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Dana Cloud, professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, was quoted about the term “radical” in the Washington Post article “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ‘call me a radical,’ a loaded word with a long history”:

“The term radical is not a partisan one, though it has been used to sow political division. Most simply, the word ‘radical’ is defined as addressing the root of a problem rather than treating the symptoms, said Dana Cloud, a communication and rhetorical studies professor at Syracuse University. ‘In that sense, the word radical should not have a pejorative connotation like it does in modern politics,’ she said.”

Cloud was also quoted in the Washington Post’s article “Ask the Trump White House for comment and you might get a non-denial denial” about “non-denial denial” as rhetoric:

“Trump isn’t unique in this, said Dana L. Cloud, a communication and rhetorical studies professor at Syracuse University. ‘One need only think of Bill Clinton’s reductionist use of a definitional argument when claiming that he did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky,’ she said. ‘It is not a set of tactics unique to Trump or any particular political party.’”