Rhetorical Devices In Donald Trump's Speech

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On June 12, 2016, a tragic shooting occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At the time, some considered it one of the worst, if not the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since September 11th. Thus, the event received a lot of media coverage. Donald Trump was one of the people who addressed the attack. At the time of the shooting, he was running for president. He gave a speech and addressed the emotions that everyone was feeling, and used those emotions to his advantage, gaining support and for his campaign. In my paper, I will talk about the kinds of rhetorical devices Trump uses in his speech to persuade the audience. One thing he does when he talks about important topics is he makes sure to appeal to people’s emotions. Nowadays, people are more open-minded and have accepted and support the LGBTQ community, especially the “centennials generation.” Therefore, he tried to appeal to them by saying “Our nation stands together in solidarity with the members of Orlando’s LGBT community.” He goes on to say, “It’s an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want, and express their identity.”, showing that he cares about the American people and wants them to live how they please, regardless of their sexual orientation.
When he talks about one of the key topics of his speech, radical Islam, he appeals to emotion saying, “Not only their children, by the way, they’re trying to take over our children and convince them how wonderful ISIS

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