There are different kinds of populism: one is cultural and the other is economic. Donald Trump is an economic unpopulist in spite his promises made in demagogic tones with false claims. When it comes to ordinary people living on a budget, pocket book issues he has failed to deliver some promised goods and worse, hurt them.They may think the economy is OK now, but they are beginning to understand, instead of improving their lot, wages have not increased much, the tax cut promise was mostly hot air, and health care costs are already the top of voter concerns, registering in polls above any other major issues.
Trump’s department of education has made it more difficult to get more student loan forgiveness. The agency charged with handling complaints about financial services, mortgage lenders, and banks , and acting on their abuses is being run by a director hostile to its mission of protecting consumers, curtailing public reports and starving it.. The Environmental Protection Agency has become the Environmental Destruction Agency, promoting dirtier air and polluted water, making it easier for mining waste dumping in streams and rolling back automobile clean air standards.
The cultural populists did not ask for this, but this hit to everyone’s pocket books, less consumer/environmental protection , poorer health and more expensive insurance, is what we all get in return.