This week’s events in Trumpworld left many political observers reeling, trying desperately to keep up with the news feed and head-over-heels pace of upheaval, outlandish statements, and performance spectacle.
About Jonathan Riehl
He is currently completing a book on the modern legal conservative movement. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, where his doctoral work focused on the Federalist Society. Riehl is an opinion contributor to state and national political publications focusing on conservative political rhetoric and debate.
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I teach college undergraduates in communications and public speaking and the president of the United States has been making my job a lot harder.
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With President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, much attention has been paid to his fulsome praise of the late Antonin Scalia, the conservative hero whose seat he […]
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Forty-four years ago Woody Allen delivered one of his masterpieces — a sophisticated slapstick about a New York health food store owner who awakens from a cryogenic sleep to discover almost everything […]
President Donald Trump’s inaugural address was relatively short (at 16 minutes) and completely without parallel.
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This was Donald Trump’s dismissive response to Congressman John Lewis a few days ago, after the Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights icon called the president-elect “illegitimate.”
In the same year that the United States of America normalized relations with the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), Michael Douglas produced his first film, starring himself and Jack Lemmon, about a […]
Much continues to be made of President-elect Trump’s use of Twitter as a means of communicating his personal and political pronouncements to the country and to the world; indeed, one thing about […]
The current debate over “fake news” and whether or not the Trump campaign somehow benefitted from our increasingly inability to distinguish fact from fiction — or fact from opinion — begs a […]
Sadly, Wednesday marked our final opportunity to issue our Presidential Debate Awards, 2016 edition. No Trumpian stalking around the town hall corral tonight, but some fiery barbs nonetheless.
In Sunday’s debate Hillary Clinton found herself a bit tripped up when asked about a purported quotation from one of her “secret” Wall Street speeches made public by WikiLeaks.
As a follow up to our Vice Presidential Debate Awards, our attempt at levity in this year’s second rhetorical contest between the two at the top of the ticket.
Tim Kaine and Mike Pence “debated” Tuesday night for 90 minutes, and, in order to inject some levity into this otherwise painful second installment of this ongoing miniseries of political schadenfreude, we […]
Almost everything that can be said has been said about the strange, nocturnal, variously offensive, vulgar, and silly tweets recently unleashed by Donald J. Trump on anyone he dislikes, for reasons real […]