Populists tend to raise issues that a lot of people are concerned about. They tend to focus on problems that are not being addressed. If traditional elites and institutions can look and say ‘hey, we better figure out better ways of dealing with these issues and concerns,’ then populists will have performed, oddly enough, a kind of backhanded service.
But that is exactly the problem, the Elitist never do listen or change. They are Elitists because they believe they know better than everyone else and those who complain are just too stupid, too simple minded, to understand just how perfect the Elitists are.
This is why Hillary Clinton felt completely safe in calling half of all Trump supporters “deplorable” and lacking any redeeming quality in society. Elitists really believe everyone should just bow down to them.