Trump's loss dealt a blow to global populism. But the movement is still alive and kicking

US President Donald Trump, from left, with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in London on December 4, 2019.

(CNN)For four years, Donald Trump has been the world's standard-bearer for right-wing populism. The movement didn't begin with Trump, but the US President championed it in a way no other leader could, using the weight of the most powerful office on Earth to give it legitimacy.

His election loss naturally dealt a blow to populist leaders, particularly those who share Trump's autocratic streak. Many had used the President's anti-migration, xenophobic, sexist and anti-LGBTQ policies and rhetoric to justify their own. That cover has now gone.
But that doesn't necessarily mean the populist wave has crested -- not in the United States, nor the world at large.
    President-elect Joe Biden won the Electoral College vote fair and square, but he did so on the thinnest of margins in a handful of key states.