demagoguery

Demagoguery is an appeal to people that plays on their emotions and prejudices rather than on their rational side.

Demagoguery is a manipulative approach — often associated with dictators and sleazy politicians — that appeals to the worst nature of people. Demagoguery isn't based on reason, issues, and doing the right thing; it's based on stirring up fear and hatred to control people. For example, a politician who stirs up a fear of immigrants to distract from other issues is using demagoguery. Demagoguery is one of the most negative aspects of politics, but it's also one that's all too common.

Definitions of demagoguery
  1. noun
    impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace
    synonyms: demagogy
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    types:
    flag waving, jingoism
    an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions
    type of:
    appeal, entreaty, prayer
    earnest or urgent request
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