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.
What’s the best place to eat in College Station?
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.
Who is your favorite demagogue, living or dead?
I do find Donald Trump very entertaining.
What student habit most bothers you?
What speech or address do you most admire?
What salad dressing best describes you?
Netflix or Amazon Prime?
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.
Who was the last politician who inspired you?
Barack Obama, though Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker are also inspiring.
Where do you go to be alone?