Lumping Sanders and Trump together in a left-right populist dualism not only takes the elite media’s frame for granted, it stretches the notion of ‘populism’ as a framework of analysis beyond useful limits. Sanders’ appeal to authenticity and economic grievances is very different than Trump’s defense of white America in style, substance and audience.
Beating Trump isn’t a detour from a political revolution — it’s essential to it.
Duncan Meisel

The idea that I am lumping Sanders and Trump together is preposterous. I’m clear about the huge difference between content and form, and I explicitly push back on the media narrative. My research is on populism, and its leftwing and rightwing forms — whose contents are totally at odds! Part of the problem here is the ambiguous definition of the term populism. My definition of populism — which I do explain in the article—is inspired by Laclau and Mouffe, and it’s about a form where the interests of ‘the people’ are articulated along certain lines and they are pitted against ‘the establishment’, which is out of touch with everyday people. Both Trump and Sanders do this. That doesn’t make their political agendas remotely equivalent, and it’s not “lumping Sanders and Trump together” to describe each one as making anti-establishment appeals.