Trump’s Dangerous Metaphor: A Podcast with George Lakoff

In June, 2016, I spoke to a group of chief executives and other senior officers from 129 of the largest public companies in the U.S. and Canada. My topic was “What Kind of President Would Each of the Leading Presidential Candidates from Both Major Parties Make?”

When I said that Donald Trump would be the most “problematic – even dangerous – candidate,” I got immediate pushback from about 15 of the executives. I explained that, if elected, Trump would view government employees – especially those he appointed to cabinet positions but also including the men and women elected as Republicans to the House of Representatives and Senate – as if they reported to him and worked for him rather than working on behalf of the citizens of the U.S.

That statement triggered angry comments, including one from a Fortune 500 CEO that I “get off” the platform and “get out of here.” Another man (representing a TV network) said, “If you thought you could have a career as a talking-head, it’s over.” Taking compassion, the moderator thanked me and dismissed me with 15 minutes left before the next coffee break.

What might those businessmen think now? I know that one of the most respected analysts in the field – George Lakoff of UC Berkeley – published “The President Is The Nation: The Central Metaphor Trump Lives By” in February and has just released a podcast that underscores Trump’s attitude. Please let me know what you think.

Listen to the podcast…

 

About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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