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US Election: 8 most-used phrases by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

WION New Delhi, India Nov 01, 2016, 10.50 AM (IST)

Intro

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, peppers his freewheeling speeches with buzzwords that pack a punch. Hillary Clinton, the Democrat, on the other hand, takes the unexciting high road in her more rehearsed stump speeches.

While both of them may have a different style of discourse, there is one thing that is common between the two presidential candidates. And that is their habit to use a certain set of terminology, or better say catchphrases, during their campaigns and in their speeches.

Let’s first take a look at some classic Trump-isms:

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This is one of Donald Trump's most-used words. (WION)

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One of Donald Trump's most used words is "disaster". The Republican candidate applies it to everything from the Iran nuclear accord to Barack Obama's health care plan to Clinton.

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Donald Trump often has a simple response - "Believe me." (WION)

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To the many fact-checkers who often call Donald out for contradictory or false statements in speeches, debates or on Twitter, the bombastic Republican candidate has a simple response - "Believe me."

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Trump's slogan to woo voters. (WION)

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Trump regularly deploys his "America first" slogan in an attempt to woo voters in the "Rust Belt" - a region spanning from the midwest to the northeast that is facing severe economic decline in the face of de-industrialisation. The phrase also serves as a key tool in Trump's foreign policy arsenal.

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Donald Trump regularly says that the elections are "rigged" against him. (WION)

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Trump has doubled and tripled down on claims that the elections are "rigged" against him. With his incessant reminders that a vast rigging conspiracy could be underway, Trump intends to "remind people of how they have lost status" and sway in electoral decisions, says Martin Medhurst of Baylor University in Texas.

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Another catchphrase that is often used by Trump. (WION)

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Trump's "Crooked Hillary" epithet has become commonplace at rallies and on social media.

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Hillary's way to play on the Republican candidate's last name. (WION)

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Clinton has borrowed the equal rights slogan "love trumps hate" to cast her own platform as one of acceptance, while disparaging her rival's as hostile in a play on the Republican candidate's last name.

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Unlike the Republican candidate Trump, Hillary Clinton boasts fewer buzzwords than her rival. Linguistics expert Medhurst says it is because "she has a much broader strategy and so she's going to be using different kinds of language to describe different parts”.

Hillary Clinton regularly repeats the phrase, "if you want to play the woman's card, deal me in." (WION)

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The potential first female president of the United States has been often seen saying the phrase, "if you want to play the woman's card, deal me in." After Trump suggested that Clinton's gender, "the woman's card", was her only asset in the race, the candidate adopted this tagline.

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Hillary's way to play on the Republican candidate's last name. (WION)

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Clinton has borrowed the equal rights slogan "love trumps hate" to cast her own platform as one of acceptance, while disparaging her rival's as hostile in a play on the Republican candidate's last name.

 

 

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Hillary appropriated these words from First Lady Michelle Obama. (WION)

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Clinton regularly uses the phrase "when they go low, we go high" to draw supporters appalled by the sometimes offensive language of Trump. She appropriated the words from First Lady Michelle Obama, who used the motto in a speech that electrified viewers at the Democratic National Convention.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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