The Republican likes to see himself as the avenger of the white man. He knows how to use the mass media and thus unites a broad electorate.
The rage billionaire has the masses behind him. Photo: ap
For the stumbling Republicans, Donald Trump is an indispensable warlord who, like his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi, knows how to wield all the weapons of the mass media: from clownish reality TV to hyperactive Twitter channels. The rage billionaire cultivates his rage especially on Twitter, where he maintains more than 6 million followers. Along the way, he is recreating Reagan’s old coalition of voters: educated white- and blue-collar workers, united with the swing voters who became known as Reagan Democrats. It’s a virtuoso feat that Republicans seemed to have lost in recent decades.