Democratic Despotism

When you hear the word “despot” or “tyrant” what comes to your mind? Do you picture an angry king sitting upon a massive throne ordering the death of all who disobey him? What if you were asked to think of a specific despot from history? Who would you picture? Adolf Hitler? Joseph Stalin? Genghis Khan? Fair enough. But what if I asked you to think of a despot from a democratic nation? Perhaps you could, but I think it would take a bit more time.