- Rightwing alliance plots assault to ‘defund and defang’ public sector unions | US news | The Guardian – Defund and defang. The right does alliteration. But the real interest is in the letter and the tribal constructions it uses. – (unions politics unionization rhetoric )
- Hurricane Harvey Exposes Trump’s Empathy Deficit – The Atlantic – A shot at the rhetorical situation, but a miss. The Atlantic does rhetorical analysis. – (rhetoric politics rhetorical_situation )
- As Harvey Drowns Houston, Trump Struggles to Contain Himself | Vanity Fair – Who knew leadership could be so HARD! Cultural tourism can be so tedious. Especially at a distance. Look to the sequence of statements.
> Since the rain began falling, however, Trump has struggled to respond to the first natural disaster of his presidency with anything other than contrived seriousness at best, morbid fascination at worst.
> “Record setting rainfall,” Trump observed, before quickly getting in a plug for a friend’s book. “Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground,” he noted. “Wow – Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!” – (rhetoric politics trump )