Trump was a super-spreader of this Anglo-Saxon variant of populism. He promised to help the poor but actually helped the rich. His actions were inseparable from the interests of his own businesses, party donors and a wider oligarchy. True, the US economy did well until the Covid pandemic hit, but there was no substantial economic or social “levelling up”.
Lowest poverty rate in two generations. Lowest unemployment rate since the 1970s. Lowest gap between black and white unemployment rate since whenever.
True, attributing all that to Trump alone would be more than a bit odd. But still….