I remember how during Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity some politicians decided to pander to the protesters.
“You are heroes! You are all real heroes!” one of them famously wailed from the stage.
The pandering made protesters so angry that the politicians who tried it don’t have careers to speak of any more. It wasn’t uncommon for a politician to go from 60% approval rates to 10% in a matter of days simply for trying to pander.
Of course, those protesters weren’t there to feel virtuous or pose for social media. They were defending national sovereignty. And when your cause is real, people who are fake tend to stand out a lot and make everybody angry.