Trump, The Fake Populist…


Something for the Trump admirers to consider. Analyze the rhetoric as you observe the actions and search the truth rather than accept his BS.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio

True populism unites. A true populist tells people the truth. Our president divides

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 people’s intelligence.


A populist recognizes that no one is less important or of less value. That’s the heart of populism: respect for all people — their work, their dignity, their intelligence. Our spiritual leaders embrace everyone. So must we.

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Les Carpenter

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist working with those over 50 years of age. Currently work at Prime Fitness located in The Enfield Senior Center, Enfield CT. Semi retired and enjoying life in the semi fast lane with my lovely bride and super grandchildren!

10 thoughts on “Trump, The Fake Populist…”

  1. Well, he’s been a fake businessman, a fake entrepreneur, a fake billionaire, a fake Christian, and a fake President. Why not a fake populist as well? What he fundamentally is, is a con man. He figured out how to appeal to the dumbest sector of the electorate, who never notice when he’s claiming to be one thing while behaving as the opposite.


    1. What I find to be most inexplicable is the number of folks that are considered smart and intuitive when it comes to most things yet support a man whose intelligence, character, ethics, and integrity is below that of most con men and thugs.


          1. So, your point is Trump is a populist because he is an elite billionaire deriding other elites? Even the ones he greased the palms of and circulates with in elite circles?

            Or are you saying Trump is an elite that with tongue in cheek was simply able to dupe the common folks into believing he really cared about their issues and therefore must be a populist?

            If it is the later I agree.


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