Historian Thomas Frank discusses backlash against populism in politics

Historian Thomas Frank joined Hill.TV's "Rising" on Thursday and discussed the history of neoliberal opposition to populism as well as his new book, "The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism."

Speaking with co-hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, Frank explained that populism had originated as a term to describe a radical left-wing movement in 1891, but had since been co-opted and transformed to describe anti-democratic figures and movements around the world.

"Everywhere you turn the world 'populism' is used as a kind of negative thing, as something you need to avoid and be suspicious of," Frank explained. "We use it as shorthand now for racist authoritarian demagogues, which is, you know, completely 180 degrees the reverse of the original meaning."

Watch part of Frank's interview above: