I don’t want to join those who hail Donald Trump, after the fact, as a genius, but it must be acknowledged that more than anyone else, he tailored his candidacy to the new issues landscape. The subjects he emphasizes the most, immigration and trade, are the wedge issues of the day.Hinderaker also notes that the social conservatives and economic conservatives, in the post-Cold War era, no longer have opposing Communism as a unifying theme. Getting unified around opposing jihadi radicalism hasn't worked the same "magic."
Trump is no conservative. He is, however, pro-America. His slogan, make America great again, resonates with conservatives of all stripes. On the other hand, it is anathema to liberals, who believe that America never was great, and certainly don’t want her to start being great now. And Trump, like no one else, pushes back against the Left’s efforts to suppress free speech, which usually go under the too-generous rubric of political correctness.
I particularly enjoy his "liberals, who believe that America never was great" wisecrack. I wish for them the joy of some Third World hellhole.