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How Trump's language shifted in the weeks leading up to the Capitol riot – 2 linguists explain

By Roger J. Kreuz, Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis
Leah Cathryn Windsor, Research Assistant Professor, University of Memphis
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On Jan. 6, the world witnessed how language can incite violence.

One after another, a series of speakers at the “Save America” rally at the Ellipse in Washington redoubled the messages of anger and outrage.

This rhetoric culminated with a directive by the president to go to the Capitol building to embolden Republicans in Congress to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

“Fight like hell,” President Donald…

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