I’ve read a few different explanations on how Trump got elected, but they’re all from the “losing” side, the same side that was so confident that Trump couldn’t possibly win that there’s no way I can trust those explanations, no matter how good they sound. For the moment, attempting to make sense of why things are as they are is simply attempting to cope.
Its pretty clear why he won, he said he’d make build a wall, and people cheered. Nevermind that drugs and people get in through tunnels, they still cheered.
H said he was going to withdraw from NAFTA, people applauded. NAFTA does not have much popular support in Mexico either, when it was enacted most people felt it was one sided and locked us into trading mainly with the US so that a Latin american block could not form and make sure we traded oil in dollars, otherwise that could have had a negative effect on the US economy. I can’t help but note that many people in the US are so removed from the reality of what their government does to maintain its dominance that nobody really has any basis for understanding foreign policy outside of major shows of force.
He said he would make America great again, and nobody asked what that meant. They didn’t need to. They know what needs to be done to MAGA: Deport the furriners, bring back the jerbs and put the wimminz in their place.
I don’t think neoconservative policies have made people lose faith in people like Clinton, as much as she’s in bed with wall street, so is Trump. No, Trump IS wall street.
People don’t understand politics and politicians are fine with that. Trump won, not because people believed him, he won because he’s the aspirational candidate. He actually wants to make things “better” (for certain values of better")
Clinton could only try to make things less worse.
This isn’t exclusive to the US of course, Brexit was the same thing to some extent, Mexico went through something similar in our last elections, three candidates elected by their respective parties who never once represented anything other than the ruling elite asking us to choose between the lesser of three evils. (The man who married a major telenovela actress won)
Truth is, a big part of America don’t understand politics but they do understand power and a large part of America, wishes they could be Trump.