Trump And Demagogues

By btails     01/16/2021
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A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

Demagogues undermine the stability of a “by the people” 
form of government particularly by turning “the people” 
against each other.

Trump has been compared to past Demagogues such as 
Hitler and Mussolin.

Past Demagogues have had to have “scapegoats,”
Hitler’s was Jews


"The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and “terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly."
-Laurence Britt
"The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc."
- Louis H. Lapham