There are many dissections of the Trump election. To me, the most convincing case is that it was a class distinction election. The college educated class lost and non college won. It was not about tax reform, abortion, gay marriage or immigration. They disguised the real issue, class.
Another way of explaining this phenomenon was proivided by economic columnist, Robert Samuelson. He explained the election was not about the “one percent”. It was about the “twenty percent”. This twenty percent is the upper middle income class who mostly have moved up faster in income than the non college middle and lower middle classes.
The resentment set in when so many watched women and racial minorities move past middle and lower middle white men. Things got much better for the upper middle and very little for those white males.
It is ironic that participation in religion is falling faster among middle and lower middle white males than across the higher income classes. Could it be they feel both God and politics promised them something and did not deliver?
It is almost certain nothing will happen in the near future to appease their resentment. The status of lower middle is likely to continue its relative decline. The only thing Trump and followers could do to appease the lower middle would be to prevent the upper middle from getting what it wants. Even that seems unlikely.
Nevertheless, Trump signals white lower middle white males he is helping them get revenge. It is great political theater.