Donald Trump’s Political Speech: A Critical Issue “us vs them”

  • Rahmaniah Rahmaniah Mulawarman University
  • Yuni Utami Asih Mulawarman University
  • Bibit Suhatmady Mulawarman University
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Abstract

Politics is always linked to activities that have an impact on government or societal action and policies. For a variety of reasons, a speech can be a powerful tool, and any speech, particularly one intended to persuade, must be rhetorical. A persuasive speech, such as Donald Trump's, seeks to persuade the audience to accept his idea by making a reasonable claim and providing evidence to support it, because Donald Trump has the potential to be a positive force for the American economy. The purpose of this analysis is to identify how Trump uses discourse about a critical issue (the American economy) to portray a "us versus them" message. Two approaches to analysis were used in this study: Fairclough's CDA (2013) and Van Dijk's (2008). The outcome demonstrated power in his speech and demonstrated the closeness between Trump's administrations; additionally, his speech persuaded the people to accept his speech. As a result, the speech reflected both negative and positive aspects in lauding his administration's accomplishments.

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Published
2022-08-06
How to Cite
RahmaniahR., AsihY. U., & SuhatmadyB. (2022). Donald Trump’s Political Speech: A Critical Issue “us vs them”. Borneo Educational Journal (Borju), 4(2), 70-78. https://doi.org/10.24903/bej.v4i2.1026