Thanks for the response Guy R. Aylward. Feedback is always appreciated. I guess my own bias slipped into it with the way I articulated that point. I remember hesitating while writing that, realizing what I was doing.
But my intention was only to give two examples, one in the past and one in the present, of politicians who summoned or shaped a certain image of certain groups to paint an “us vs. them” picture. My interest wasn’t political (I’m Canadian), but in the rhetoric itself as in both cases it hinges on scapegoating. I’ll consider reworking that part though, since I see how it weakens my argument.