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“Sacrifice” in the Trump Era

Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, 25 Park Place, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30302-4089, USA
Religions 2019, 10(1), 34;
Received: 2 November 2018 / Revised: 7 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 8 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sacrifice and Religion)
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This article examines public conversations about sacrifice involving Donald Trump, his supporters and his critics. The author demonstrates that Trump, as a candidate and while president, has used specific discursive strategies in defining, ignoring and denigrating sacrificial acts. These strategies, as played out in conversations about sacrifice, distinguish Trump from previous presidents, maintaining his position as a “Washington outsider” even while in office and reinforcing his alignment with his base while isolating other communities within the country and sidelining the mainstream media. In redefining, dismissing and denigrating sacrifice, he undercuts prominent institutions (Congress, mainstream media) and publicly devalues specific communities within the United States. View Full-Text
Keywords: sacrifice; Trump; discourse; McCain; Evers sacrifice; Trump; discourse; McCain; Evers
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