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Super-Hyperbolic Man: Hyperbole as an Ideological Discourse Strategy in Trump’s Speeches

  • Ali Haif AbbasEmail author
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Abstract

This article attempts to study the use of hyperboles in Trump’s political speeches. Trump built his presidential campaign on a racist stage based on anti-immigration (anti-Muslims and Mexicans), anti-Obama, and anti-Clinton foreign policy. By following McCarthy and Carter (J Pragmat 36:149–184, 2004) approach, the article aims to find out how Trump uses hyperbole to achieve persuasive political interests. The article also aims to demonstrate how hyperbole as an ideological strategy plays a crucial role in the positive representation of Trump and the American natives, and the negative representation of other immigrants, Clinton’s foreign policy, and Obama’s administration. In order to achieve the aims, the data consist of (19) selected speeches spoken by Trump during his 2015–2016 election campaign. The article adopts a mixed method of both, qualitative and quantitative analysis in order to obtain credible results and also to overcome the subjective nature of the qualitative analysis. The results show that Trump uses different types of hyperbolic expressions such as number, amount and quantity, time, adjectives and adverbs of size, degree, and intensity, metaphor, repetition, polysyndeton, and complex modifications to persuade people, influence their minds, distract them away from Clinton, win the presidency, and become the 45th president of the United States of America.

Keywords

Hyperboles Overstatement Us-them discourse Trump Clinton Obama 

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    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=117813. “Remarks on Foreign Policy at the National Press Club in Washington, DC” April 27, 2016, 3511 words.
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    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=117790. “Remarks at Trump SoHo in New York City” June 22, 2016, 3364 words.
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    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=117815. “Remarks in Virginia Beach, Virginia” July 11, 2016, 2528 words.
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    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=117791. “Remarks Introducing Governor Mike Pence as the 2016 Republican Vice Presidential Nominee in New York City” July 16, 2016, 4177 words.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wasit UniversityWasitIraq

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