Amanda Harder, an English Honors and AP World History teacher, used Trump for a classroom example of a “master of pathos,” explaining that his arguments manipulate audiences by appealing to their emotions. The class discussion was centered around Greek philosopher Aristotle’s modes of persuasion.
“He is poking the fires under the particular niches of people in this country,” Harder said in the recording. “People who are anti-Mexican, people who are anti-Muslim, people who are anti-woman. Basically, the only people who seem to be safe from this guy are white Christian males ... am I missing anything? Oh, American — white Christian male Americans.”
These comments, recorded on a students’ cell phone, reportedly angered some. One student shared Harder’s example with a parent. The mother reached out to A.P. Dillon, a conservative blogger, who was first to break the story.
The story was picked up by national and international news outlets. She said that while the attention probably factored into the teacher’s resignation, the recording’s release wasn’t intended maliciously.