I am currently reading Washington’s Farewell by John Avlon. From the book:
Hamilton harbored many of Washington’s concerns about demagogues and the way they could connive to divide the nation: “There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.” Hamilton even imagined how one could rise to power as a populist demagogue: “I would mount the hobbyhorse of popularity, I would cry out usurpation, danger to liberty etc. etc. I would endeavor to prostrate the national government, raise a ferment, and then ride the whirlwind and direct the storm.”
Wow. How well he predicted our times!