Chapter published in:Language Aggression in Public Debates on Immigration
Edited by Andreas Musolff
[Benjamins Current Topics 102] 2019
► pp. 101–121
"A great and beautiful wall"
Donald Trump's populist discourse on immigration
This paper focuses on Trump’s aggressive language on immigration. By analyzing a data set made of public speeches, interviews, and statements from Trump’s official website, the paper will look at how certain lexico-grammatical and intertextual choices in Trump’s representation of immigration display all the typical features of a populist agenda. Trump’s texts will be analyzed according to Wodak’s Discourse-Historical approach: Trump’s own “politics of fear” and language on immigration are evidence of the strong currency held by values associated with right-wing, ethno-nationalist populism, once the core ideological tenets only of certain fringe movements such as the Tea Party, but now firmly established in mainstream politics.
Keywords: discourse analysis, immigration, populism, racism, Trump
Published online: 24 April 2019