“I think Trump maybe one of those figures in history who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretense”; July 2018, Henry Kissinger.
Voters in 2016 preferred an authentic bad boy of the private sector to the public’s disingenuous good girl.
The republicans also had heir own sort of unpopular dogmas in addition to uninspiring national candidates:
a) Fair trade was seen as less important than free trade
b) Illegal immigration was largely ignored to ensure inexpensive unskilled labor for business.
c) Constant overseas interventions were seen as the necessary wages of global leadership.
d) Huge annual budget deficits were ignored.
Besides, the culture of the two coasts mattered more than what was in between’