Populism is a political ideology. It can be used for left wing politicians to rally popular opinion against rich people, the banks, and anybody making more than minimum wage.
Populism is also used by political right wing politicians to rally popular opinion against the socialists, communists, and corrupt Democrat politicians.
One of the early populists in American Presidential Politics was Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of The United States. Jackson was also the first Democrat in the office. He campaigned against the national bank, and anything to do with the American Indian. He hated Indians and the British.
His popularity was based on his military performance during the War of 1812 where he slaughtered a tribe of Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and at the Battle of New Orleans where Jackson ended the British threat to the USA.
After being elected, he forced the national bank to close because Jackson had a personal beef with the director of the bank. Then, Jackson created the Trail of Tears, forcing Indians in Tennessee, Georgia, and other areas into the bleak wilds of Oklahoma. Jackson was anything but brilliant, and his administration was an economic disaster complete with economic depression, and the states printing their own currency.
Populism is what you want it to be. To be a populist, all you have to do is come up with a laundry list of things that people are against, and another list of things that people are for. These things do not have to be real, or even make sense. You can be against a “gap in income” just to advocate a failed nineteenth century ideology called, socialism. New word, same old BS.
So, in this election we have HIllary Clinton and Bernie Sanders trying fake definitions to push abortions, communism, and outright theft of peoples money. On the political right, we have lots of standard candidates, but the most popular is Donald Trump that is harnessing populism. Donald is tapping into the sore points of illegal immigration, outrageous taxes, socialized health care, the stupid Obama Iran deal, and anything else Obama tried to do. You can take it for granted that anything Obama advocated is stupid.
Plus, Trump is taking a page from Barack Obama and is using playground, in-your-face, bad-boy tactics on the campaign trail. He constantly disses Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and anybody else mentioned as being competition. He needs no reason, he just does it. And, he gets away with it, too. The crowds love him.
The nation is so hungry for real leadership that we are in danger of putting the wrong person into office. If Donald Trump is the Republican candidate, I will vote for him. If he is not I pray that he will not run as an independent. I really hope he is better than I think.