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Sun Aug 11, 2019, 05:17 PM

BTRTN: The Rise and Fall of American Demagogues...Understanding Donald Trump, His Appeal and Future

"Donald Trump is the prototypical demagogue, as any student of political history can attest. Trump has preyed on those who feel threatened by “the Other” since his first foray into the political arena, as the champion of the Obama birther movement. His presidential run and first-term have been littered with such demagoguery, from the “Mexican rapist” charges that launched the campaign, through the “both sides” Charlottesville refrain, and on to the recent vile attacks on “The Squad” and Elijah Cummings, with countless other thunderous, baseless, fear-mongering claims along the way.

His message is that minorities, in particular immigrants, are dangerous and threatening: at worst, criminals, and at least, job-seeking freeloaders who are crowding out opportunities for White America. It is hardly surprising, though shocking, that Trump’s relentless messaging has inspired the white-supremacist based domestic terrorism that has grown dramatically in the last several years, reaching its apotheosis (we can only hope) in El Paso. Trump has provided the motive; the NRA and GOP has provided the means by enabling our gun-saturated culture; all the perpetrator has to solve for is opportunity; the mighty troika of criminal acts now neatly and tragically packaged with a tidy bow.

Demagogues are not new in American politics. They emerge in times of great stress and enrapture a percentage of the electorate craving attention, by presenting a stark, threatening worldview in a blunt, crude and charismatic style. They have little regard for facts and deliver a wildly inflated, apocalyptic message designed to incite fear -- and establish the demagogue as the savior from the threat of the Other."
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2019/08/btrtn-rise-and-fall-of-american.html

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Reply BTRTN: The Rise and Fall of American Demagogues...Understanding Donald Trump, His Appeal and Future (Original post)
tgards79 Aug 2019 OP
BigmanPigman Aug 2019 #1
tgards79 Aug 2019 #2
reggieandlee Aug 2019 #3
UTUSN Aug 2019 #4
bdamomma Aug 2019 #5
tgards79 Aug 2019 #6

Response to tgards79 (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 05:36 PM

1. The difference is that there is NO "great stress", he created it

or borrowed it and ran with it when he found it was popular (like the fucking wall). Our society wasn't facing an incredible fears three years ago. The economy was good, Obama was seen as a successful POTUS, etc. The fucking moron allowed Putin's bots to use our differences against us to divide us. It was mostly created and then fostered by tRump, Putin, etc. They are still doing it and are getting better at it. Americans are acting like blind sheep when it comes to recognizing truth from fiction and believe everything they see and read on social media.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 05:47 PM

2. You are looking at it through a Dem/Prog lens

I agree with everything you say, but the "now" Trump side responded to him because they thought he saw things their way -- unemployment still at 7%, incomes stagnant, only the elites were winning, and jobs going to China and to immigrants running into American with wild abandon. Hillary was not paying attention to blue collar America. That's Trump's litany and you cannot argue that this was how he was received by his supporters. Of course he ran with it to the max, demagogued it, lied about it, did everything ti whip it up to a frenzy. That's what demagogues do....read the article!

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Response to tgards79 (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 09:36 PM

3. Great article!

Terrific historical perspective on Trump... a must read!

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Response to tgards79 (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 09:47 PM

4. We understand him enough/pretty-well!1

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Response to tgards79 (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:12 PM

5. okay

after reading that article, it is up to us.

Let's flush this turd into the cesspool he came from.

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:05 AM

6. Excellent

We have to be incredibly motivated and work for ANY Dem candidate that emerges, from Joe Biden to Wayne Messam

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