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Enough already of calling Trump a populist! He’s a con-artist/demagogue.
A demagogue “is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation.” Methods include: “Scapegoating, Fearmongering, Lying, Emotional oratory and personal charisma, Accusing opponents of weakness and disloyalty, Promising the impossible, Violence and physical intimidation, Personal insults and ridicule, Vulgarity and outrageous behavior, Folksy posturing, Gross oversimplification, Attacking the news media“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demagogue

To call Trump a populist is an insult to populism: “Populism is a political doctrine that proposes that the common people are exploited by a privileged elite, and which seeks to resolve this.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populism US Senator Bernie Sanders appears to be a left-leaning populist. Huey Long was a populist.

Clearly, Trump is the opposite of a populist.

Trump is trying to make certain that an already exploited common people are further exploited by the privileged elites, including his friends, family, and donors. So, he’s got nepotism and patronage covered too. The majority of the American people have been bled since the Reagan years and there’s nothing left to bleed, but Trump and his minions as sure as hell are going to try. Trump and his minions are vampires that will finish sucking their victims, the American people, to death, if nothing’s done promptly. Even if he’s impeached, there’s a vampire chain of command.

In stark contrast to Trump, Huey Long was a populist who taxed Standard Oil in order to give free school books to children and build roads and bridges in Louisiana. Many bad things that Huey is accused of were said or done by his followers and/or brother after Huey was assassinated. Regardless, Huey Long did good things for the poor. Trump is only for the rich, including his friends and family.

Trump’s “Art of the Con” is actually the “Art of the Demagogue“. He’s a right wing demagogue, who apparently lusts after pure authoritarianism.

Demagogue? Trump’s got the Methods Nailed

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised! Trump mentor and lawyer, Roy Cohn, ran Joe McCarthy’s red scare.
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/the-evil-trio-from-mccarthy-to-trump-via-watergate-reagan-bush-cohn-stone-manafort Wikipedia has a section on Joe McCarthy in their article on demagogue.

A demagogue “is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation.

Methods include:
Scapegoating,
Fearmongering,
Lying,
Emotional oratory and personal charisma,
Accusing opponents of weakness and disloyalty,
Promising the impossible,
Violence and physical intimidation,
Personal insults and ridicule,
Vulgarity and outrageous behavior,
Folksy posturing,
Gross oversimplification,
Attacking the news media
“. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demagogue

While Trump himself may not have engaged in violence or physical intimidation (or did he?), his followers have. Furthermore, “A judge rules Trump may have incited violence … and Trump again has his own mouth to blame Saying controversial things hasn’t killed Trump politically. Legally, though, it’s another story.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/02/a-judge-rules-trump-may-have-incited-violence-and-trump-again-has-his-own-mouth-to-blame/

Here’s The Late US Senator-Governor of Louisiana Huey Long – A Real Populist

God only knows the American people needed a real populist before it is too late. But, everyone should have done a better job of studying Trump. The US has been letting in over a million legal immigrants PER YEAR-less than 10% are refugees – for decades. This is environmentally and socially unsustainable and if nothing is done then it will be too late to have a healthy and just society; too late to have a middle class standard for all. However, Trump’s megadonor (over $20 million) Sheldon Adelson has pushed for more legal immigration (H1B, etc.) so he won’t address this. Of course not. More people is more unemployed and lower wages.

Long was assassinated in September of 1935, so this is apparently his 1934 speech.


Huey Long video-text link: http://youtu.be/dvPrd3tjiDE

This is apparently the same speech but as prepared, rather than as presented. Or, it’s different segments. The video says that it’s December 11, 1935 and this says December 11, 1934. However, the content is similar. He was assassinated in September of 1935, so it can’t have been then.
Huey P. Long: Speech to Senate Staffers at the Washington Press Club, 11 December 1934, Washington, D.C.:
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen:
I’ve never given a free speech in my life. I don’t mean by that that I got money for everything I said.

I’ve, on several occasions, had the particular honor of being invited to make some speeches that I was supposed to get some kind of a mora — an honorarium for. (I started to say moratorium.) And at the conclusion of each one of those speeches — one time over in Cleveland I was supposed to get $150, and one time in New York I was to get five, six, seven hundred dollars — but my conscience wouldn’t allow me on either of these occasions to take the money.

Now, however, I have never made a free speech. I never made a speech unless it was before a court or before a crowd where I was trying to get votes or before an audience where I was trying to get converts. And I am probably addressing, for the benefit of the work I am pursuing, the most important and probably the farest-reaching [sic] organization that I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking to, because you are the people that have the contact with the American people.

And so, I’m not leaving my beaten path. I’m going to take time to explain to you, as best as my limited ability will permit me, what I’m undertaking to accomplish in the United State Senate. Course I’ve had a double purpose. First thing I’ve had to do is fight for the right to stay there — and I’ve managed to make pretty good.

But if you’ll permit me to backtrack, that’s been my line on every position I’ve ever held….
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And I, when I wiggled through that I managed to become governor in 1928. And they impeached me in the year 1929. And in 1930, I was the Democratic National Committeeman. And they made a move to unseat me in that same year. And as you probably know, they pursued me, to eliminate me from the United States Senate for a couple of years after that time.
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Our United States Government under the auspices of Woodrow Wilson, then the President, undertook to find out what was the trouble in America — with the people generally. They appointed an Industrial Relations Committee headed by Frank P. Walsh of Kansas City, Missouri. They made an intensive study, and at the conclusion of that study they reported that the chief cause and the chief trouble with America was that a small percent of the people owned a large percent of the wealth.

Now, you’ll find that in the report of 1916 published by Congress. In other words, Woodrow Wilson’s Administration in 1916 said too few have too much, too many have too little. They gave a table: They said that 2% of the people own 60% of the wealth. They said there’s a middle class of 33% that owns 35% of the wealth. They said that 65% of the people own less than 5% of the wealth, that 2 million people own more than 110 million people. That was the finding of our Industrial Conference serving under the appointment of Congress and Woodrow Wilson, the President.

I propose a limitation on the size of fortunes — both ways. I propose a limitation on how big a fortune can get and a limitation on how little a fortune can get.

I propose that a third of the average is the smallest. One third the average is the smallest.

I propose that none should be over a few millions of dollars.

A capital levy tax to be levied — the first one million not to be taxed except as it is now taxed; and second million to be taxed 1%, the third million 2%, the fourth million 4%, the fifth million 8%, the sixth million 16%, the 7th million 32%, the eighth million 64%, the ninth million 100%. That means that no man with that tax levied against him every year can possess a fortune of more than from 3 to 4 of 5 million dollars to any one man.

Now what’s that going to mean? That’s going to mean that within two to three years time, the United States finds that the treasure of the United States in possession of 165 billion dollars of the wealth of this country — 165 billion at the minimum.

Then, we start from the bottom — that the 25 or more million American families shall have a homestead — Louisiana has a homestead. Florida has a homestead. Texas has a homestead — that every citizen in the United States shall have a homestead up to $5000, 1/3 the average wealth per family — not like Mr. Brisbane said. (When a man has to mistake the facts, he’s probably run out of arguments.) My friend Arthur Brisbane….
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According to the tables which we have assembled, it is our estimate that 4 percent of the American people own 85 percent of the wealth of America, and that over 70 percent of the people of America don’t own enough to pay for the debts that they owe.

Any man with a thimble-full of sense ought to know that if you take 85 percent off of that table and give it to one man that you are bound to have 2/3 the people starving because they haven’t got enough to eat.

Give them a yacht! Give them palace! Send them to Reno and give them a new wife when they want it — if that’s what they want….
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/hueyplongbarbecuespeechpressclub.htm

See too: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/hueyplongking.htm

About the picture on top. It’s a screenshot from a White House video, hence public domain and then modified. They now want to say White House material is creative commons but it’s public domain!