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I got the first blurb for my book!

“A rollicking tour of Donald Trump and his rhetorical excess. Jen Mercieca hits all of the high points – and the even more delicious low points – as Trump traipses along the Path of Fallacies..."
"This book makes you ache for a simpler time when people said what they meant and meant what they said, commodities rarely on display in the Trump White House.”—Roderick P. Hart, author of Political Tone: How Leaders Talk and Why
Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump amazon.com/dp/1623499062/…
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Have you reserved your copy of Demagogue for President yet? Links:
amazon.com/dp/1623499062/…

indiebound.org/book/978162349…

barnesandnoble.com/w/demagogue-fo…
Here is the TOC: I focus on how Trump took advantage of pre-existing distrust, polarization, and frustration to attack America in 2016. He's been doing the same thing ever since.
I explain how he ran explicitly as a demagogue, appealing to his base using three strategies:
1. Ad populum: appeals to popularity/the people
2. American exceptionalism: America should be winning/great
3. Paralipsis: I'm not saying; I'm just saying
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cor·rup·tion
/kəˈrəpSH(ə)n/
noun
In political theory kyklos--Greek for "cycle"--represents the idea that all government "decay" or become corrupt (see Aristotle's Politics). You can find theories of how governments become corrupt in Plato, Thucydides, Machiavelli, Rousseau.
It's central concept in the "republican" tradition. Drawing from those theories, here is an interesting article that gives a theory of corruption in government: "The Corruption of a State," J. Patrick Dobel: jstor.org/stable/1955114…
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Not too many folks read my piece on how Dems and Trump are framing the impeachment inquiry. Are other folks seeing interest in their impeachment pieces or is there not much interest? Just curious about interest at this point.
Like, this piece is my second fewest readers ever, just above the one I wrote about Clinton conceding the election.
Law-and-order or conspiracy? How political parties frame the impeachment battle will help decide Trump's fate theconversation.com/law-and-order-… via @ConversationUS #ImpeachmentDay #impeachment #teamrhetoric
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A short thread on apologia (self-defense) strategy and Trump "self-impeaching." See exhibit A here, why does Trump keep "admitting" that he's done the things that he's being accused of doing?
Trump's typical apologia (self-defense) strategy is denial. I didn't do it, I don't know about that, I don't know them. Typically Trump couples the denial with a tu quoque (appeal to hypocrisy) that accuses his accusers of doing it too.
So, what is the strategy here (and elsewhere in the past week or so) where Trump is admitting the thing instead of denying it? It's a combination of a bunch of strategies, all designed to reduce the appearance of the seriousness of the offense.
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Sent in the final final version of my book. 119,794 words, 886 endnotes. It's ginormous. (I was supposed to write a short book of about 75k words. I also cut out 30k words). I wrote about 30k words of notes for each of the 18 chapters. #AmWriting #TeamRhetoric
I imagine all of this is pretty typical for an academic book. Just wanted to give the behind the scenes deets for non-academic folks.
I've written the book in a public scholarship voice (like my other public writing) because I want everyone to be able to read it, not just academics.

I don't know what it will cost yet, but my publisher has promised to keep the cost low so that it will be affordable.
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BOOK IS OFFICIALLY FORTHCOMING!
Look for Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump in February or March 2020.

Here is a video of me talking about Trump’s rhetoric:
Who wants to write a blurb?
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Not all #TeamRhetoric and #RhetComp folks are engaged in prison education/activism, but the banned books at Danville prison should be of serious concern to our field, and not just because our friends John Sloop, Ralph Cintron, @rmhoward and @riouxpipes have books on that list. 1/
The books removed from the @ejpillinois shelves reveals that prison censorship is rooted in anxiety over rhetorical savvy, in/sincerity, and access in a deliberative democracy. This censorship is one (of many!) mechanisms protecting white supremacist cisheteropatriarchy. 2/
Sound familiar? It should. This hand-wringing over the potential for rhetoric to be used for nefarious purposes has accompanied its teaching since the sophists showed up in Athens, slinging arête to folks outside the aristocracy (as long as they could pay). 3/
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"You hate to see it" thread incoming: Every once in a while a pop journalist is like, "wouldn't it be interesting if we studied how people argue?" and then proceeds to write an article interviewing only STEM scholars that attempts to render rhetoric as a "science"
First, read this robust & awesome critique thread by @lecagle 👇
IMO: The most damaging thing about this article is not only its ignorance of rhetoric as a well-established academic discipline with tons of knowledge on how people use language to argue, but also how it buries humanistic ways of knowing that are crucial to studying argument.
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I'm reading a lot of takes this morning that are using Trump's framing to make sense of the sentencing memos. They may not realize that they're doing it, I'm not sure. (thread)
Trump's propaganda team has been arguing since Cohen plead that "there's nothing to see here." They've used rhetorical strategies of denial (Trump didn't do it) and differentiation (it's not what you think or what they want you to believe) to try to wiggle out of guilt.
Trump's propaganda team has also tried to walk us through the "points of stasis" (points of stopping, or argument) to explain away the indictments, pleas, and memos.

Stases: What happened? How should we understand it? How should we value it? What should we do about it?
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OK friends, we've previously discussed how stasis arguments can be used to try to wiggle out of difficult situations by trying to help your audience understand new information (ex: that Trump repaid his attorney for the 130k hush money).
Stasis arguments: 1) What happened? 2) How should we understand what happened? 3) How should we value what happened? 4) What should we do about what happened?
Now, let's talk more specifically about how that works, using Trump's tweets this morning as examples. Trump's tweets are known as "apologia," or the speech of self defense (I know it sounds like apology, but typically folks don't apologize, they defend).
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