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Communication in the Age of Trump


Edited By Arthur S. Hayes

Franklin Delano Roosevelt used radio fireside chats to connect with millions of ordinary Americans. The highly articulate and telegenic John F. Kennedy was dubbed the first TV president. Ronald Reagan, the so-called Great Communicator, had a conversational way of speaking to the common man. Bill Clinton left his mark on media industries by championing and signing the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996 into law. Barack Obama was the first social media presidential campaigner and president. And now there is President Donald J. Trump.

Because so much of what has made Donald Trump’s candidacy and presidency unconventional has been about communication—how he has used Twitter to convey his political messages and how the news media and voters have interpreted and responded to his public words and persona—21 communication and media scholars examine the Trump phenomenon in Communication in the Age of Trump. This collection of essays and studies, suitable for communication and political science students and scholars, covers the 2016 presidential campaign and the first year of the Trump presidency.

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9. Goodbye Neighbor: Mexican News Coverage of the Trump Wall and U.S. Immigration Proposals (Melissa A. Johnson / Héctor Rendón)


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9. Goodbye Neighbor: Mexican News Coverage of the Trump Wall and U.S. Immigration Proposals


Department of Communication, North Carolina State University


Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, North Carolina State University

Relationships between countries around the globe and the United States have been tumultuous since Donald J. Trump became the U.S. president on January 20, 2017. Among the many nations subject to the White House’s erratic comments and inconsistent policies has been Mexico, one of the United States’ closest neighbors.

The trading relationship between the two nations is strong and vital to both economies, especially since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994. Mexico is the second-largest importer of U.S. goods, which supports about 1.2 million jobs in the United States and accounts for 15.9% of all U.S. exports, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (2017). This is up 455% since 1993, pre-NAFTA. Mexico is also the second-largest trading partner in exports to the United States.

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