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at the core of our reactions to “terms of repulsion” (1953, 223). Garrosh grounds his own terms of repulsion in his intuiting “laws of nature” rather than in rational arguments based on philosophical or empirical analysis just as Trump, asserting his superiority over news media and experts, claimed in a March 2017 interview with Time that “I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right.” It is also interesting that this disgust is evoked over the issue of unconventional forms of reproduction which are castigated as “unnatural”; in this Garrosh’s reactions seem to mirror those of Trump and many conservative Republicans to members of the LBGTQ community, as seen in debates over gay marriage and transgender bathroom use. The rhetorical environment of the conflict between Garrosh and Sylvanas is stylistically similar to that found in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns, with Clinton offering detailed policy suggestions and Trump and his supporters reacting with emotionally laden insults and calls for violence, as when Trump at a rally at North Carolina University in Wilmington suggested that if Clinton won the election, “... nothing you can do, folks, ... Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know” (Corasaniti and Habermanaug, 2016). As the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the one enshrining the people’s right to bear arms and often mentioned by the pro-gun lobby, this appears a thinly veiled suggestion that his followers should assassinate her if she were to be elected. Secondly, just as Garrosh insults Sylvanas and tries to portray her as similar to the Lich King (someone Sylvanas has been stalwartly opposing her entire life and undeath), so Trump attempted to rhetorically assimilate Clinton to an entrenched Washington power elite or “swamp”, bankers, corporate interests and even ISIS. Thirdly, Garrosh’s menacing body language during the cut scene forms a tableau similar to the one in which Trump “lurked” behind Clinton during the second presidential debate, a phenomenon widely analyzed in the media coverage of the debate (see, e.g., Kaufman 2016). Finally, Garrosh’s use of the term “bitch” to denigrate Sylvanas stands in obvious parallel to Donald Trump’s reference to Clinton as “such a nasty woman” (Berenson 2016). Other Horde leaders display a similar distrust of Sylvanas. Lor’themar Theron, who was Sylvanas’ second-in-command in the defense of Silvermoon when Sylvanas was still alive rather than undead, interacts with the undead Sylvanas at the beginning of the Galakras encounter in the Siege of Orgrimmar raid instance of the 2012 Mists of Pandaria expansion of WoW. Many of Lor’themar’s forces have fallen in the siege, and Sylvanas makes a practical offer to revive them as undead in the following dialogue: 42