hehehe... Hightower is right. Know how I know? "Populism" has been scornfully run up the flagpole recently in an inverted form connecting it to the plethora of false promises slathered over the vox populi by the current president.
Newsweek tried to look at Trump as "populist" in 2015.
New Republic - also in 2015 - Donald Trump Is Not a Populist. He's the Voice of Aggrieved Privilege.
(...) Far from being a defender of the little people against the elites, Trump plays to the anxiety of those who fear that their status is being challenged by people they regard as their social inferiors. That’s why the word “loser” is such a big part of his vocabulary.
Trump is not the first authoritarian bigot to be mislabeled a populist. In truth, the term almost always gets misused to describe movements that are all about persevering (and enhancing) hierarchy, not about creating a more egalitarian society. Populism has been misused to describe Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusade, the John Birch Society, and David Duke’s white nationalism, among others.(...)"
Bernie... Bernie is another story. If nothing else he has very effectively challenged the fear mongering that has been used for decades if not centuries to prevent solidarity among the healthy variations of the vox populi.
Think global, act local makes more sense to me every day.