Ethics & Public Policy Center

Trump Is Living up to His Populist Promise

Published in The Washington Post on June 25, 2019

President Trump’s politics are often labeled as “populist.” Three recent executive actions show he’s delivering on the promise of that label.

Populist politics invariably involve some version of the slogan “the people vs. the powerful.” Whether from the left or the right, populist policies try to help ordinary people to make their own way or to get a better deal by restricting powerful people or entities from exerting market or monopoly power. Trump’s latest orders and proposed regulations do exactly that.

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