Verv wrote:He certainly was different than any previous candidates, by a mile, so I consider him to be anti-establishment, though if you twist my arm maybe I would laugh and say alt establishment?
Trump was not controlled by his party, unlike a Bush or Clinton or Biden. He worked Washington DC for his own private corporate advantages, but he was not himself Washington.
I'm sure he had his share of favors to repay but it wasn't on the same party-level, it was more ad-hoc where he himself was in control and making deals rather than owing favors to the party and its funders, therefore he could operate outside of those typical DC establishment confines. Him having a lot of money and free publicity (due to his control of the news cycle) would help with that, while someone like Hillary needs to depend largely on campaign donors.
A Bernie Sanders did it differently than Trump. He just straight up said he won't have a Super PAC or take big corporate dollars to be controlled. Corporate America backed Clinton and Biden (and others) on the Dem side because they could be influenced with money.