Political rhetoric over time in america over time. One thing that hasn’t changed is its presence. It has always been a major part of the American political system, and is used as a form of convincing voters who to vote for. It has always been used, but in different ways. In the early years of political rhetoric in America, it was used as a means to convince voters to vote for somebody, and was usually in the form of speeches. Once debating became a major part of American politics, rhetoric, and its role, started to change. The rhetoric turned from self-endorsement to attacks upon your opponent. People shifted towards attacking their opponent, in an effort to make the voters not like them. Since the debates began airing on tv, the attacks had to become more personal, to touch on the people at home, who would feel distanced from what is actually occurring. During the recent election, the attacks have even become more personal, especially with Donald Trump. He is very aggressively attacking Hillary, and insulting her personally. It has turned more towards attacking another person’s personalities, not their policies, which it used to be. It has also become less of telling the truth, and has become more about telling falsehoods about your opponent.