"Trump’s rise is, like that of his Democratic counterpart Bernie Sanders, a sign that a large number of voters don’t feel represented by more mainstream politicians."
"To this ruling class, the rest of the country is sometimes an annoyance
or obstacle, sometimes a source of necessary funds or votes, but always
the “other” — not our kind, dear. Too ignorant, too unpolished,
too unconnected to the right institutions and pieties to really count.
With ruling-class Republicans having more in common with ruling-class
Democrats than with the people they rule, it’s unsurprising that, as
Codevilla predicted in a later essay, millions of voters feel orphaned. Democracy
doesn’t do much for technocratically set policy that always seems to
reflect ruling-class preferences, and people feel they’ve lost control
of their own fates."