Episode 25

Shutdown Showdown


January 18th, 2019

1 hr 3 mins 21 secs

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About this Episode

The government shutdown has stretched on longer than any previous shutdown and Donald Trump was eager to address the American people and frame the debate. In this episode we break down his oval office address, where he was given air time by the major TV networks, as well as the much shorter Democratic response by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

In this fascinating episode you'll learn:

  • Donald Trump's new term for those crossing the border illegally, and why redefining it makes his argument more acceptable to his base
  • How Trump's speaking style in his oval office address differs from the Trump rally speeches, what we hear and what we don't
  • Mexico's indirect funding for the wall and the 'story arc'
  • How he implies implicit approval by Democrats that we should build a wall (presupposition)
  • Framing of creating a wall as a humanitarian disaster; suggesting the other side doesn't have empathy
  • Trump's "love" for the people, personification and persuasive quotes
  • Which part of the brain is Nancy Pelosi appealing to, and is it effective?
  • Chuck Schumer's thematic appeals and the Parent / Principal frame

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