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To be sure, both Farage and Trump are populists, but not because they criticize elites.Less obvious, but more pernicious, is the insinuation that citizens who do not share the populist's conception of "the people," and hence do not support the populist politically, are less than legitimate members of the polity. Or think of Trump announcing at a campaign rally last year: "The only important thing is the unification of the people – because the other people don't mean anything". In other words, the populist decides who the real people are, and whoever refuses to be unified on the populist's terms is excluded – even if they happen to have a British or a U.S. passport.In fact, figures like Farage or the Dutch far-right populist Geert Wilders come nowhere close to attracting even a majority of the electorate. When politicians and journalists lazily concede that populists articulate people's "real concerns," they are betraying a deep misunderstanding of how democratic representation actually works.
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