Although Donald Trump reflects the frustration of middle class voters who feel powerless, he also represents most of the things they are frustrated about. They just don’t resent them when they meet them in Trump himself.
Sure, he’s a boor and a user who has no respect for constitutional order. He too is a crony capitalist who promotes leftist causes. He’s a thug -– but, they reason, he’s our thug.
Trump will fade, but in all of these ways, his following bears a certain disturbing resemblance to the reaction to the failure of another political class not so very long ago. At present the greater danger is from the left; I don’t think the fascist moment has yet arrived. But let us not be too comfortable. It came as a surprise in those days too.