The Covfefe Kerfuffle: A Discursive Reasing of Contemporary U.S. Politics
Presidential rhetoric routinely seeks to define the American social reality in order to unite the nation, which is kept in check by the press. Developments in the media and entertainment industry, as well as the advent of social media, have the potential to seriously damage this balance of power, allowing political rhetoric to radicalize and intoxicate democratic civil society. This paper takes a close reading at President Trump’s covfefe tweet as a representative case study for contemporary presidential rhetoric and its reception. Through following the history of presidential rhetoric and looking at the current rhetorical resistance against Trump, this paper seeks to find ways of turning towards a more rational political discourse in the future.
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