Watergate was the scandal of my generation and the phrase by “Deep Throat” to “follow the money” rings as true now as it did then. How could a person with such a flawed character become president. The answer is to “follow the money”.
Yes there is definitely a racist part of the Trump base but they alone could never have elected our future president. The majority of the 20% of our population who put him in the office were people who felt they have been wronged by the world for the last twenty years or more. Some are the ones who once had lucrative factory jobs that have since been replaced by foreign labor or robots. Their primary goal was to change the status quo, or to “drain the swamp” as they put it. I definitely am aligned with that thought but I was not willing to use Mr. Trump as my change agent. I was waiting around for a better possibility.
I am not really a patient person in almost any regard but I saw the current outsider as just too unstable to meet the task at hand. I was willing to patiently wait until someone else came upon the scene who was better suited to sit in the Oval Office. Maybe that person was Bernie but since the Democratic establishment had already crowned Hillary as the heir apparent he was brushed aside. A Sanders vs Trump election certainly would have been an interesting one!
It seems that my patience was not shared by many out in the hinterland. They had been waiting long enough and were willing to take a change, an enormous chance in my mind, with what was in front of them. So they teamed up with some very unlikely allies to make that happen. It would not be the first time that radicals such as the KKK or white supremacists aligned with rural EvangelicalChristians in the political arena. It has happened numerous times in the American South.
We shouldn’t pretend that this election was about walls, minorities, or people in the country illegally. It was primarily about money, that was income lost by those in the rural areas due to automation, climate change and global sourcing and general movement from the countryside to metropolitan areas. It was about them watching their small towns disintegrate while the big cities got all the money. I do find it strange that most who voted for him probably buy things made in China instead of buying American made items that inevitably cost more.
That unwillingness to spend a little more caused jobs to leave for lower cost foreign labor. In the beginning of this offshore migration there were several American companies who fought hard to stay in the country but when they were cut out of markets due to foreign made goods it was either join them or go out of business. I was employed by one of those companies who waited too long before moving their manufacturing process off shore. My division lost so much money trying to compete that it were eventually sold to foreign competitors.