war and they will ta… https://t.co/MM1oT22QZ6My review of SURVIVING AUTOCRACY by @mashagessen: https://t.co/msUKqWek8g
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaThread >> https://t.co/omfIOnyimrThis is a tu quoque appeal to hypocrisy that denies legitimacy to legitimate political opposition. That's authorita… https://t.co/AXAbUgPP8v @atrupar She’s wonderful, congratulations!This is a great speech. #teamrhetoric Plot, plan, strategize, and mobilize. https://t.co/JIT6xsWOJzOn heart-wrenching display in the US at this moment are the consequences of our refusal to deal w/ past wrongs & th… https://t.co/w5157MLvlz
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaTrump should resign."American Carnage" will be his legacy.This is Trump's America. How could anyone want four more years of this?I know everything is super terrible tonight. Maybe show me the little sweeties in your life for some stress relief?Princess Sweetie has lived with us for a year. We can’t imagine life without her furrowed eyebrows and snuggles. 🥰 https://t.co/LsB5wC1eSk
5/30
2020
@MollyJongFast I thought extrajudicial killings are what got us into this situation in the first place? @AshaRangappa_ can I call any wrong doer a tortfeasor or nah? @AshaRangappa_ TIL "tortfeasor." Thank you! @julia_azari @brianros1 @NathanKalmoe Extreme same.Uh...THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT COLLUSION LOOKS LIKE. Flynn is telling Kislyak -- in secret -- not to take the predictabl… https://t.co/vNNCXlDOXP
Retweeted by Jennifer MerciecaMicrophone for sale, unused. No questions asked. https://t.co/sA6BNQhrQsI think the removing of HK's special status acknowledges that China + HK are one, but makes it sound like Trump is… https://t.co/X473qMI8v4No questions after that war speech? Wow.Trump is a freedom fighter for Hong Kong.Wait, all this build up to announce pulling out of the WHO, Banning Chinese students, study Chinese economic fairne… https://t.co/2S77SZRahOTrump sounds like he's building up to a war announcement. WTH?A more accurate parallel case could have been made: Fact-checking POTUS tweets is like putting a warning label on… https://t.co/0D0H8ZCyJuThe argument is open to criticism due to important differences between the two cases: Private communication is dif… https://t.co/PRf4Uzf8l5Here the arguer is comparing a known case (phone company, Post Office) to an unknown case (Twitter) and arguing wha… https://t.co/nEfPicLhNEA parallel case argument compares two situations and argues that what's true in the known case will also be true in… https://t.co/IXym0rDzDhWhich, btw, is a capitulation. But, you know, in Trump-speak.Oh, I see Trump is going to lean on his typical "plausible deniability, you misread me because you're haters" strategy?While we're waiting for Trump, this is what he should say, but he won't: https://t.co/LA1QaXl2IcDonald Trump is calling for violence against Black Americans. His advocacy of illegal, state-sponsored killing is h… https://t.co/rKjB1DUO58
Retweeted by Jennifer Mercieca @timothyjshaffer @KSU_icdd @ksucommstudies @KState Congratulations!Knowledge is power y'all. https://t.co/V0f9jpEEiQ https://t.co/xldIxxE7R5
5/29
2020

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