Re: “Putting populism in perspective,” (The Hill Times, Aug. 5, p. 9). Gerry Nicholls’ column reminds me of a comment U.S. president Barack Obama made during a press conference in Canada in 2016. He said: “I am the real populist, not Trump,” as if populism meant siding with the have-nots, who feel “the system is ignoring their concerns,” as Mr. Nicholls puts it. Of course, there are many definitions of populism, but one can legitimately ask: is it useful to define populism that way? I would say no. Pretty much all politicians would be populists then, for they tend to campaign for the little guy, against special interests, the political establishment, and so on.
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