The Rhetorical Art of Blame-Laying

By | 2018-10-27T16:06:47-07:00 October 28th, 2018|
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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 the Author:

Adam Ellwanger
Adam Ellwanger is an associate professor of rhetoric at the University of Houston-Downtown. His book, The Rhetoric of Personal Transformation: Metanoia, Ethos, and the Reinvention of the Self, will be published by Penn State University Press in early 2020.