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Takeaways from Biden and Trump’s dueling visits to the border

President Joe Biden and his political opponent Donald Trump both agree: The situation along the US-Mexico border needs to change.

Michael Williams


February 29, 2024

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Straw Man, Appeal to Emotion, False Dilemma, Biased Language

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This account of the contrasting approaches of President Joe Biden and Donald Trump to U.S.-Mexico border issues is rich in rhetorical strategies that often distort the argumentative landscape. Biden's attempt to position himself as seeking bipartisan solutions, contrasted with Trump's direct blaming of Biden for border-related crimes, employs a Straw Man tactic, simplifying and misrepresenting the opponent's stance for easier attack. The narrative heavily uses Appeal to Emotion, especially in Trump's vivid descriptions of crimes attributed to migrants, aiming to provoke fear and outrage rather than a reasoned understanding of immigration complexities. The discourse presents a False Dilemma by suggesting that the only choices are strict border control or unchecked immigration, ignoring a spectrum of potential policy solutions. Biased Language is pervasive, with Trump's characterization of migrants in dehumanizing terms and Biden's implications about Republican obstructionism, each designed to sway opinions through emotional resonance rather than factual debate. This mix of fallacies and biased expressions complicates an objective analysis of the border policy debate, emphasizing political divides over constructive discourse.

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