Hey, it was a rhetorical question. No answer was anticipated, and that's exactly what happened.
"A rhetorical (external - login to view) question
is a figure of speech (external - login to view)
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posed for its persuasive effect without the expectation of a reply (ex: "Why me?") (external - login to view)
Rhetorical questions encourage the listener to think about what the (often obvious) answer to the question must be. When a speaker states, "How much longer must our people endure this injustice?"
, no formal answer is expected. Rather, it is a device used by the speaker to assert or deny something."
There ya go.