The Rhetorical Art of Blame-Laying

As a public service, here are some things that are in no way responsible for creating a “climate of political violence” in the United States:

By contrast, the following are entirely responsible for creating a “climate of political violence” in the United States:

  • The use of disparaging metaphors in reference to the media or political opponents on the Left—because the words the Right uses really do matter.
  • The Deplorables—especially the ones who vote.
  • The (comparatively small number of) conservative media outlets.
  • The purportedly inherent association between right-wing politics and domestic terrorism.
  • President Trump.

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About Adam Ellwanger

Adam Ellwanger is an associate professor of English at the University of Houston – Downtown where he directs the M.A. program in rhetoric and composition. His new book, Metanoia: Rhetoric, Authenticity, and the Transformation of the Self, will be released from Penn State University Press in 2020. You can follow him on Twitter at @DoctorEllwanger

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