The Birth Certificate dilemma: Obama and Donald Trump
The video I have chosen for this assignment is one that describes the debate between Donald Trump and President Obama about the possibility that Obama might have not been born in America. Good Morning America discusses whether Trump is running for President or for the ratings. Since Trump has run for office, a big part of his campaign had been accusing Obama of not being born in the US and having pulled one of the “greatest cons in the history of politics”. Trump, as a “good entertainer” plays with people’s emotions, and in this case trying to strike rage that the President could be lying to his people. This type of campaign which directs attacks someone’s credibility by linking them to a “suspicious” act is an ethical fallacy, specifically known as guilt by association. Trump is trying to attack Obama himself instead of focusing on the actual problems of the US. He is trying to link Obama to the “suspicious” activity of not being an American citizen. Trump has a logical fallacy in his argument against Obama because he has no evidence that Obama was not born in the United States, and has false authority because he hosts a TV show, the Apprentice, and is not an expert in the arena of official documents. Therefore, this video uses pathos, ethos, and logos to create a specific goal.