There are ten forms of argument that are not considered rational arguing methods. Following these ten laws or rhetoric should help you keep your argument on course.

  1. Do not attack a person’s charactetrumpr, but the argument. (No ad hominem counters.)

  2. Do not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack. (Avoid the straw man fallacy.)

  3. Do not use small numbers to represent the whole. (Don’t make a hasty generalization.)

  4. Do not argue by assuming one of your premises is true. (Do not beg the question.)

  5. Do not claim that, just because something occurred before, it must be the cause. (Post hoc ergo propter hoc or False Cause arguments). These are especially loved by political air-heads.)

  6. Do not reduce the argument to two possibilities. (Do not create a false dichotomy.)

  7. Do not argue that because of our ignorance, your claim must be true [or false]. (Ad ignorantum arguments only show the ignorance of the speaker.)

  8. Do not lay the burden of proof on the questioner. (Do not reverse the burden of proof.)

  9. Do not assume “this” follows “that” when it has no logical connection. (Do not make non sequitur arguments.)

  10. Do not claim that a premise is true because it is popular. (Avoid the bandwagon fallacy.)

Donald Trump violates so many of these. He attacks the judge, not his argument (#1). He seems more concerned about his reputation than his facts (10, sort of). He says he had helped working people, even though the economic uptick occurred entirely under his predecessor (#9). An you can easily go on.

Based on this it is clear Trump is a substance abuser. He abuses the substance of his arguments. He is also a rechthaberei.  Actually Strumpet is much farther over the line than that.

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