Fox News Host: ‘Populism Is Pro-Family While Elitism Is Pro-Individual’

Fox News Host: ‘Populism Is Pro-Family While Elitism Is Pro-Individual’

Fox News’ Steve Hilton, 12-17-2017.
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On Sunday, Fox News’ Steve Hilton, the promoter of “positive populism,” talked about what he believes are the virtues of populism versus the negatives of alleged elitism:

Critics of the president on the Left and the Right seized on Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama as a defeat for populism. But populism isn’t Roy Moore, it’s not Steve Bannon, it’s not even Donald Trump. Populism is a peoples’ movement based on a set of ideas aimed at advancing the interests of working people and rejecting the elitist ideology of establishment Republicans and Democrats that made the rich richer and half the country poorer.

Populism is pro-worker while elitism is pro-owner. Populism is pro-family while elitism is pro-individual. Populism is pro-democracy while elitism is pro-oligarchy. The big issues driving the populist movement, they were barely debated in the Alabama special election — wage stagnation, uncontrolled immigration and the importing of cheap labor; the concentration of corporate power; our economic surrender to China; trade deals that hurt American workers; and corruption in our political system.

Are the jubilant never-Trumpers and the newly perky elitist Democrats really gonna claim that all of that was on the ballot and rejected last Tuesday? Of course not. Everyone knows that Roy Moore had nothing to do with populism, and neither does the Alabama results. What matters now for 2018, for 2020, and for years after that is building that positive pro-worker policy agenda and getting it implemented at every level of government. That is the next revolution.

.@SteveHiltonx: “Populism is pro-worker, while elitism is pro-owner. Populism is pro-family, while elitism is pro-individual. Populism is pro-democracy, while elitism is pro-oligarchy.” @NextRevFNCpic.twitter.com/x62Y1FhnTQ

— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 18, 2017

Two lines from Hilton’s monologue stand out: “Populism is pro-worker while elitism is pro-owner. Populism is pro-family while elitism is pro-individual.” Some on social media criticized Hilton for appearing to use class warfare and identity politics — longstanding tactics of progressive politicians:

Your terms of “pro-worker, pro-owner, pro-family, pro-individual, etc” are misleading. There is no conflict between most of these terms. Only political agitators want to politicize these words. Pro-individual is Pro-family. Pro-owner is pro-worker. Just have to be balanced & just

— Blake Fleming (@BlakeFleming85) December 18, 2017

Individualism built America. Capitalism made more people successful than any time in the earth’s history before it was created.

— Michelle McLeod (@Micwritermcleod) December 18, 2017

You have conflated two things that are not equal. Populism can be ANY set of beliefs. Populism can be anywhere from the left to the right on political issues. It simply implies a broad set of issues that may be popular among a large cross-section of the people at any given time

— Blake Fleming (@BlakeFleming85) December 18, 2017

If pro-individual and pro-family, pro-worker and pro-owner cannot exist together under the same banner, perhaps “positive populism” needs some retooling.