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Are Trump's "unfiltered" remarks actually meticulously crafted propaganda? We asked a speech expert

“Its called bullshit and the art of crap-detecting and that is the essence of what we ought to be doing.”

This segment originally aired Feb. 27, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Some opponents of Donald Trump are convinced his combative speech style is actually a shrewd form of propaganda. VICE News sat down with Terence P. Moran, a longtime scholar of political speech, to gain some perspective on the rhetoric of the reality-TV star turned U.S. president.

Moran believes Trump is successful in part due to his habitual use of hyperbole. But Trump’s methods aren’t revolutionary, he contends; they’re rather reminiscent of past politicians, including Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. “In a complex world, it’s nice to have someone promising solutions,” Moran said about Trump’s so-called strategy.

He did, however, offer an approach to define and counteract propaganda: “It’s called bullshit and the art of crap-detecting, and that is the essence of what we ought to be doing.”