President Donald Trump and His Political Discourse brings together a diverse collection of perspectives on President Trump’s Twitter rhetoric. Truly unique in its in-depth exploration, the volume demonstrates the ways in which international and U.S. relations, media and "fake news," and marginalized groups, among other things, have been the subject of President Trump’s tweets. It also features qualitative–quantitative analyses, evaluating tweet patterns, broader language shifts, and the psychology of President Trump’s Twitter voice. The purpose of this collection is not only to analyze the language used but also to consider the ramifications of the various messages on both individual and global levels, for which Trump is both celebrated and criticized. Interdisciplinary in approach, this collection is a useful resource for students in political rhetoric and communication, international relations, linguistics, journalism, leadership studies, and more.

chapter |9 pages


part I|60 pages

The Campaign, the Twittersphere, and the “New Age” of Rhetoric

chapter 1|22 pages

Seizing the Populist Rhetorical Toolkit

A Comparative Analysis of Trump and Clinton’s Discourse on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign

chapter 2|19 pages

Of Twit-storms and Demagogues

Trump, Illusory Truths of Patriotism, and the Language of the Twittersphere

chapter 3|19 pages

The Dark Alchemy of Donald Trump

Re-inventing Presidential Rhetorics through Christian and “New Age” Discourses

part II|75 pages

Power and Abuse Abroad and at Home

chapter 4|22 pages

President Trump’s Tweets on the Middle East, North Korea, and Russia

The Constructive and the Unconstructive

chapter 5|21 pages

The Paradox of Dissent

Bullshit and the Twitter Presidency

chapter 6|17 pages

Crazy, Insane, Nut Job, Wacko, Basket Case, and Psycho

Donald Trump’s Tweets Surrounding Mental Health Issues and Attacks on Media Personalities

chapter 7|15 pages

Habitat for Inhumanity

How Trolls Set the Stage for @realDonaldTrump

part III|63 pages

“Fake News” and Madness

chapter 8|23 pages

Tweet the Press

Effects of Donald Trump’s “Fake News!” Epithet on Civics and Popular Culture

chapter 9|20 pages

Setting the “Fake News” Agenda

Trump’s Use of Twitter and the Agenda-building Effect

chapter 10|20 pages

Digital Sophistry

Trump, Twitter, and Teaching about Fake News