You know, this just struck me

Don't misunderstand this. Vladimir Putin is a consummate politician and a master of the geopolitical arena who has been running circles around President Obama as long as the two have been in power. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a bull in the china shop who knows nothing about foreign policy and lacks the temperament to conduct it successfully even if he knew what he was doing.

But there is a sense in which Trump and Putin are alike: the appeal of both is that they tell their constituency what they want to hear.

They're both demagogues.