Angry goldfish and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made scapegoating the main theme of his campaign demagoguery. This is when high school history education comes in handy, if you’ve had any.
(11-12-2015) Donald Trump vilifies “illegal immigrants“, claims they are all rapists and murderers and drug dealers. He riles up the people who have always hated “Mescans”, and emboldens them. Here’s some of Trump’s campaign demagoguery:
They are taking your jobs; they are bringing the country down; they will rape and kill your daughters; they should be dealt with by the millions. I have the solution. I say it like it is; I don’t have time for political correctness. I am great, I am powerful, I am strong. Forget about politics as usual (called democracy by some of us); I will
make American politicians and foreign leaders an offer they can’t refuse. I will make this country great again.
That’s the gist of the rhetoric by presidential candidate Donald Trump. Does this campaign demagoguery sound familiar? His use of scapegoats? If you depend on American high school history education for your knowledge of and insight into history, it probably doesn’t.
James W. Loewen‘s book Lies my Teacher Told Me explains why. Watch for a post on it.
(This post was first published on the blog Resident Alien: Being Dutch in America, under the title: “This Country Great Again”, 11-12-2015)
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