Donald Trump’s narrative is that America is weak, impoverished, humiliated and in danger both from domestic and foreign threats.
The Republican presidential candidate was clear about who is responsible for this crisis: the Democrats, President Barack Obama — and the Clintons in particular — who colluded with powerful elite interests to promote a rigged political and economic system.
Trump’s acceptance speech purportedly sought to unmask the villains and to give voice to the popular outrage of the neglected.
The Republican nominee represented himself as the hero who will pull the empire from the abyss, and who will restore honor and dignity to the nation.
Simple, clear and linear. “I am your voice,” he proclaimed to a cheering crowd from a podium surrounded by American flags.
Can this message resonate with American voters?
One hint may be found in the Chapman University Survey of American Fears: in 2015, was government corruption led the list while terrorist attacks placed third.
Nearly a third of those who had an above average fear of government, said their fears made them vote for a particular candidate.
So will Trump get to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? Twenty percent of people of the respondents also said that aliens visited Earth in the past, and that dreams can predict the future.