Dictionary definition of a Demagogue: A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
Donald Trump is using familiar demagoguery to appeal to a sector of the American population. They are white. They cut across class: rich, poor and middle class. They are angry and they blame Mexican immigrants, Muslims and a Black President for their rage. They have grown out of the “tea-party” movement. And they are open to fascist steps by leaders willing to take them there.
This makes Donald Trump dangerous.
White supremacists (fascist) groups and leaders have lined up behind Trump.
See StormFront website on call for fascism: https://www.stormfront.org/forum/t1115113/
See David Duke on Trump immigrant policies: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/25/politics/david-duke-donald-trump-immigration/
Fascism comes in many forms. But central to its advancement is diverting people’s anger and fears into blaming the “other.” For Hitler it was the Jews. For Trump its immigrants, first focusing on Mexicans and now focusing on Muslims.
The world is in chaos; government failure, joblessness, loss of income, inequality, demands of communities of color, global warming. Trump’s response is to offer simple solutions: lock the borders and deport millions.