CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
In the Green Room

Historian of American Political Rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca

I Do Find Donald Trump Very Entertaining

Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, historian of American political rhetoric, is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University in College Station and is working on a book on the 2016 election tentatively titled, The Rhetorical Brilliance of Donald Trump, Demagogue for President. Before joining a Zócalo/Getty “Open Art” panel discussion entitled “How Does Democracy Survive Demagoguery?” she talked in the Zócalo green room about College Station food, Gettysburg, and politicians who inspire.

Q:
What’s the best place to eat in College Station?

A:
That’s controversial. If you’re going to get barbecue, go to J. Cody’s because they have amazing creamed corn. If you want something a little bit fancier, there is a wall of brown liquor at the Republic Steakhouse.

Q:
Who is your favorite demagogue, living or dead?

A:
I do find Donald Trump very entertaining.

Q:
What student habit most bothers you?

A:
Closed-mindedness.

Q:
What speech or address do you most admire?

A:
Gettysburg Address.

Q:
What salad dressing best describes you?

A:
Balsamic vinaigrette.

Q:
Netflix or Amazon Prime?

A:
I have a 3 year old. Some of the things she watches are on Netflix, some are on Amazon Prime ... I’m going to go with Netflix.

Q:
Who was the last politician who inspired you?

A:
Barack Obama, though Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker are also inspiring.

Q:
Where do you go to be alone?

A:
My office.

*Photo by Jake Fabricius.