Official portrait, 2017
With its rhetoric of "the 99%" (the people) against "the 1%" (the elite), the international Occupy movement is an example of a (left-wing) populist social movement.
Trump at the New York Military Academy in 1964
The Bolivian government of left-wing populist Evo Morales and his Movement for Socialism has been described as the "prototypical case" of ethnopopulism.
Trump (far right) and wife Ivana in the receiving line of a state dinner for King Fahd of Saudi Arabia in 1985, with U.S. president Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan
Protesters from the Tea Party movement, a right-wing populist formation in the United States
Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan
The Argentine political theorist Ernesto Laclau developed his own definition of populism. He regarded it as a positive force for emancipatory change in society.
Entrance of the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City
A 2012 rally by members of the left-wing populist United Socialist Party of Venezuela in Maracaibo
Trump and New Jersey Generals quarterback Doug Flutie at a 1985 press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower
Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been cited as a populist leader who has undermined liberal democracy upon taking power.
Trump at a New York Mets baseball game in 2009
Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, 1936
Trump and President Bill Clinton in June 2000
Ilya Repin's painting, Arrest of a Propagandist (1892), which depicts the arrest of a narodnik
Trump speaking at CPAC 2011
Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and leader of the French National Front, the "prototypical radical right party" which used populism to advance its cause
Trump campaigning in Arizona, March 2016.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with US President Donald Trump
2016 electoral vote results. Trump won 304–227
Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines and Narendra Modi of India. They are both considered populist leaders.
Women's March in Washington on January 21, 2017
Trump is sworn in as president by Chief Justice John Roberts
Trump speaks to automobile workers in Michigan, March 2017
Trump and group of officials and advisors on the way from White House complex to St. John's Church
Trump examines border wall prototypes in Otay Mesa, California.
Trump with the other G7 leaders at the 45th summit in France, 2019
Trump and Xi Jinping at 2018 G20 Summit.
Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the 2017 Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting with Taliban delegation in Qatar in September 2020
Trump meets Kim Jong-un at the Singapore summit, June 2018
Putin and Trump shaking hands at the G20 Osaka summit, June 2019
Trump and his third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.
Trump conducts a COVID-19 press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on March 15, 2020
Poland's president Andrzej Duda visited the White House on June 24, 2020, the first foreign leader to do so since the start of the pandemic.
Trump boards helicopter for COVID-19 treatment on October 2, 2020
Trump discharged on October 5, 2020, from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Members of House of Representatives vote on two articles of impeachment, December 18, 2019
Trump displaying the front page of The Washington Post reporting his acquittal by the Senate
Trump at a 2020 campaign rally in Arizona
2020 Electoral College results, Trump lost 232–306
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signing the second impeachment of Trump
Trump speaks at the "Rally to Protect Our Elections" in Phoenix, Arizona, July 2021.
Trump talking to the press, March 2017
Fact-checkers from The Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and CNN compiled data on "false or misleading claims" (orange background), and "false claims" (violet foreground), respectively.

Trump's political positions have been described as populist, protectionist, isolationist, and nationalist.

- Donald Trump

Following 2016, the year which saw the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union—both events linked to populism—the word populism became one of the most widely used terms by international political commentators.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with U.S. President Donald Trump in March 2019

Right-wing populism

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with U.S. President Donald Trump in March 2019
Pauline Hanson, leader of One Nation
Hong Jun-pyo, former leader of LKP
Heinz-Christian Strache, former leader of the Freedom Party of Austria and Vice-Chancellor of Austria
Flag used by the now-defunct Vlaams Blok
Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front and 2017 presidential candidate
Viktor Orbán (Fidesz-KDNP), the incumbent Prime Minister of Hungary
The Alternative for Germany is a political party that was founded in 2013 and is now led by Jörg Meuthen and Alexander Gauland, being Germany's leading right-wing populist party
Panos Kammenos, leader of Independent Greeks and Greek Minister for National Defence
Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the liberal-conservative Forza Italia and former Prime Minister of Italy.
Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom
Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jarosław Kaczyński with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Santiago Abascal, leader of VOX, during the party conference in October 2018.
Margaret Thatcher, leader of the centre-right Conservative Party and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Right-wing populism, also called national populism and right-wing nationalism, is a political ideology which combines right-wing politics and populist rhetoric and themes.

American businessman and media personality Donald Trump won the 2016 United States presidential election after running on a platform that included right-wing populist themes.

Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign

Trump at an early campaign event in New Hampshire on July 16, 2015
Trump signs the Republican loyalty pledge promising to support the candidate nominated by the party and to not run as a third-party candidate, if he failed to clinch the nomination.
Trump and supporters attend a rally in Muscatine, Iowa, in January 2016
Trump campaign logo during the primaries and prior to selection of Mike Pence as running mate
Anti-Trump protesters outside arena as Chicago rally is shut down on March 11, 2016
Kellyanne Conway at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2016
Candidate Trump and running mate Mike Pence at the Republican National Convention, July 2016
Trump became the first Republican since the 1980s to win the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Director Peter Navarro addresses President Donald Trump's promises to American people, workers, and domestic manufacturers (Declaring American Economic Independence on June 28, 2016) in the Oval Office with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross before President Trump signs Executive Orders regarding trade in March 2017
The initial campaign wordmark was featured extensively in campaign merchandise.
Initial updated Trump campaign logo reflecting the adoption of Mike Pence as Donald Trump's vice-presidential candidate, but later replaced
Make America Great Again slogan worn by a Trump supporter
Trump speaks at an Arizona rally in March 2016.
Trump delivering a speech in August 2016
Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona
Speaker Paul Ryan meets with Donald Trump and Mike Pence on Capitol Hill after their election victory
Trump, his wife Melania, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Eric Trump, February 1, 2016
Supporters and protesters outside the August 9, 2016, campaign event at UNC-Wilmington's Trask Coliseum in Wilmington, North Carolina
A protester holding a sign toward Trump supporters asking for Trump to publicly release his tax returns, at an August 9, 2016, campaign event in Wilmington, North Carolina
Donald Trump's tweet activity from his first tweet in May 2009. His tweet activity pattern has changed from 2013.
Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held informal talks with the President-elect on November 17, 2016.
A protest sign in New York City

The 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump was formally launched on June 16, 2015, at Trump Tower in New York City.

Trump's populist positions in opposition to illegal immigration and various trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, earned him support especially among voters who were male, white, blue-collar, working class, and those without college degrees.

Title page from the second edition (Amsterdam 1631) of De jure belli ac pacis


Idea and movement that holds that the nation should be congruent with the state.

Idea and movement that holds that the nation should be congruent with the state.

Title page from the second edition (Amsterdam 1631) of De jure belli ac pacis
A postcard from 1916 showing national personifications of some of the Allies of World War I, each holding a national flag
Senator Johan Vilhelm Snellman (1806–1881), who also possessed the professions of philosopher, journalist and author, was one of the most influential Fennomans and Finnish nationalists in the 19th century.
A painting by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville from 1887 depicting French students being taught about the lost provinces of Alsace-Lorraine, taken by Germany in 1871.
The Millennium of Russia monument built in 1862 to celebrate one thousand years of Russian history.
Revolutionaries in Vienna with German tricolor flags, May 1848
Adolf Hitler being welcomed by a crowd in Sudetenland, where the pro-Nazi Sudeten German Party gained 88% of ethnic-German votes in May 1938.
People cheering as Giuseppe Garibaldi enters Naples in 1860
Beginning in 1821, the Greek War of Independence began as a rebellion by Greek revolutionaries against the ruling Ottoman Empire.
Breakup of Yugoslavia
General Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), a leader of independence in Latin America
Kenneth Kaunda, an anti-colonial political leader from Zambia, pictured at a nationalist rally in colonial Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in 1960
Changes in national boundaries in post-Soviet states after the revolutions of 1989 followed by a resurgence of nationalism
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, sometimes called the "Tropical Trump", with United States President Donald Trump
Nationalist and liberal pressure led to the European Revolutions of 1848
Crowd demonstrates against Britain in Cairo on 23 October 1951 as tension continued to mount in the dispute between Egypt and Britain over control of the Suez Canal and Anglo-Egyptian Sudan.
Ukrainian nationalists carry portraits of Stepan Bandera and flags of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army
World War II United States Patriotic Army Recruiting Poster
A political mural in Caracas featuring an anti-American and anti-imperialist message
Nationalist slogan "Brazil, love it or leave it", used during the Brazilian military dictatorship

The rise of globalism in the late 20th century led to a rise in nationalism and populism in Europe and North America.

The 2016 United States presidential campaign saw the unprecedented rise of Donald Trump, a businessman with no political experience who ran on a populist/nationalist platform and struggled to gain endorsements from mainstream political figures, even within his own party.