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The Day After Donald Trump Was Sworn Into Office As The

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The day after Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United Sates, millions of people, in the U.S. and more than 60 foreign countries, protested Trump’s presidency and policies (Lee, “Protesting Trump with the Women’s March”). One month has passed since his inauguration day, and Trump’s actions as president have given rise to continued protests and outcries. One of those voices crying in the wilderness is Thomas Friedman, columnist for the New York Times. Friedman has already written several articles about Donald Trump this year. In “Connecting the Dots” published in The New York Times on February 8, 2017, Friedman effectively used facts about the U.S.’s existing relationships and/or agreements with China,…show more content…
Due to the U.S.’s interdependencies with other countries, Friedman argued that this country needs a national leader who can see how all the dots (or presidential decisions) connect, and he clearly believes that Donald Trump is the exact opposite of what this country needs and what the majority wants.
As previously noted, Friedman used logos, or claims of fact, to support and further his argument. He factually summarized the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the North American security envelope, and events of 9/11. He detailed Trump’s actions, which have been reported repeatedly by various news sources. For example, various media outlets reported that Trump made disparaging remarks about Judge Robart, calling him a “so-called judge” and labeling his ruling “ridiculous” (Heisig, “Trump 's comments on judiciary”). Furthermore, his analogies and cause-effect relationships evoked cognitive, rational responses. For example, when arguing that the results of Trump’s wall to keep out Mexican immigrants would cause problems for U.S. companies doing business in and with Mexico, he compared it to tighter security at the U.S.-Mexican border during 9/11, which caused U.S. companies like Ford to shut down assembly lines because their supply chain extends to Mexico. Additionally, he appealed to the reader’s logic when discussing how Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. paired together after 9/11 to share information about potential security threats entering North America and how building a
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