President Trump uses all forms of propaganda

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

     After watching Trump in power for one week, my mind went back to something I learned in college. I learned what propaganda was and the techniques that are used to implement it. Propaganda in simple terms is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view or product or service – in general, the information is designed to persuade its intended audience to think and behave in a certain manner.” What we are not seeing in Washington, D.C. is a master in the use of propaganda – his name is Donald Trump. What follows are some common techniques he is using to spread his propaganda.

     Bad Names and Glad Names: Trump is a master at this one – do you remember names like “Little Marco,” “Low Energy Jeb,” “Crooked Hillary,” “The Leaker of Fake News,” “the media are the most dishonest human beings on earth.” He sounds like a 12-13-year-old – they like to call each other names.

     Transfer and Scapgoating and Lies: This means he wants to transfer your thinking from your own view to his view and blame somebody else. For example, he claimed there were a million to a million and a half people at the inauguration, when there were probably only half a million. So what he does is make the media the “scapegoat” with the intention of getting people to forget his lies and blame the media.

     Another good example of this is Trump saying the reason Hillary got nearly three million more votes is that there were 3-5 million illegal voters and they all voted for her – the scapegoat = so-called illegal voters.

     Stacking the Cards and Lies: This means that only part of the story is being told by leaving out important facts or telling outright lies. For example, Kellyanne Conway (a Trump advisor) told NBC’s Chuck Todd that Press Secretary Sean Spicer had “alternative facts” in regard to the size of the inaugural crowd. What are those “alternative facts?” They are outright lies.

     Plain Folks: This means ordinary people agree with me and my policies. In his inaugural speech, he appealed to the plain folks in America by stating that “For too long a small group in our nation’s capital have reaped the rewards of government while the people did not share in its wealth.” Then why did he nominate the richest cabinet in modern U.S. history? These cabinet picks have more wealth than the poorest one-third of U.S. households combined. It kind of looks like they may have “reaped some of the rewards of government.”

     Bandwagon: This means that people are swarming to get on my wagon and support me. Well, Donald, it didn’t look like it last weekend when there were demonstrations all over the world opposing your election and your policies. And remember Hillary got nearly three million more popular votes than you did – they obviously weren’t anxious to jump on your bandwagon.

     Testimonials: This means that people will testify to how great or terrible someone is. We saw a lot of those during the campaign. Donald, some of those people did not speak too highly about your character or business practices.

     I’m encouraging your readers to cut this out of the paper so the next time you see or listen to Donnie, you can examine this list and figure out which technique(s) he is using.

     Now, a more positive comment. I really hope that President Trump does some things for the COMMON GOOD – he will get some support from the Democrats. We are not going to be like the Republicans were to President Obama – they wished he would fail and they did everything they could to make that a reality.

Peter Bungum

Anamosa, Iowa

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