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Donald Trump: The king of ad hominem

Donald Trump: The king of ad hominem

February 04
03:08 2016

Harrison Long | Opinion Editor

@HarrisonGLong

The definition of ad hominem, as given by Merriam-Webster dictionary:

1. Appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect.

2. Marked by or being an attack on an opponent’s character rather than by an answer to the contentions made.

In the last 100-plus years there has not been such a haughty character running for president as Donald Trump.

Since announcing his candidacy for the Oval Office, the real estate mogul has not only made frequent use of the logical fallacy that is an ad hominem attack, he has given it supposed relevancy and made it entirely his own animal. Never before have the facts mattered so little and there has been so much weight behind calling someone a “liberal clown.”

Earlier this week, in an unexpected turn of events, Ted Cruz overtook the favored-to-win Donald Trump to seize a Republican victory in the Iowa caucus. In the hours that followed, Trump’s Twitter account fell silent for the first time in months as the foul-mouthed, non-toupee-wearing candidate sought to regroup and rebuild his image.

Let’s be clear: Donald Trump has done nothing in the last few months that should warrant a vote. He has attacked heads of state, members of Congress, other candidates and ultimately contributed nothing to the conversation of furthering the role of U.S. world leadership, despite his campaign’s slogan being “Make America Great Again!”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Trump has been making use of the ad hominem attack since his days feuding with Rosie O’Donnell on “The View.” In his response video to Rosie having made fun of his hair, Trump said, verbatim:

“Well Rosie is disgusting, both inside and out. You take a look at her and she’s a slob. She talks like a truck driver.”

Furthermore, Trump’s hostility toward Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly began in the first Republican debate last August when he was asked about having made such comments, which he boldly and proudly took ownership of. It was shocking, and considering how early in the campaign trail it was, perhaps even funny or refreshing. Trump had no chance, so why not just laugh it off?

Fast forward several months and many, many inappropriate comments later, the joke is over. To still have such momentum when having approached the entire election as his own personal cultish chapter meeting is as much saddening as it is telling. What could possess such a large number of citizens to back someone who would no longer even entertain as a reality show host?

It seems that the steam engine behind Trump’s railway to Hell is beginning to lose steam, however, even if his capacity to insult everyone who isn’t his supporter remains. After breaking his silence following the Iowa caucus, it is completely unsurprising the barrage of tweets pouring from his Twitter were insults much like those of months past.

The entire point being conveyed here is simple: those who have no argument, no clout and no point to share are the same people who resort to attacking those asking the tough questions. To back them not only hurts one’s credibility but also keeps issues from being properly addressed through bipartisanship and compromise.

It’s time to stump the Trump.

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  1. Ashley
    Ashley May 24, 22:14

    He apparently lacks any intelligence. He responds to an article about his exhaustive abuse of ad hominem in place of logical argument with what else but… more ad hominem. This is golden.

    He’s totally unqualified.

    “Anyone but Trump 2016.”

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