Often times, the populist leader will become more moderated, likely as a result of the system doing it’s job: preventing infection. But this doesn’t negate the fact that there are those other elites who would seemingly “work with the enemy” in the hopes of achieving some grand goal. Case-in-point: Paul Ryan can simultaneously disagree with the President and “work with him” to achieve his own political goals. Ultimately, democracy is worse off for it.
The point of all of this is to say this: we’re witnessing text book populism.
Hmmmm. Not sure I would go that far.
An article on cityjournal just the other day went into detail in all the ways that Trump has become the NOT-populist. The gist was that a true populist works across party lines, focused on what’s best for the population. So, a true populist today might lower taxes (people before government) whilst shoring up public health care insurance (ACA or a better replacement).
Trump hasn’t done this. Outside of a few mutterings about trade agreements and women in the workplace matters that obviously come out of Ivanka’s ear into his, and sometimes sounding partial to the Dreamers, he’s been a pretty garden variety Republican president, really not doing anything that colors outside of the traditional GOP lines on taxes, deregulation, border security, etc.
The cityjournal article notes how that on MANY policy matters that are not the “big ticket items” than all of us can rattle off, Trump, not being a politician, doesn’t have any strong feelings towards. So, he ends up ignoring them and letting the Real Republicans govern the way they want.
Simply put, he RAN populist, but he’s governing much less so.