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Trumping Donald's Race Rhetoric

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 Election years are a particularly exciting time for Public Speaking educators like myself. Being able to connect theory and course material to the rhetoric and presentation styles of the presidential candidates creates relevancy and invites rich classroom discussion for my students. I have had some very colorful discussions in my class this semester centered around our presidential candidates and I knew that the second debate would be another opportunity for these conversations to continue.  I was eager to watch the second presidential debate since I knew that the content and delivery style of both candidates would be the hot topic in my classes this past Monday.
As I watched Hillary and Donald duke it out, I quickly noted the peculiar nonverbal behaviors of Trump.  He did many things I tell my students not to do- awkward movements , pacing back and forth, leaning on a chair, not making eye contact with his audience.Read he…