Cynthia Nixon is the future of the Democratic Party — for good and ill

What makes her even more purely populist than Bernie Sanders is that she combines his class-based positions with outright appeals to ethnic, gender, and racial identity politics

Cynthia Nixon.
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Thanks to President Trump, we all know what right-wing populism looks and sounds like. It's a billionaire businessman who combines race-baiting white nationalism with anti-immigration fervor, anti-Muslim discrimination, tax breaks for big business, economic protectionism, and flagrantly demagogic attacks on "the media."

But what does the left-wing version of populism look and sound like?

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