According to Washington, the rise of demagogues was a real danger. These are the people who exploit divided and dysfunctional democracies. Washington said, "The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later, the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty." The election of Donald Trump to the presidency follows Washington's assessment. Trump promises safety and security in exchange for sacrificing civil rights, personal liberty and constitutional rights. As Benjamin Franklin stated, when you sacrifice liberty for security, you get neither.