…and if an enemy doesn’t exist, they create one.
It’s been a common device throughout history to create a bad guy.
The theory is that if you get people hating someone else, by default they’ll love you more. To say nothing of the way it shifts focus from your other liabilities and weaknesses.
World leaders have been playing this game for hundreds of years if not longer. Let’s hope our current president understands that up until now, it’s been just a game.