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Mitt Romney: Bernie and Trump are ‘demagogues’


Do you think Bernie Sanders is a demagogue? (davelawrence8/Flickr)

Donald Trump has definitely been labeled a demagogue before, but now Sanders is being called one too. Who's throwing around the term? It's the 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney!

Romney made the remark during his Trine University commencement speech.

"Demagogues on the right and the left draw upon our darker angels, scapegoating immigrants and Muslims or bankers and business people."

Though he doesn't use any names, it's easy to see the whole "scapegoating immigrants and Muslims" is aimed at Trump, while the "bankers and business people" falls on Sanders.

What is a demagogue?

Merriam-Webster defines a demagogue as "a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason."

So why is Romney calling Bernie a demagogue?

Trump has been making false claims and scaring people into believing things since his campaign started (like we should ban Muslims from the US). When it comes to Sanders, Romney claims the Democratic candidates campaign against Wall Street makes him a demagogue.

The comment is significant because there's also still some rumblings that Romney may run as a third party candidate in this election. Supposedly, Romney met with The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who's been trying to get another candidate on the presidential ticket.

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Mitt Romney: Bernie and Trump are ‘demagogues’

Sydney Moorhead

Sydney is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English-language literature. She served as a City on a Hill Press editor and an editorial intern at Good Times Weekly. She currently resides in Orange County, where she does her best not to spend all her money at the ridiculous number of malls. She loves watching Bravo reality shows and eating vegan food that isn’t too expensive (so, never).

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