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Demagoguery

The Donald's presidential bid stirs emotions ...


When:

Lookups spiked on July 17, 2015.

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Why:

Donald Trump's views on immigration are getting attention from other Republican presidential hopefuls as well as the press. Senator Lindsay Graham said "We have to reject this demagoguery," and Governor Rick Perry called Trump's rhetoric "a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense." Trump responded to Perry's comment on Twitter with: "He doesn't understand what the word demagoguery means."

Demagoguery means "the principles and practices of a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason."

Demagoguery is derived from demagogue, which comes from the Greek word meaning "popular leader," made up of the words demos ("people") and agōgos ("leading").



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