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“I am no orator, as Brutus is;
But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man.”  – Julius Caesar

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, writer Mark Thompson argues that Trump’s ‘I just tell it like it is’ style of speech is actually a historically familiar rhetorical style, shared by Mark Antony, Silvio Berlusconi, and Adolf Hitler.  It is an “anti-rhetoric” rhetoric, which aims at taking a dig at the establishment by pretending to be uber authentic.  It’s been done before, and, frankly, not by leaders we necessarily admire.

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