Persuasive Essay On The Art Of War

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private email server and her husband’s infidelity. On the flip side, the Clinton camp also sought to exploit Trump’s penchant for speaking in a crass manner, citing the numerous occasions in which he said bombastic, incendiary and offensive remarks. The most direct application of The Art of War’s advice as it relates to using the enemy against oneself, comes from Clinton’s numerous advertisement which are comprised entirely of Donald Trump saying and behaving in a manner that may would find offensive. By using Trump’s own actions against him: mocking disabled reporters, calling women “pigs”, claiming that African Americans were living in “hell” and calling Mexicans “rapists” and “murders”, Secretary Clinton was able to make a persuasive case as to why Trump was disqualified to hold the office of President of the United States. The ability to respond to circumstances is, yet another theme harped on within The Art of War that is also applicable in politics. The Art of War states, “According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans (Sunzi I, 17). In the context of the 2016 election, reading and responding to one’s …show more content…
The similarities between warfare and elections is what enables many of the tactics in the art of war to seamlessly be used in a different arena. How the two campaigns were able to strategized with their assessment of themselves, their opponent and the environment in consideration, dictated the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Future campaigns would be wise to learn from what these respective campaigns did correctly, to learn from their mistakes and to attempt to adhere to some of the major themes in The Art of War if they want to have the best chance of emerging

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