In 1991, Bert Karlsson, a high profile Swedish business magnate (music industry bigwig) known for rude, arrogant, abrasive, obnoxious and scandalous behavior and speech successfully campaigned for seats in the Swedish parliament. He and his party claimed to represent the common man and ran on a “right-wing populist” platform of tightened immigration policy, cracking down on crime, lowering taxes and smaller government. During the campaign and while in office, he positioned himself as as a no nonsense, straight talking and truth telling champion of ordinary people, while frequently making inflammatory, divisive, derogatory and factually incorrect statements and/or comments. He and his party was reviled by liberals and socialists and vilified by mainstream media but gained high popularity among the working class.
You think perhaps this was a trial run for Trump? The similarities are striking.