Gingrich regained his footing quickly, demagoguing the federal courts in a way that would have made George Corley Wallace proud.
To be sure, lawmakers have made it extremely difficult, throwing multiple roadblocks in his way—and demagoguing the issue.
He said Democrats are demagoguing the issue, but faulted Ryan for giving them the opportunity.
1640s, from Greek demagogos "popular leader," also "leader of the mob," from demos "people" (see demotic) + agogos "leader," from agein "to lead" (see act (n.)). Often a term of disparagement since the time of its first use, in Athens, 5c. B.C.E. Form perhaps influenced by French demagogue (mid-14c.).
by 1964, American English, from demagogue (n.). Related: Demagogued; demagoguing.