Trump: The Demagogue

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Yoda was right (I mean, of course he was, he’s Yoda).

Fear.

Perhaps Trump’s strongest platform.

Demagogue: /ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/ (from Greek δημαγωγός) or rabble-rouser is a leader in a democracy who [1] gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, [2] whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues have [3] usually advocated immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty. Demagogues [4] overturn established customs of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so. Most who were elected to high office [5] changed their democracy into some form of managed democracy.

Who came to your mind, I wonder? Palpatine? Hitler?

Let’s break it down the five steps of being labeled a Demagogue.

[1] A demagogue gains popularity within a Democracy by exploiting prejudice and ignorance.

We all saw this happen. Trump pandered to the prejudices of the right and the ignorances of the undereducated. He has hand painted a picture of an America in extreme crisis.

Exploiting prejudice: blaming our economy on immigrants, illegal immigrants and those on welfare programs. Calling Mexicans that come into this country rapists and criminals. Exploiting the fear of muslims as terrorists.

Exploiting ignorance: He’s undercutting the power of the media but calling them a non-credible source for information (while blatantly lying about his inauguration turnout and mass voter fraud).  His only argument? “Believe me, trust me, I know.” Trump exploited the undereducated by pandering to their emotions and fears, and, in turn, they voted for him.

[2] Whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation:

Deliberation: long and careful consideration or discussion. [Via Webster]

Deliberation: is a process of thoughtfully weighing options, usually prior to voting. Deliberation emphasizes the use of logic and reason as opposed to power-struggle, creativity, or dialog. [Via Wikipedia]

Thoughtfully weighing options with logic and reason. We already know Trump is constantly degrading political correctness and the “liberal media.” His logic and reason are not seated in fact, but emotion. Ad populam by might as well be his middle name. An argument based in emotion and not fact cannot be the basis of a logical and reasoned deliberation. Instead, Trump denounces those that offer logical and reasoned arguments agaisnt his emotional arguments (such as the media) and simply suggest to “trust” or “believe” him.

He rejects American Exceptionalism, in a country where its citizens were raised to believe American is #1, and instead claims he can lead us to exceptionalism (hence his slogan).

[3] Advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty.

Immediate, violent action: Trump has officially signed 7 executive orders within the first 10 days of his presidency (one of which completely halted immigration and created international chaos, another ordered a wall to be build along the board with Mexico, and another overturned protesters victory in North Dakota) and there are still more to come. He threatened to “send the feds” into Chicago. He threatened Mexico.

Accuses opponents of weakness or disloyalty: Trump, quite literally, called Hillary Clinton “weak” and “exhausted.”  He called Martin O’Malley “weak.” He said Bernie Sanders “showed weakness.” On December 1st, 2015, he said “all of [the other candidates] are weak and they’re just weak—I think that they are weak generally, if you want to know the truth.” In short, we know Trump loves his insults (and it’s a long list of insults).

[4] Overturn established customs of political conduct: 

Part of Trump’s platform was to shake up the status quo, and that he did. He hung up on the Prime Minister of Australia. He threatened his opponent (Clinton) with prison. He promises to reinstate torture, such as water boarding, and “much worse.” The rise of “alternative fact,” and the lies from the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer. He is unraveling our checks and balances system by ignoring a federal ruling inciting a stay on his Muslim Ban, and by firing the acting Attorney General who refused to defend his ban. Just today, another federal judge has ordered a temporary halt of the ban. We will see what unfolds.

[5] changed their democracy into some form of managed democracy:

Lastly, the US is no longer considered a “Full Democracy.”


So, there you have it: Trump the Demagogue.

Emperor Palpatine is also considered a Demagogue.

So is Hitler and McCarthy.

May the Force be with us.

-General Organa

 

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