The Constituents Will Eat it Up: How Food Affected Political Identity in the 2016 Presidential Election by Lauren Hince

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Title

The Constituents Will Eat it Up: How Food Affected Political Identity in the 2016 Presidential Election by Lauren Hince

Subject

Rhetorical Criticism

Description

From taco bowls to eating pizza with a fork, food has remained a topic of conversation surrounding political campaigns. The 2016 presidential election cycle was no exception. Faced with two candidates who defied the presidential mold, both campaigns had to find unique ways to connect with voters. Food, when used correctly, can be a powerful identification tool that shapes politician’s image. Always seen eating fast-food, Trump’s food choices gave him the nickname “the blue-collar billionaire.” By comparison, the Clinton campaign used fresh and local foods to soften her image. Both decisions reflect the rhetorical significance food can play on our political system. Through my analysis, I will attempt to answer the question: "How was food used by campaigns to alter candidates’ image?” I analyze the food choices made by Clinton and Trump campaign, and examine how these decisions affected the campaigns’ overall strategy; leading to the outcome of the 2016 election.

Creator

Lauren Hince

Source

Senior Showcase Oral presentation

Publisher

Ripon College

Date

April 17, 2018

Rights

The author reserves all rights.

Format

pdf

Identifier

Majors: Communication, Politics and Government

Blaine, Minnesota
Rhetorical Criticism

Files

Hince Depauw paper 2018.pdf

Citation

Lauren Hince, “The Constituents Will Eat it Up: How Food Affected Political Identity in the 2016 Presidential Election by Lauren Hince,” Senior Showcase Digital Collection, accessed December 16, 2018, https://rcseniorshowcase.omeka.net/items/show/97.

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