Thursday, February 4, 2016

Donald Trump: Emperor Non Sequitur

In the Presidential Race, Donald Trump has said a plethora of logical fallacies. In the 2nd Republican debate, the moderator brought up a quote Donald Trump said about Carly Fiorina in an interview for Rolling Stone. In reference to Fiorina Trump said, “look at that face, would anyone vote for that, can you imagine that, the face of our next President.”

Donald Trump executed a very nice, yet very hurtful, non sequitur. Trump insinuated that because Fiorina is “unattractive,” she would make a bad president. This faulty cause and effect relationship is what makes an argument a non sequitur. A candidate's appearance has absolutely nothing to do with how good of a president they would be. Those two things are entirely unrelated and Donald Trump’s connection is completely unjustified. Trump tried to defend himself by saying he was talking about Fiorina's "persona." His defense was a little too late and because everyone knows what he actually meant. This insult just adds to the variety of insults and illogical arguments Donald Trump has made over the course of Campaign 2016.


  1. I think you did a great job of explaining what your logical fallacy is along with explaining how Trump uses it and how it strengthens his argument. Nice work!

  2. I think this is also quite interesting because it shows the sexism that exists in our society today. Something like this would never be said about a man, but because Fiorina is a woman, she is being attacked and seen as incapable because of her looks. It is interesting to see how gender is playing a role in this election.