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The Erasure of the Other in Donald Trumps Political Discourse

Taher Ben Khalifa

Article Number - 65BBDAF4522E4  | Vol. 5(1), pp. 1-11, February 2024  | 
 Received: 9 December 2023 |  Accepted: 19 January 2024  |   Published: 1 February 2024

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This paper purports to study the erasure of the other in Trumps discourse. It consists of a theoretical and a practical part. The theories elaborated, in part one, are applied to analyze examples from Trumps speeches in part two. This is based on Van Dijks triangulation of discourse, society, and cognition. To apply this approach, a simple method is used. First, the textual traces of erasure are pointed out. Second, the data are categorized and analyzed. Third, the findings are interpreted and discussed. The results demonstrate that: a) erasure manifests itself at various levels of discourse; b) erasure is the result of power abuse; and c) erasure is ideologically monitored to re-shape different realities. These ideologies revolve around concepts like interests, victory, gain, control, and domination. Finally, the paper brings theoretical and practical contributions to the study of erasure and high-lights the need to use other theories like psychology. By high-lighting this, the paper leaves the doors open for further investigations on how politicians use language to remove their counter parts and how researchers can fights erasure.


Keywords: Trump, Othering, Erasure, Rejection, Denigration, Minimization, Marginalization, Silencing, Ideology.




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Taher Ben Khalifa

Department of English, Higher Institute of Applied Studies in Humanities, University of Gafsa, Gafsa, Tunisia. E-mail: [email protected], Tel.: +216 25 065 755



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Ben Khalifa, T. (2024). The Erasure of the Other in Donald Trumps Political Discourse. Archives of Political Science Research, 5(1), 1-11.



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