Edited by Angela Smith and Michael Higgins
[Journal of Language and Politics 19:1] 2020
► pp. 48–70
Sexism in President Trump’s tweets
The present paper is part of an overview of the discursive manifestations of the U.S. President Trump’s sexist attitudes and practices. Drawing upon Mills’ model of sexism (2008) and Van Dijk’s socio-cognitive framework (2006), the study will analyse a corpus of all the negative Tweets against women tweeted by President Trump since the beginning of his 2016 campaign (July 2015) to February 2019. The study sheds a light on how President Trump’s vocabulary perpetuates a male-centric hierarchy. Considering the outcome of the 2016 elections, it can be said that his ideology has had a significant impact, particularly amongst his supporters. His political ascendency speaks to how these ideological beliefs risk to become dangerously ingrained in language and society.
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