Mumbles The Clown Monday


As the 2020 presidential campaign revs up, the normal ways of dealing with it seem hopelessly inadequate. Fact-checking seems antiquated in the face of a president who’s closing in on 20,000 false or misleading statements and a press corps that remains hopelessly befuddled in how to respond.

But there is another way the press — or failing that, citizens themselves — can cut through the blizzard of disinformation. That’s explained in a forthcoming book by Texas A&M communications professor Jennifer Mercieca, “Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump.” A historian of American political rhetoric, Mercieca traces Trump’s strategies in the 2016 campaign, finding that they conform to consistent rhetorical patterns.

Trump’s sheer volume of false or misleading claims is more than anyone can hope to handle, but Mercieca identifies just six distinctive patterns — three that are used to sow division in the country at large, and three that are used to unify his supporters. Some of these you already know: Trump’s penchant for ad hominem attacks is impossible to miss. But for all the times such attacks have been pointed out or even decried, precious little insight has been gained into why Trump engages in them and why they seem to work — much less how he combines them with other rhetorical devices.


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19 Responses to Mumbles The Clown Monday

  1. Micki says:

    “…If we want to stop unaccountable leaders like Trump, then we have to remake society according to what Lerner calls the “majority principle.” In 2016 we were distrustful, polarized and frustrated with our government. Trump didn’t cause those conditions, but he did weaponize rhetoric to make them worse. And he’s continued to do so as president….”

    Correct!…Trump didn’t cause those conditions. Those conditions are the result of the far-right’s long game to manipulate the people into hating government. In 2016, I knew Trump would win the election because the conditions were in alignment to make it possible — the neoliberals had failed the masses and Trump knew how to capitalize on that.


  2. Den says:

    The people that moved in last January have made their statement.
    They hung a trump flag by their door, I had them pegged for idiots anyway.


    • °¿º arol says:

      Well, at least you weren’t surprised. Tool bad they didn’t do the opposite and REALLY surprise you.

      Thus far I have no clue about my new neighbor’s politics. My guess would be Trump, but not based on any facts other than they’re young, have friends over and no one wears a mask AND he tinkers in his barn. But then, so does Den, I shouldn’t use that as a Trump sign.


  3. ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶arol says:

    A girl my kids went to high school with, Pete dated her for awhile, lives i South Dakota and had cattle and chickens. Her and I also have the same birthday. I told her last week, if you name your chickens, feel free to name one Carol. Never could get anyone to name their kids, or pets Carol. She messaged me this Sunday:

    “Hi! I hope you are well 🙂 We have 4 older hens. 2 are what I’d call strawberry blonde. Their names are Thelma and Louise. We have 2 new ones of the same breed. I decided to call them Carol and Diane, after you and your best friend 🙂”


    • Micki says:

      I saw a fishing vessel named CAROL. I did a watercolor painting of it.

      That’s sweet you’ve got chickens as your namesake.

      I buy the nummiest fresh eggs — the brand name is GIRLS ON GRASS.


  4. ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶arol says:


    Dragged the hoses around, got everything watered, and when I was done I coiled up the hoses by the spigot. *whew*

    Pool filter, after backwashing it last night, was full of steam today and went on at full power for over 3 hours. I let it rest for a few hours and it’s back on now, happily cleaning the water. I could actually see the dark, circular shadow of dirt on the center. I’m betting I’ll need one more backwashing, BUT NOT TODAY. YAY.

    Wish it weren’t so hot, I have so many things I want to do outside. Weeding for sure. I did prune one tree yesterday, which I might have mentioned.

    Also, mosquitoes were bothering me on the south side of the garage in the shady part, but also in the sunny part. A few pestered me when I was sitting on the garage patio last night. I might have to call the bug man, but we’ll see how it goes tonight on the garage patio, or anywhere I may walk..


    • Den says:

      Havta get up early somewhere around or before sunrise, get your shyt done by noon, much easier on your system, then take a shower to rinse off the sweat and debris. Next up Lunch!, an hour after Nap!, wake up at 2;30 get beer and chips or popcorn, lay around till dinner, eat, watch TeeVee and go to bed or internets. Oh wait, that’s my routine, duh!


  5. Micki says:

    Really nice here!

    I trimmed barberry bushes, spiffed my my mugo pines with a new haircut, did some weeding, mowed the lawn, edged (i like the manicured look!), had a solo picnic in the backyard….now I’m off for a walk!


  6. David B Benson says:

    Washington state new cases shot up to 1,177 today. 😦


  7. David B Benson says:

    Latin America experiencing worst economy since measurements started in the 1940s: IMF


  8. David B Benson says:

    And so another day draws to a close in Trumpistan…


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