Something for the Trump admirers to consider. Analyze the rhetoric as you observe the actions and search the truth rather than accept his BS.
Donald Trump is a populist. So are Marine Le Pen and Steve Bannon.
Populism does not divide our society into these people here or those people over there. It doesn’t fan resentments and exploit grievances. Populism never excludes based on race or gender or religion. It doesn’t appeal to some by pushing others down; it embraces everyone.
Populism speaks out against a church shooting, or a threat against a Jewish center, or the bombing of a mosque. A populist stands in solidarity against all acts of hate.
Populism is a belief that you build the economy from the middle class out, not by demanding tax cuts for the most affluent, with the long-discredited argument that prosperity will trickle down.
Populism is a trade policy that puts American workers and small businesses first, but never pits foreign workers against our country’s workers. We never confuse populism and jingoism.
Populism doesn’t preach hate. Populism preaches hope – hope that all workers will have the opportunity to build better lives for their families.
If you want to call yourself a populist, you better be ready to stick up for the little guy – whether she punches a time clock or earns tips. Whether she works in a call center or a hospital or on a factory floor. Whether he is a contract worker or a temp.
And you better be willing to be straight with the people you serve. A true populist tells the truth, because she respects peopleâ€™s intelligence.
A populist recognizes that no one is less important or of less value. Thatâ€™s the heart of populism: respect for all people â€” their work, their dignity, their intelligence. Our spiritual leaders embrace everyone. So must we.