I have long ago come to understand, no one is ever all right or all wrong. That’s kind of where I start with the Trump movement. He is as flawed a candidate as has ever been, but yet, he tapped into something that is real.
I think it’s the idea people believe no one cares about them and they have become little more than units of economic output working to line the pockets of the wealthy.
There is something to that. Trump voters have legitimate concerns; they see factories closing and it seems all the jobs that once led to a good middle class life are going overseas. They see a changing world-scape where America exceptionalism is global commonness.
They are not quite sure whose fault it is, but it is somebody’s. And they may be right that it is the political elite doing most of the damage, but as someone once said, “The messenger becomes the message.”
And because of all things Trump he probably won’t win, but we shun the message of his supporters at our own peril. They are on to something to here. There is a bubbling beneath the surface we all need to come to grips with if we want to move forward as a nation and an economic powerhouse.
Trump supporters are not outliers, they are educators.