Were their explanations and examples clear and accurate? Identify any problems/errors in their logic or explain why you agree with their rationale. Make sure your responses are substantive and contribute extra to the discussion.
The debate I chose to analyzed for rhetorical devices is between Trump and Biden while they discuss law and order.
Forty seconds into the video Trump asks Biden “are you in favor of law and order”? This is a loaded question because the subject of the debate is about law and order so if Biden were to say he is not in favor of law and order then Trump would use that statement against him arguing how he is unfit to be president. On the other hand if Biden were to say yes he believes in law and order then Trump would argue that his actions and polices don’t support law and order. By Trump asking this question it places Biden in a lose-lose situation. I think Trump phrased this question with the goal to back Biden into a corner and make him appear as if he doesn’t believe in law and order which is not the case. Biden and Trump do not believe in the same type of law and order and they value different aspects of it. In our textbook on page 49, a load question is described as “implies something without coming out and saying it”. Trump phrased his question with the goal of making Biden appear to not believe in law and order to the audience.
In the second half of the video Biden used a downplayer to answer one of Trumps questions. A downplay is explain in our book on page 144 as “an attempt to make someone or something look less important or less significant”. Biden was asked by the moderator what his vision is for reimaging the police and after Biden’s statement Trump asked Biden to “name one (law enforcement) group who supports you”. To which Biden replied “we don’t have time”. Biden’s response is a downplayer because he had plenty of time to identify any of his supporting groups but he didn’t have the groups off the top of his head. By claiming that there isn’t enough time he was trying to dismiss the question as if it was not of importance to the topic. I don’t think Biden used this rhetorical device intentionally but more as a diversion to a question that he didn’t have an answer to at the moment.
The context of the argument in the link below is the first presidential debate for the 2020 election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The reason for a debate is to give the candidates an opportunity to share their opinions and policy proposals, under constraint. They are typically asked a question and given 2 minutes to respond uninterrupted.
In the video, rhetorical devices are used quite a bit. “Everybody knows he’s a liar” (Biden, 2020, 0:10). “He wants to shut down this county, destroy this country” (Trump, 2020, 1:12). These are both examples of hyperbole. Hyperbole is an extravagant statement or exaggeration (Moore and Parker, p. 151). I do believe both speakers used these intentionally, whether the understood the rhetoric behind what they were saying. They had a goal of tearing their opponent down.
Another rhetorical device used was sarcasm and ridicule. “Did you use the word smart? You graduated lowest or almost lowest in your class” (Trump, 2020, 0:39). This is used to get a laugh at the expense of another (Moore and Parker, p.151). This was absolutely intentionally used by the speaker.
Unfortunately, there was no audience to view this debate in person. However, I image when watching the broadcast, the audience can pick up on these devices being used because there were many of them. There were so many that the moderator had to intervene multiple times, causing him to become frustrated.
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