[People say Donald Trump have an ideology] but he does have an ideology. He is a Nationalist. At the core of any appeal like this there is a very simple equation: The us must defeat the them. That's it. That is the core of Nationalism.
And there's a reason Nationalistic appeals like that easily lend themselves to violence. What Trump supporters hear at his rallies is that America used to be great, but its greatness has been taken away. And they're told why... they're told who took it away: the protestors, the Chinese, the immigrants, the Muslims.
They're told that the reason these losers, these outsiders are able to drag America down is that we are letting them. We are letting these protestors stand up and interrupt our rallies. We are letting the Mexican government give us this terrible deal. And they're told what they need to do to stop it: they need to be tough again, they need to not be so politically correct. And if they're willing to do that, Donald Trump will have their back. He'll pay their legal fees.
There's an authoritarian impulse in America. There always has been. And now they have found their leader. And he is telling them exactly what to do and why they need to do it.
This is ugly but it is coherent. What Donald Trump is offering is an argument and a solution--an explanation and an ideology. What he's saying isn't unclear. It's not confusing. It might be dangerous, but it is extremely, extremely clear.[...]
Donald Trump "is a man with an appetite for suppressing dissent with political violence.