I have been a political animal for my whole life - thanks Dad. I have seen a lot, and while I make no claim to being a genius, I am amazed that people in the media who should know (or be able to know) why Donald Trump has hit such a chord with the American public have so badly missed it.
So, folks, here it is, in simple terms that the folks who live both outside the top 1% income bracket and outside the northeast corridor can understand, but which the media apparently cannot.
People are tired of being pissed on and told that it's raining.
They have been pissed on by NAFTA, by GATT, by Open Borders, and by every third-world country with the presence of mind to grease the right political palms in Washington, DC and get a deal for themselves to maximize both their own growth and the political war chests of those who do their bidding. All of that crap served one purpose and one purpose only - to maximize the wealth of the very top level of society at the expense of the rest. I mean, how many abandoned factories does one have to see to realize that this has happened??? Of course, the media rarely ventures out into the hinterlands to actually see any factories - abandoned or otherwise.
No hard feelings against those countries, and those immigrants. They saw an opportunity to better their situation and they took it. Those hard feelings (maybe hatred is a better word) are now being manifested against The Bushes, The Clintons, and everyone else of that ilk. Those hard feelings include their sycophants in the media, BTW. Those being, of course, the same sycophants who can's see why the masses haven't fallen in love with Jeb Bush, or Hillary Clinton.
P.S. This post is written about Donald Trump, but the same reasoning applies to Bernie Sanders, the Democratic equivalent of Trump, who is striking the same chord on the other side of the aisle.