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Much has been written about Donald Trump's peculiar hairstyle, the kind of puffy, dyed comb-over one would associate with a down-market nightclub manager rather than a presidential candidate.Actually, the question of hair in politics might not be as trivial as it seems.It is remarkable how many politicians, especially on the populist right, have sported heterodox hairdos.Then there was the father of modern European populism, the late Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, who had no hair at all. But his shiny, clean-shaven pate stood out as much among the neat gray coiffures of mainstream politicians as Johnson's blond mop or Trump's gilded comb-over (all these men, except Berlusconi, are blonds, by the way, or fake blonds; dark hair doesn't seem to work so well with the populist mob).The strange hair, or shaven head, makes the popular leader instantly recognizable.The oddest-looking of all contemporary dictators must be North Korea's Kim Jong Un, whose clean-shaven back and sides are cultivated as a deliberate imitation of his grandfather's 1930s proletarian hairstyle. His father, Kim Jong Il, tried – albeit with little success – to emulate Elvis Presley's pompadour.But self-parody sometimes works in democracies too. Churchill understood something that many mainstream politicians miss. I am not sure that people, who rightly see Trump as a great danger to the U.S. and the world, sufficiently appreciate this.
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