"Ask a handful of Donald Trump supporters what first caught their attention about the GOP nominee, and you're bound to hear a few familiar responses — among them, the impression that the business tycoon "tells it like it is."
He's a "straight shooter" who comes off as lively and spontaneous at rallies, on social media, and at debates. He gives off the impression of being a man of the people despite the fact that he lives in a literal gold tower.
What many probably don't notice about Trump's arguments, however, is that they're bad. They're really, really bad.
When you detach Trump's words from his bluster, what might seem like convincing arguments are actually just highly-rehearsed rhetorical tricks.
Stripped bare, Trump sidesteps having to argue his position by using common rhetorical devices instead. While persuasive (after all, he has millions of supporters), these arguments tend to be without substance and well ... bad.
See, not all arguments are created equal. In fact, some arguments are just plain bad. They use logical fallacies (flaws in thinking) to make a point that may not be true. And that's all the more reason to learn to identify them when you see them." – Upworthy
1. The "straw man" argument.
2. The ad hominem argument.
3. The "appeal to fear" argument.
4. The "personal incredulity" and "appeal to ignorance" arguments.
5. The "bandwagon" argument.
6. The "black and white" argument.
7. The "slippery slope" argument.
8. The "genetic fallacy" argument.
9. The "anecdote" argument.