Populist discourse usually highlights two kinds of differences. The first style of populist differ-ence-making makes a vertical distinction. Populists accuse the existing political class of not serving the people. Politicians are portrayed by populists as corrupt, incapable and myopic, as violators of the common good. Correspondingly, populists portray themselves as honest and serious, striving to bring back sincerity to politics and serve the common good. This claim to represent the true will of ordinary people is a frequent feature of the populist narrative.
Debattenbeitrag Democratic Political Identity and Anti-Muslim Populism