Pope Francis warned against populist leaders, saying that Germany came to elect one in 1933, and ended up with Adolf Hitler as its dictator.
Crises provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most common example of European populism is Germany in 1933… A people that was immersed in a crisis, that looked for its identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened,” he said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
“Hitler did not steal power,” the Pope said. “He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people.”
The new rise of populist regimes will for certain make rise to a Adolf Hitler, as anti immigration and for the people populist governments are on the rise world wide. Some examples include : Kevin O’Leary, Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte and many others that are on the rise and so far little known.
he Catholic leader also discussed the state of the Church, a possible visit to China, and the changes he has undergone since becoming pope.
Concerns over the rise of populism have been increasingly loud in the West, especially in Europe, where previously marginal parties have been gaining popularity amid economic problems and the migrant crisis. Some political observers say the term ‘populist’ is often used to brand counter-establishment political forces as irrelevant and dangerous.
The power will always be within the hands of the people and we are reminded of that everyday thanks to President Donald Trump.