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Thompson on President Trump & Rhetoric: NECN

Communications Studies senior lecturer Keri Thompson spoke with Sue O’Connell of NECN for “Sue’s Take” regarding rhetoric and the importance of words, particularly as they relate to President Donald Trump and the insurrection at the Capitol Building last week. Thompson’s research specialties include nonverbal communication and image, political communication, social media, rhetoric and language.

Last week, if you saw him during that speech before we saw the insurrection at Capitol Hill, he very much was inciting that type of behavior and that type of violence, and a lot of the word choices he used were very much fighting words. They were words that you would hear possibly a military leader use; they invoked a desire to fight and battle.

Watch the NECN segment.

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