Have you ever tried snake oil?

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“a snake oil salesman is someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods or who is themselves a fraud, quack, or charlatan.”—Wikipedia

I recently found that Donald Trump can be properly described as a snake-oil salesman.

Donald Trump: The snake-oil salesman who hijacked a party Donald Trump: The snake-oil salesman who hijacked a party – The Irish Times via @IrishTimesWorld

The irony for the party Trump has acquired in a hostile takeover is that he is not a conservative or even a Republican. He is in the business of snake oil. He has hijacked the conservative movement’s “us versus them” division of the world and has appealed to blue-collar Republicans and former Democrats whose lives have been destroyed by the movement’s economic platform. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/donald-trump-the-snake-oil-salesman-who-hijacked-a-party-1.2731826

Snake-oil, sounds like poison to me.

There used to be toad-oil salesmen(ガマの油売り) in Japan.

The oil was regarded as a “panacea”, but it was acknowledged that it did not have any effect on lovesickness and bald heads.

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