Here is an excellent video produced by a reporter for the left-wing British newspaper, The Guardian, which I think provides an enlightening look at the factors and the people driving Trump’s success.
It’s done without the condescension that you would expect from a U.S. journalist. Trump’s supporters are portrayed as reasonable people, stuck in very bad situations, who are making rational decisions to back someone who might actually do something to change things.
The people portrayed here understand Trump’s weaknesses and the problems with his candidacy, but they think a tough character, which Trump undeniably is, is needed to reverse the country’s travails.
“I hate the way he talks about women, but I love the way he handles things,” said one woman interviewed. Pressed about whether Trump is a nutty egomaniac, she said, quite reasonably, “I’m trying to pick the best of the evils.
Another man acknowledged that Trump was off-balanced, but noted the silver lining. “I think he is a little crazy, but that’s what it’s going to take to undo what Barack Obama’s done.”