Rick Danker explains how Trump did it.
"He made an all-in bet on the notion that people won't be told by their elites what to do, an idea long respected in American politics but never tested on the scale of a presidential campaign."The article also answered my question, How did Trump read the discontent in the country so accurately and way before anyone else? How did he outperform all other politicians--once they caught on--in addressing this discontent?
"For years, he had maintained an open-door policy at Trump Tower for Republicans, hearing out everyone from fellow presidential aspirant Rick Santorum to CEO-turned-senator David Perdue about where the country needed to go and how Democrats could be beaten.
He paid a staffer to listen to talk radio to find out what issues people were calling about.
Backstage at events, he was known to quietly ask everyday workers about their lives and their jobs. Trump's populism wasn't a stance; it was an informed point of view."Based on that, President-elect Trump...
"... wove his issues into a siren call that the system-the media, the Democratic donors, the branches of government connected to special interests-was rigged."
Or, as Trump's top strategist Steve Bannon put it,
"Elites have taken all the upside for themselves and pushed the downside to the working- and middle-class Americans."
Trump asked voters for once-in-a-lifetime permission to blow up the modern American political superstructure and get back to basics. As Bannon said, "This is not the French Revolution. They destroyed the basic institutions of their society and changed their form of government. What Trump represents is a restoration-a restoration of true American capitalism and a revolution against state-sponsored socialism."
The "Experts" are mostly bullshitting touts
If Trump can do it, so can a Dem candidate in 2020. If GOP moralists try to mount a revanchist campaign to claw back social gains won for gays and transgendered, they will give the Dems an opening. The same outcome will happen if a Trump presidency unleashes the dark forces of racism, misogyny and hatred progressives spent so much energy screaming about during the campaign.
Dems will refocus on the heartland and neglect their base in the big cities. Their support there is so deep they can afford to do it. The vast majority of those deep blue populations will never vote for a Republican. They worst they can do is stay home. In California, the Dems could still take the state even if three-million stayed home. In New York, 1.5 million Democrat could sit it out and the Democrat candidate would still win that state.
Exception: Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are critical for Dems in 2020. Also Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami in Florida. The Democrats will flood the zone in those cities. That is how they take back those states Trump flipped.
The Democrat party will learn from Trump's unprecedented success and will do a good job adapting their strategy. All political victories are transitory.
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi