People who believe, act, and promote for a higher power who's interests are actually against that very person.

That power sees that person as a "useful idiot." The powers-that-be exploit the Useful Idiot to carry out their own wants and needs. They often use the hate and fears of the useful idiot, to manipulate them into acting against their own best interests.
That tRumptard redneck rube voted to give tax cuts to the rich plutocrats! It's cute how he pretends the rich create jobs. The rich see him as a useful idiot. And tRump thinks he's trash. But they know the useful idiot can be manipulated with hatred and fear to vote against their own best interests.
by Too Many Drones November 20, 2020
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The kind of people who defined this term just like how the term was popularized in the first place: propaganda.

It means someone who follows or supports an ideal or person without knowing what it/they represent(s).
Conservatives, by calling leftists "useful idiots", believe that they think the same way they do, but in reverse.
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by F.H. December 21, 2020
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Often mistakenly attributed to Lenin, Stalin or Marx, the term was first used by US newspapers in 1948 and has little documented usage within the Soviet Union, meaning a third party who spreads propaganda or disinformation, usually unintentionally or without fully understanding the cause they're proselytizing for. Originally used during the cold war to refer to Western communist sympathisers, or those susceptible to communist propaganda, the term could be used today to refer to those spreading anti-vaccine misinformation echoed or amplified by Russian intelligence, or ,or Trump supporters acting on foreign-spread conspiracy theories about pizzas and child molesters. In any case, the person spreading the disinformation uses someone susceptable to the disinformation in order to spread it further
This useful idiot read online that Hilary Clinton is selling kids through this pizza place and now he's going down there to shoot it up.
by Dr MDrr February 22, 2021
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