El americano no deseado: an Analysis of the Negative Opinion of Donald Trump among the Spanish Media (Post one)

When I first completed my research proposal, I planned to examine multiple forms of the Spanish media’s perspective of Donald Trump and the cultural/social representation of him. However, as my research progressed, I decided to narrow my research to newspaper articles, cartoons and the occasional magazine article. In the end, I read 100+ Spanish articles about Donald Trump from both right-leaning and left-leaning Spanish newspapers. Although there were a few articles, maybe three or four, that supported and advocated for Donald Trump, the mass majority were against the United States president. At first, I theorized that the overwhelming negative opinion of Donald Trump might be a result of the recent dictatorship, 1939-1975, of alt-right leader, Francisco Franco. However, my research did not find sufficient evidence for this. I did not encounter any articles comparing Franco to President Trump. When I interviewed a reporter and asked her if the comparison between Franco and Trump is just, she replied that it was not. In fact, she said that the two are very different, both in their culture and politics, and could not possibly be compared. In my next post I will discuss my findings for the reasoning behind the ubiquitous negative opinion of Donald Trump in place of the Franco theory.

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Abstract: An Analysis of Spanish Perspectives on Donald Trump upon Examination of the Media’s Rhetoric and Cultural Representations in Cádiz, Spain

Following the recent election of former business tycoon turn President of the United States, Donald Trump, political tensions in the United States are at an all time high. The recent United States presidential election has seen an increase in political polarization between Trump supporters and Trump opposers. However, this political divisiveness over Donald Trump is not limited to within United States borders. The win of President Trump has sparked an international debate over what it means to be fit for office. This Summer in Cádiz, Spain, I will examine and analyze cultural and political representations of Donald Trump to gain a larger understanding of Spanish perceptions of President Trump. To do this, I will examine Spanish articles, televised news sources, newspapers, graffiti, song, poetry etc., mentioning Donald Trump, taking into account any potential bias and the political leaning of the creator. It is my opinion that the recent Spanish Civil War and accompanying Franquist dictatorship will cause even the more conservative leaning Spanish citizens to have a less than favorable opinion on President Trump. Throughout my research this summer, I will attempt to prove this theory with my research.