Texts about Donald Trump

Speeches by Donald Trump

Trump's Presidential Announcement Speech

Trump used this 2015 speech to formally declare his intention to run for President. It gives a good overview of the main issues his campaign was based around, and also serves as an early example of his non-standard political rhetoric. The most infamous part of the speech is Trump's highly offensive remarks about Mexican immigrants. 

Trump's Republican Nomination Acceptance Speech

Trump made this speech when he won the nomination to be the Republican candidate for President. Trump outlines his political program and tries to argue that he is a much better candidate than his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump's Immigration Speech

Though this speech was made before Trump became President, it provides a good overview of his stance on illegal immigration and border security. He outlines a number of planned policies to prevent illegal immigration, the most important one being the border wall (which he promises Mexico will pay for).  

Trump's 2016 Victory Speech

Trump made this speech on the night of the 2016 presidential election, once it had become clear that he was the winner. The speech is unusually restrained and diplomatic compared to many of Trump's other speeches, as he tries to present a message of unity and cooperation.

Trump's Inaugural Address

Trump made this speech when he took office in January 2017. He paints a dark picture of the current state of the US, but promises a brighter future under his leadership. He states that he will make America great and strong once more. 

Speeches and articles about Donald Trump

" 'Dreamers Put their Trust in DACA. What Now?" by Jose Antonio Vargas

This opinion article is a criticism of Trump's uncompromising stance on illegal immigration. An illegal immigrant himself, Vargas describes the many difficulties he has faced in his life, and worries that things will become much worse for his fellow immigrants, whose ability to stay in the US are now uncertain.

Michelle Obama's 2016 DNC Speech

Michelle Obama made this speech in support of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Though she does not directly mention Trump, she makes obvious hints towards his controversial remarks and behaviour, and suggests that he is not fit to become President, and that he would be a poor role model.

"Trump is a Climax of American Masculinity" by James Hamblin

In this opinion article, James Hamblin speculates that part of the reason for Trump's popularity and ability to survive scandals is the traditional masculine ideals he tries to embody, which resonate well with certain groups within the US. 

Other texts

Below are further suggestions for texts that may be relevant when working with Donald Trump. 

Anonymous - "I am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" (2018 essay)

Skinnell, Ryan et al. - Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump (2018 book)

Trump, Donald - The Art of the Deal (1987 book)

Trump, Donald - Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America (2016 book)

Wolff, Michael - Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (2018 book)

Woodward, Bob - Fear: Trump in the White House (2018 book)