Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
Joseph P. Zompetti
The presidency of Donald Trump set the stage for new forms of rhetoric that shaped national perceptions of different groups. Operating in different conjunctural moments, Trump used his Twitter account as a weapon to repetitively vilify different racial identities. Through negative representations of Black Lives Matter protestors and immigrants, Trump created a culture of incivility and hatred. Using these negative representations, Trump created necropolitical conditions that justified violence in the United States. This thesis will be a critical discourse analysis that examines how Trump was able to create the culture of incivility during his presidency.KEYWORDS: conjuncture, necropolitics, representations, rhetoric, nationalism
Thornhill, Zach, "Make America Kill Again: a Critical Discourse Analysis of Donald Trump’s Necropolitical Representations through Conjunctural Use of Twitter during His Presidency" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 1579.