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Fri Aug 12, 2016, 04:19 AM

4. Since the paragraph is so poorly constructed, it's almost impossible to say,

but one would guess that the "horrible day" he referred to would be either the day Hillary "abolish(es) the Second Amendment" or the day she "gets to pick her judges."

It doesn't matter much to his listeners. Trump's using Hillary and horrible in the same paragraph is enough for them. And they know he meant maybe they can stop her with their "second amendment" rights. That's clear enough for them. They don't need no "professor" types with their logical and clearly formed paragraphs!

But, again, that's the problem with this sort of ambiguous language, and the advantage to duplicitous people using it; Trump(ty Drumpfty), can make claims like Humpty Dumpty--that argumentative egg perched on a wall in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass.
`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'

I happened to find the quotation in this especially apropos article on semantics.
In dealing with empty concepts, we came across the issue that if somebody uses a term that potentially has an unintelligible definition, they are likely to defend themselves by quickly making up some kind of definition. I strongly suspect that in such cases, the usage of the term will be inconsistent with the definition.

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