Cugel wrote: The USA truly has become a place stuffed to the brim with barmpots of the most swivel-eyed ilk. Mind, it always was like that. But now the inmates are running the asylum, in just the way you'd expect crazy people to run anything.
I wish that we could explain it away like that. People know that Trump is full of (stuff moderators can't post). But he has a message that sells, and he sells it well. That the economy seems to be doing well helps him.
"The economy is doing well
". For whom? Not for hordes of the ever-growing underclass in the USA, many of whom were once the middle class but now no more. Of course, if you're a holder of stocks or shares; if you're a financier or rentier - lovely jubbly - you are more free than ever to exploit the bejasus out of everyone else!
Is the economy the only thing that matters? Clinton used to say so, in typical Yank style - "It's the economy, stupid
". In fact the economy was greatly improved by Obama after the disasters of Bush but the loons who voted for Trump didn't do so for economic reasons. Well. apart from the already filthy rich who hoped to become even richer via the promised Trump tax cuts to the incomes of the filthy rich. (The peasants got about 10 cents a piece).
Trump voters do look like turkeys voting for Christmas, from the economic point of view (theirs not his). So why did they vote for him? For reasons that might be classed as "undemocratic" amongst other things. They didn't want those not like them to have a voice. Many wish that those not like them could be "cleansed" from the country, one way or another. Trump seems intent on trying to satisfy their dark wants.
You can justify Trump's election with the mantra that he achieved a certain degree of popularity with the masses. But not the majority (in numbers) of the masses. And not via the votes of masses who are debarred from voting by various voter-suppression techniques arranged almost exclusively by Republicans.
Trump is certainly representative of many Americans, though. No doubt there were hordes of Mongols who thought Genghis was great too, even as he did his murderous thing on an enormous scale, even to his fans. That's all right then.