The Danger with Populism

When what you want is popular, populism is wonderful. When what you want isn’t so popular, a populist leader can become your worst enemy. When Trump won, a wall on the Southern Border was popular. A ban on Muslims entering the United States was popular—following the San Bernardino and Paris and Nice massacres and with ISIS releasing new beheading videos every week. Restoring law and order was very popular. Bringing an end to the opioid epidemic by getting tough on drug dealers was popular. Getting tough on trade with China was popular.

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