The Elements of Trumpism
New York Times
Ross Douthat, in his article “The Elements of Trumpism” discusses the 4 groups of supporters that Trump has in the election. His purpose is to convince anti-trump Americans that he isn’t all bad and inform them of who he would benefit if he were to win. His audience is Americans who dislike Trump and he uses a list style, personal anecdotes, and appeals to logos to inform his audience.
In this article, Douthat uses a list format in talking about the types of people who support Donald Trump. These four groups are the white working class, the opportunists, the institutionalists, and the inevitabilists. He uses one or two paragraphs per group and appeals to logos by using specific examples or people or groups from each section of supporters. He also quotes Orwell which also appeals to logos.
Finally, Douthat gives his own opinion, which puts the whole post in context. He is “anti-anti- Trump” which he describes as “not rooting for him to win, but appreciating his truth-telling on certain issues, his capacity to upset the stagnant status quo”. This allows the reader to understand Douthat’s bias on this topic.
Your opinion on Trump is very different than that of me. I do understand, though, your reasoning on why these four groups would support him. It was interesting how you put your post in a sort of list format. I also appreciated your specific examples.