Trump's Use Of Ethos Pathos Logos

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During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, one of the Republican candidates, Donald J. Trump, repeatedly warned the U.S. that the election polls were being “absolutely rigged at many polling places.” (“BBC News,” 2016) He tweeted, “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day.” Although the impossibility of rigging an election on such a large scale has been proven, Trump continued making the claim. He continued making the claim was because most opinion polls and news commentators suggested that Hillary Clinton would win the general election. The creator of the “Gimme the gold” cartoon, Mike Luckovich, depicted Donald Trump in a negative light through an effective use of logos, pathos, and ethos.
The cartoon illustrates how much more fit and prepared the other candidates are in comparison to Trump, and argues that the reason Trump would lose is because he is unfit for the presidency. The illustrator uses logos, an “appeal to logic” in rhetoric, by depicting Trump as an out of shape Olympian wearing arm floats to suggest that Trump is ill-equipped to compete in the waters of politics
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(“Your Dictionary,” 2016) Trump’s arrogant statement and expression could evoke annoyance from the people seeing the cartoon and make them want to facepalm. Since his statement implies that the others, despite how capable they look, could not win against Trump without the race being rigged, many would begin to doubt Trump’s rationality. The swimming race takes place in the Olympics, an event that many take seriously. Many fans of sports and the Olympics would be disappointed and almost offended to see someone like Trump as the representative of their country. This situation could be considered a play on how many would be disappointed and concerned when realizing that Trump would represent their country and potentially embarrass
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