I agree and am impressed that you would have called out the ambassador on his use of the term. It seems to me that it is being demonised by affiliation with Hitler and the WWII German Nazi movement. Whereas, if contrasted against the term "popular vote" one can see that "populism" is closely connected to democracy. Rule by the mob is OK when the mob is controlled and popular sentiments are consistent with globalist political agendas, apparently, but not if it is in support of less government and less government intervention. And to add, if the IMF's Christine Legarde uses the term one can be assured it is an elitist perjorative to condemn anti-globalist sentiment.