are Trump and Sanders populists?

no, says Cas Mudde:

“This is all not to say that populism is not underlying some of the support for both Sanders and Trump – it is. But there is nothing new to that. In fact, one could argue that it simply reflects the broader movement that Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party started a few years ago. More important, however, is that neither Sanders nor Trump are populist politicians. Sanders is an American social democrat, mixingAmerican and European traditions of progressive politics, while Trump is the latest of that all-American brand of businessman savior – well, at least until Michael Bloomberg jumps into the race. Hence, while using the term populism might help taint their campaigns, and sell newspapers, it does not help us that much in understanding the true political programs of these two politicians.”

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