@blackjack21 , you said;
Well, I think it's pretty simple: the establishment was willfully ignoring the voters. Not every faction is going to get what they want in terms of policy, but Trump hit on the intersection (I don't want to be mistaken for this notion of "intersectionality") of wages, trade and immigration that has had a massive impact on working class voters whether they are on the political right or political left.
There's an innate tension between the rulers who have to make the decisions about the overall governance of society, and everybody else, who is going about their lives as best as they know how. The Elites cannot get so out of touch with the people that they don't understand the very people they rule, but on the other hand They can't always follow where the people want to be led, so to speak.
All that being said, Western Elites are very much out of touch with their peoples and with reality in general. When that happens in History, there is a 'rotation of the Elites' soon thereafter.
Trump also fairly uniquely listened to black voters. Likewise, they won't get everything they want either, but they did get funding for historically black colleges, and they got prison sentencing reform. The thing is, you would have expected Obama to do that, but he really didn't do much for blacks as a function of listening to them. He could hand out Obamaphones, but that was really another welfare state giveaway to big businesses--making guys like Carlos Slim richer.
President Trump is a lot of things, but one thing he most emphatically is not, is Racist. This again shows the stupidity of the Elites who are against him, and their weakness and ineffectiveness is matched by their frothing hatred and vitriol. About the only thing that is absolutely Evil to a Liberal anymore is Racism (or Sexism, couple other things), everything else is relative, and so Trump has to be Racist because ''Orange man bad''. I suggest that he may be evil in the classical and Christian absolute sense, but they can't hit him there without being seen as hypocrites, because they are often very much like he is morally and ethically, or far worse... His faults are normal and all-too-human faults, bad as they may be. Some of theirs cry out to Heaven for vengeance.
The other thing I suggest to searching minds and hearts is that his appeal is not a function of the people's stupidity, but the very real evil of Liberalism making a vote for him basically a vote for human civilization, as far as their concerned. People don't remove a fireman while putting out a fire because he's a bad man; if he puts out the fire, he's done enough to receive their thanks. Not saying I necessarily agree, but good people out there are thinking that way, and so the Democrats are losing them forever, and don't seem to care. After all, new voters can be imported to replace the old ones who don't see their value as a party anymore, right?
Yeah, I was for Cruz in 2016. He's a very sharp guy, and I'm guessing he has learned a lot watching Trump. It will be interesting to see what he does in 2024.
I have my problems with him, but yes I think he's someone to be watched for the future. I also understood why he did what he did in not endorsing Trump in 2016, prudent and with a statesman's foresight perhaps.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.