"Bob Rumson is the only one doing the talking! People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."
-- Lewis Rothschild, The American President (1995)
I could write so much more, and I know many others have, but to me this is the primary reason why we're currently in the fucked up state of affairs this country is seeing. The Democratic Party, collectively, turned their back on the working poor in rural areas of this country a couple decades ago, and over that time, the Republican Party did a wonderful job of fanning the flames of fire and resentment, but otherwise did nothing but break their promises. It left Trump with a massive opening: he was perceived as a political outsider talking to them, and they turned out in droves. They believed, despite a record that showed that he has never cared about anyone other than himself, simply because he wasn't the establishment and he was talking to them. They'll keep believing every word he says, for quite a while too, because they've become emotionally invested in the idea he'll bring back the manufacturing, retail, and energy production jobs of old -- even though those jobs are gone forever, the victims of long-term structural changes resulting from the Internet, deregulation, trickle-down economics, and a move away from carbon-based fuels.
I don't know how long it will take Trump voters to admit that they've been conned. I can only hope that the damage Trump and his kleptocracy only sets us back years instead of decades.