Jennifer Mercieca is an author, researcher, historian of American political rhetoric and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University, Dr. Jennifer Mercieca. She writes about American political discourse, especially as it relates to citizenship, democracy and the presidency. Her previous books are FOUNDING FICTIONS and THE RHETORIC OF HEROIC EXPECTATIONS: ESTABLISHING THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY. Her latest book, DEMAGOGUE FOR PRESIDENT: THE RHETORICAL GENIUS OF DONALD TRUMP will be published July 9, 2020 by Texas A&M University Press.
“Historical levels of polarization, a disaffected and frustrated electorate, and widespread distrust of government, the news media, and traditional political leadership set the stage in 2016 for an unexpected, unlikely, and unprecedented presidential contest.
Donald Trump’s campaign speeches and other rhetoric seemed on the surface to be simplistic, repetitive and disorganized to many. As DEMAGOGUE FOR PRESIDENT shows, Trump’s campaign strategy was anything but simple.
Articles referred to or pertinent to the interview:
‘Trump thought I was a secretary’: Fiona Hill on the president, Putin and populism https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/12/fiona-hill-trump-putin-populism-interview
Trump stokes division with racism and rage – and the American oligarchy purrs https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/14/donald-trump-racism-american-oligarchy
The Psychopath in Chief https://gen.medium.com/the-psychopath-in-chief-aa10ab2165d9
Analysis: Why QAnon supporters are winning congressional primaries https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Analysis-Why-QAnon-supporters-are-winning-15337881.php
‘We’re thinking landslide’: Beyond D.C., GOP officials see Trump on glide path to reelection https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/15/trump-glide-reelection-republican-officials-316457
Trump Has Made Alternative Facts a Way of Life https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/13/opinion/trump-has-made-alternative-facts-a-way-of-life.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
The Debate Over the Word Fascism Takes a New Turn https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/books/fascism-debate-donald-trump.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=Books
Trump takes note as the far right lobbies for violent crackdown on peaceful protests https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/07/trump-protests-notes-far-right-crackdown-peaceful-protesters
‘How did we get here?’: Trump has normalised mayhem and the US is paying the price https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/02/donald-trump-coronavirus-george-floyd-normalized