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Demonizing minorities is a common tool of the demagogue.
  someone who appeals to the passions and prejudices of others rather than appealing to their reason — typically a political leader
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demagogue demagogues demagoguery demagog demagogued
Today the word implies disapproval; though it was used to ancient times to describe anyone who championed commoners. The spelling "demagog" is less common, but also acceptable.
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  • Demonizing minorities is a common tool of the demagogue.
  • A thoughtful education is the best armor against demagoguery.
  • Some historians have called Sen. McCarthy a demagogue for playing on people’s fears of communism.
  • Our demagogues have pandered to the fears and weaknesses of the American rather than to their virtues and strengths.
    Mackubin Thomas Owens on National Review Online  -- 06/29/06)

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  • Atticus Finch was right when he said the only good the University did Henry was let him make friends with Alabama’s future politicians, demagogues, and statesmen.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Conrack discovered that afternoon, much to his dismay, that he had a bit of demagogue in him.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • On the third page of the Post that evening was an article, accompanied by a most unflattering photograph, concerning the notorious Mississippi race-baiter and demagogue, Senator Theodore Gilmore Bilbo.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Let them spend the next fifty years poring over the passenger list, trying to figure out which one of them is the great demagogue of the Age of Locke.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The Royalists of to-day are demagogues, let us record it to their credit.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • On its own, being a decent person is no guarantee that you will act well, which brings us back to the one protection we have against demagogues, tricksters, and the madness of crowds, and our surest guide through the uncertain shoals of life: clear and reasoned thinking.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • Do you know that the orange lodges agitated for repeal of the union twenty years before O’Connell did or before the prelates of your communion denounced him as a demagogue?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Some of this opposition is, of course, mere envy; the disappointment of displaced demagogues and the spite of narrow minds.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He forthwith adopts one of the candidates thus selected as the only available one, thus proving that he is himself available for any purposes of the demagogue.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • At first, when the demagoguery, the abasement, the small lying had its reverberation in other small lies and ultimate threats in the form of requests and suggestions among the hierarchate of the Church and he received the call to Jefferson, he forgot how he had got it for the time.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The moon, too, which had long been climbing overhead, and unobtrusively melting its disk into the azure,—like an ambitious demagogue, who hides his aspiring purpose by assuming the prevalent hue of popular sentiment,—now began to shine out, broad and oval, in its middle pathway.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • And Kent quotes the advice allegedly given during the 1920 campaign by former Senator Ashurst of Arizona to his colleague Mark Smith: Mark, the great trouble with you is that you refuse to be a demagogue.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • That would make you a demagogue, a windbag.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • To think that someone like you, who uses such grand words for such shameless purposes, can accuse me of demagoguery.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But the demagogues of Europe have made strange discoveries.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He took his seat, with the studied simplicity of a demagogue; though the keen and flashing glance, that he immediately threw around the silent assembly, betrayed the more predominant temper of a tyrant.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Sometimes, parliamentary questions were asked about it, and even parliamentary motions made or threatened about it by demagogues so low and ignorant as to hold that the real recipe of government was, How to do it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • They should guard against hazarding anarchy, civil war, a perpetual alienation of the States from each other, and perhaps the military despotism of a victorious demagogue, while they pursue what they can only learn from TIME and EXPERIENCE.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • "They met, they talked, they parted," wrote one of Howe’s staff, "and now nothing remains but to fight it out against a set of the most determined hypocrites and demagogues, compiled of the refuse of the colonies, that ever were permitted by Providence to be the scourge of a country."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Mr. Jones wrote a full and particular account of the dinner, which appeared duly in the Demagogue.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • A person who, fifty years ago, would probably have been tried at the Old Bailey for some demagogue proceeding, and severely punished—if not," adds Sir Leicester after a moment’s pause, "if not hanged, drawn, and quartered."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But acting without selfish motive or private bias, those who follow the dictates of an intelligent conscience are not aristocrats, demagogues, eccentrics or callous politicians insensitive to the feelings of the public.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And, finally, to the men who feared demagogues and the natural perversity of some human beings we insisted that time and bitter experience would teach the most hardheaded.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Some are vulgar demagogues …. some are men of wealth who have purchased their position …. [some are] men of narrow intellect, limited comprehension, and low partisan prejudice…… And still earlier a member of the Senate itself told his colleagues that "the confidence of the people is departing from us, owing to our unreasonable delays."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • I was aware that my host had been a great leveller and an ardent demagogue forty years ago, and that his name was not unknown to fame.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Ask that demagogue of a Marius if he is not the slave of that little tyrant of a Cosette.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Senator Benton, declared the Missouri Register, is "a demagogue and a tyrant at heart …. the greatest egotist in Christendom…… Wherever he goes, whatever he does, he shows but one characteristic—that of a blustering, insolent, unscrupulous demagogue."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Senator Benton, declared the Missouri Register, is "a demagogue and a tyrant at heart …. the greatest egotist in Christendom…… Wherever he goes, whatever he does, he shows but one characteristic—that of a blustering, insolent, unscrupulous demagogue."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • In 1832, the word bousingot formed the interim between the word jacobin, which had become obsolete, and the word demagogue which has since rendered such excellent service.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • By taking away their best equipped teachers and leaders, by slamming the door of opportunity in the faces of their bolder and brighter minds, will you make them satisfied with their lot? or will you not rather transfer their leading from the hands of men taught to think to the hands of untrained demagogues?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He had already made several tours of Texas during the Senate’s autumn recesses, comparing Calhoun with "reckless demagogues," terming Jefferson Davis "ambitious as Lucifer and cold as a lizard," and denouncing with equal vigor both "the mad fanaticism of the North" and "the mad ambition of the South."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • In college—where, outside of "creative writing," my only serious academic concern had been the study of the history of the American South—I had hacked out a lengthy term paper on that freakish and aborted political movement known as Populism, paying special attention to the Southern demagogues and rabble-rousers who had so often exemplified its seamier side.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The Republicans were already accusing the Democrats of harboring insurrectionists and traitors; and the Democratic contribution to increased intersectional distrust was a new breed of Southern demagogues, intolerant and vengeful, "sired by Reconstruction out of scalawags."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • There was Mr. John Paul Jefferson Jones, titularly attached to the American Embassy and correspondent of the New York Demagogue, who, by way of making himself agreeable to the company, asked Lady Steyne, during a pause in the conversation at dinner, how his dear friend, George Gaunt, liked the Brazils?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • 3 These judicious reflections contain a lesson of moderation to all the sincere lovers of the Union, and ought to put them upon their guard against hazarding anarchy, civil war, a perpetual alienation of the States from each other, and perhaps the military despotism of a victorious demagogue, in the pursuit of what they are not likely to obtain, but from time and experience.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • And then he went on to speak of "clerical demagoguery," of the absolute lust for power that condescended to rouse the denizens of the underworld when the gods quite understandably did not wish to hear from them, and suggested that the Church was apparently more concerned with the quantity than the quality of souls saved, which indicated a profound lack of spiritual nobility.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The reason they don’t care is that they know what you hear in Congress is 99% tripe, ignorance and demagoguery and not to be relied upon…… " Earlier a member of the Cabinet had recorded in his diary: While I am reluctant to believe in the total depravity of the Senate, I place but little dependence on the honesty and truthfulness of a large portion of the Senators.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • At the end of the day, the demagogues for this or that scheme will be able to blame the ensuing ill effects on the failure to implement their design to the full extent, rather than its partial adoption.
    Michael S. Greve  --  Subprime, but not Half-Bad  -- 06/29/06)
  • ...even predatory lending demagogues concede that the extension of subprime credit, to individuals who would otherwise have to turn to loan sharks and pawnbrokers, is generally a good thing.
    Michael S. Greve  --  Subprime, but not Half-Bad  -- 06/29/06)
  • ...he’s been calling Limbaugh a dishonest demagogue for years now.
    Byron York  --  Rush’s Enemies Pounce, But He Can Prevail  -- 06/29/06)
  • Politically, it is profoundly easy to demagogue any climate anomaly into global warming.
    Patrick J. Michaels  --  How Science Abuses Politics  -- 06/29/06)
  • In lobbying for the bill of rights, SAF [Students for Academic Freedom] publicizes horror stories that its chapters gather:   ... a law professor proclaiming, "We all know that the ’r’ in Republican stands for racist"; and a criminology teacher who asked students on a test to explain why George Bush is a war criminal, and then gave an F to a student who answered that Saddam Hussein, not W, was the monster. Horowitz says that conservative kids have usually just accepted such classroom demagoguery.
    Declaration Foundation: Restoring America  -- 06/29/06)
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