Clinton’s Creation of the Devil

We now know the results. Donald Trump has been elected as the next President of the United States and so many across the nation are heartbroken and afraid.

Hillary Clinton was a shining beacon for closing that gash of racial injustice within our country. For so many people she had rhetorically constructed herself as the golden warrior against the darkness of racial injustice. She was their savior. Now with the results of the election people are terrified. The terror and fear that Hillary Clinton pushed in regards to Donald Trump’s character and the lack of fighting that image on Trump’s part, has consumed so many United States citizens. They have found themselves in a rhetorically constructed “Hell”. Whether any of these policies or threats proposed by Trump actually go through, people have heard the rhetoric and are absolutely horrified of it.

People are so horrified that the day after the election results were announced there have been schools shut down, bomb threats, rallies, protests, and hundreds of acts of distaste towards the results. In CNN’s article Thousands take to the street to protest Trump win, the authors write about the overwhelming protests of thousands of US citizens in response to Trumps win. Clinton helped to construct as the anti-Christ in regards to inclusivity and diversity.

Dump Trump, Clinton Against Racists

We all know that Hillary Clinton has been for racial justice since the beginning of the her campaign. She has used her rhetoric to excite people of many different races. She also has painted her opponent, Donald Trump a racist. Since Clinton has spoken a lot about racial justice, in turn, creates this image that Trump is not for racial justice. We’ve talked about the effect of her campaign rhetoric on racial justice, but not the counter result of the rhetoric.


This political cartoon is an extension of Clinton’s rhetoric on racial justice. During her campaign, she used her rhetoric to show that Donald Trump is a racist. Originally, Donald Trump was backed by the Ku Klux Klan and never denied their support. He also got support from their leader, David Duke. Later, he said that he never heard of them and tried to deny their support, because he realized it was not a good idea to be supported by an openly racist organization. This cartoon shows Donald Trump saying he never heard of their support, but the cartoon also shows a member of the KKK looking at Donald Trump in a way that shows Trump knew about the support. This leaves an enthymematic response to the audience. Since Trump is standing next to two racist figures, it depicts him as a racist as well.

Another response that came from the Media, was a skit done by Saturday Night Live. If you fast-forward to 5:22, the same type of rhetoric about Trump trying to deny KKK support is shown. This shows that Clinton’s campaign have effectively continue the narrative that Trump is not for racial justice, or enough to raise suspicion.



The rhetoric of Trump being involved with the Ku Klux Klan has allowed Hillary to make an effective campaign rhetoric on racial justice. It is easy to create the image that she is all in for racial change, when her opponent is perceived as a racist.

What’s Important NOW?

Tomorrow’s election is very critical because voters will be turning up to the polls and casting their votes on this election. WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP?! Voters will be coming to the polls with many issues flowing through their minds before inking or electronically finalizing their votes to be processed. The voters will be coming to the polls with an idea in mind but many will not have made up their mind until just before casting their ballot, and the sad reality is that many will not even make it to the polls on what could be the biggest election ever for this country. Many will be heading to the polls with individual reasons as to who they cast their ballot for, for instance pro-life vs. pro-choice, foreign affairs, security, or economy. However, for many minorities it will be a huge day for the future of their livelihood in the United States. Obviously, because of the very opposing views that Clinton and Trump have on immigration make it a very pivotal piece of tomorrow’s vote.


Trump has really hurt himself when it comes to the immigrant vote with his comments on the national stage, however Clinton is known for being more of the open arms type when it comes to immigration. On one end of the spectrum you have someone who wants to build a wall and get rid of all immigrants without proper documentation. On the other end you have a woman who is more caring, sympathetic, and loving when it comes to people. For Clinton, it is bigger than documentation, Clinton sees people for who they are and would be more prone to take them under her wing, which illuminates an emotional response from the minority population. This is a way that Clinton continuously builds on her pathos and gains the upper hand on Trump and the minority vote. People see that Clinton is very open and willing to work with minorities/immigrants and these people are hurting and they find Clinton as the more appealing nominee.

Walk the talk, Hillary

As this election is on its last stretch, both candidates are finding out that focusing on the right groups of people to maximize your voters is more important than ever. Since the beginning of this cycle, the african american population has been a major force in deciding who takes the white house, and you can see how both candidates are changing their rhetoric (even if just by a little bit) to reel in more black votes. Now it’s no secret that Hillary has far more support from the black community than Donald does, but there is still a huge percentage of that population that is either undecided, or doesn’t like Clinton. She has realized this, and has been changing her message in the past couple of weeks to better connect and explain her interest in the Black community. In the past, many voters felt as though she “lacked a grasp of the issues” arising from major protesting in cities such as Baltimore or Ferguson, but has since then altered her rhetoric in her speeches to better exude a more involved and concerned presence.



Many young black voters have noticed this change in Clinton, after listening to her months before. “There was no platform the first time,” said 31 year old DeRay Mckesson.“There is a platform now. I reflected on the things I’ve heard her say, commit to and seen in writing, and that’s how I came to my decision.” Others are saying the same, describing her speeches as being well versed in the issues that really matter to African Americans. I think that her working together with movements such as Black Lives Matter and similar groups has really pushed her message of action and not just all talk like she has been for many years involving the black community. A lot of people are starting to see her rhetoric be backed up in real life and they like it much more than the way Trump is connecting with them.

Hillary Clinton’s Rhetoric By Way of Ads

One of the most powerful tools a campaign can use are ads. They are short, to the point, and can spread messages fast. Hillary Clinton is really effective with the kinds of ads her campaign puts out. They usually depict a group of people and what Trump has to say about them.

In one of Secretary Clinton’s ads regarding racial justice, she uses rhetorical tools beautifully. Everything from the images, wording, timing, music, etc. was perfect. In one particular ad, she used music that almost induces a state of fear. Over top, very loud and aggressive, is Mr. Trump’s voice talking about African Americans. It depicts how they have been treated at his rallies, and it’s almost impossible to not let it stir up emotion.

One of Secretary Clinton’s strategies that works amazingly well for her, especially on the topic of racial justice, is using Mr. Trump’s own words against him. Whether it’s his words regarding Hispanics, African-Americans, Immigrants, etc. there is plenty of material, and she takes full advantage of it.

Another fantastic ad depicts her speaking on and meeting with mothers of African Americans who have unjustly died at the hands of our criminal justice system. The narrator, music, imagery, once again paints this picture in your mind of Secretary Clinton fighting for racial justice (and trying to prevent Donald Trump from ruining all the work that has been done).

She is very talented at stirring up emotion in people and targeting her wanted audiences with her messages, especially ads during this campaign cycle.

Growing the Divide

In a society that is plagued by a seemingly ever increasing division of racial tension, this divide has not skipped the Presidential election process.

Secretary Hillary Clinton and business man Donald Trump have an extremely polar opposite voting base when it comes to race.

A photograph used in the article, This Race is About Race, by Susan Milligan
A photograph used in the article, This Race is About Race, by Susan Milligan

In this election Donald Trump rhetorically serves the role of a White supremacy culture in the eyes of the American Public. Many of his most outlandish statements resemble the opinions and fearful reactive comments of a challenged culture. For the United States public, he is the symbol of Caucasian dominance and cultural intolerance. In This Race Is About Race, by Susan Milligan, she discusses how Trump is supported by several racially intolerant groups. This has sparked a whole new discussion to this election. This election turned into the idea of being racially tolerant or being intolerant of diversity. This rhetoric has shifted many votes throughout the election.

Donald Trump gives Hillary the perfect backdrop to be seen as the racially just candidate. In this election her ratings with the African American and Latino voters are extraordinary. This shows a strong level of distaste by those groups towards Trump. She is rhetorically placed into the concept of being the resistance of Caucasian supremacy.  This is important because rhetorically she is now synonymous with racial acceptance for many voters. That changed many voters opinions from this being a general election to a moral vote. This alignment by Trump rhetorically shifted the voting lense of many voters. This is most interesting because of how the association of these societally agreed upon, “negative groups” can shift the rhetorical nature of the whole argument.

Wrong Topic, Wrong People

With the election looming next week, Hillary Clinton’s focuses her campaign towards North Carolina. A recent video by MSNBC shows Hillary Clinton campaigning at UNC Greensboro. According to the video, African American  millennials make up about 25% of the state votes. However the video states, Hillary Clinton has not done enough to convince young African Americans. 

Wrong People

MSNBC reports that Hillary Clinton has not focus her campaign on the younger generation. Her rhetoric is appealing to the older African American generations, but not the millennials that could decide this election. An article by Fiftythirtyeight, African American millennials do not have the same type of loyalty that their parents had towards the Democratic party. Also in the MSNBC video talks about how Clinton only gives speeches at Church’s which appeals to the older African American crowd, but not the millennials. Rhetorically, she needs to select a better location in order to reach millennials. In the video, the millennials said Clinton should increase her use of social media to reach the younger audience, because that’s where most of them spend their time nowadays. Social media use has increased since the last election and is an important factor.

Wrong Topics

The Fiftythirtyeight article says that African American millennials have the narrative that Clinton is untrustworthy. A lot of the millennials feel that her current rhetoric does not please the narrative that she is for racial justice. The video from MSNBC reports that millennials feel that Clinton does not talk about the things they want to hear. They want to hear about how she is going to increase and improve their future. Things such as, equal pay rate, job opportunity, and “old issues that their parents were dealing with” are justice that they want to see. They believe that Clinton’s rhetoric does not have the same connection that Barrack Obama had when it came to racial justice.

This is an interesting issue that Clinton overcome. On her website, there is information about her 125 billion dollar plan to help african american communities, but millennials want more specific information that pertain to them. Clinton needs to shift her rhetoric to fit the younger audience, and talk about racial justice that millennials can relate to. She needs to increase her use of social media in order to reach different channels of millennials.Lastly, going back to Speaker – Message – Audience, in this particular situation, it does not connect.



In North Dakota there is a havoc being stirred up because of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which could possibly end up destroying sacred places, and pose a huge ecological risk which could potentially poison a numerous amount of water supply. At the end of the day Clinton has yet to take a stance on this trending topic and by not taking it stance it is hurting her vote with the indigenous people of America. There is a number of Americans in this country that have indigenous backgrounds who could possibly feel oppressed as well as not defended by Clinton choosing to take the stance of  “silence”. When it comes down to it I can side with Hillary not wanting to speak out on how she feels about the situation because of the October surprises as well as the reopening of her investigation by the FBI. Clinton is not in a good spot to take a stance with everything going on around her. However, I do believe that which ever candidate comes out on this situation in the next couple of days could gain the indigenous vote through taking the most appealing stance. It is just a matter of which candidate will take the opportunity and run with it.



I believe Hillary needs to come out and use an emotional appeal (PATHOS), so she can solidify herself not only on caring for the people involved in this situation but also to solidify the indigenous vote. The people being affected by this are very worried for their health and what is going to happen in the process of the construction. Clinton needs to come out with a plan of action and what route will be most valuable to the benefit of the people affected. Everyone involved will be at ease when a plan of action comes out that will be appealing to the people. If Clinton does come out before Trump on this situation it will benefit her tremendously by increasing her ethos and painting her as the image of being a capable future Commander-in-Chief. However, if it is not appealing to them it could crash and burn and essentially lose the vote of the indigenous people because they will feel racially oppressed against. This is a pivotal situation that needs to benefitted by one of the candidates it is just a matter of which one will take it and run with it!


Concerned or Proud?



In these three presidential debates, Hillary Clinton had a common goal of appearing presidential by presenting a calm demeanor and seeming more loving toward america as a whole, compared to trump. During the first presidential debate, she used a very effective form of rhetoric to take a shot a trump’s view of our country and specifically our black neighborhoods. Since the start of his campaign he has criticized and taken a very negative view of minority and black communities in our country, sometimes attacking their culture as the reason for the violence. Hillary says otherwise saying that trump “paints such a dire negative picture of black communities in our country,”. She also goes on to express the fact that she sees a lot to be “proud of”  in those same communities for what they are doing to create opportunities for their children. Some could view this rhetoric as Hillary just being nice and defending that voter population, but I also see it as a very subtle form of an enthymeme as well without directly referencing what trump said. By taking a different path in talking about these people and the way that they live, she is somewhat making trump look like he doesn’t respect blacks/minorities. This only fuels the fire in the argument that he is a “racist” and she comes out at respectable in her views of the american people. I can’t say if this will work in making her look presidential, as there is the other group that might see her as not pressing the racial issue in the US enough. Even with his strong statements, Trump definitely appeals to those people ase he views this as one of his top priorities.


Racial Justice Means Justice For Immigrants, too…

When most people hear “racial justice” they think about the injustices happening to African-Americans (rightfully so due to all of the injustices they are suffering). But… Today we’re going to discuss Secretary Clinton’s stances and rhetoric when it comes to justice for immigrants of all different races.

If there’s one issue that really stands out in my mind as a huge issue that separates the two candidates in this election: it’s immigration. Donald Trump wants his infamous wall while Hillary Clinton wants the US to continue to be a country of opportunity for all people. The American Civil Liberties Union says that immigrants are the latest victims of racial profiling– mostly due to laws put in place by certain states; it’s becoming an obvious issue.

Secretary Clinton hardly ever fails to highlight Mr. Trump’s comments about immigrants and race. She brought up the issue in all of the debates. She is very good at shifting focus from herself to Mr. Trump and his hurtful words (whether you think this is a good thing or bad thing is up to interpretation). She has called him out in very direct ways: being the first person to not beat around the bush and call someone a racist on a televised presidential debate. Who wants to vote for someone who has called people who are in a position they may have been in or their friends or family, criminals, drug dealers, terrorists, and the like?

Secretary Clinton, as a speaker, is very effective in identifying her audience, and delivering the right message. A majority of legal immigrants will be voting for her. She has released ads, made speeches, and gotten amazing surrogates to deliver her message and gain voters.

Immigration reform is a huge issue that could really shape the US and our racial relations depending on which candidate pulls out a victory in November- for better or worse.