Examining the rise of populism on the right and the left on ‘Radio Times’

 President Donald Trump during a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Melbourne, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/AP Photo)

President Donald Trump during a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Melbourne, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/AP Photo)

Journalist and author John Judis explains the populist appeal of both 2016 presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as a conflict between “the elite” and “the people.”

In his book, “The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics,” Judis traces the history of populism, which started in America in the 1890s, and can be seen in both left-wing and right-wing political ideologies.

Judis joined Marty Moss-Coane on Radio Times on Tuesday to talk about that history. During their conversation, he described how racism developed within populist movements in America.

He points out the similarities between Trump and George Wallace, but says Trump’s popularity partly came from a “fusion of the fear of terrorists coming into the country, with a rejection of any kind of open borders.”

 

Listen to Tuesday’s full hour of Radio Times

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