“The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that "will never change." Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn't borne out in the polls.
Such nitpicking, however, overlooks a more important part of this story. In the 1990s and 2000s, Mr. Trump had political ambitions, but the traditional two-party system and the media landscape served as impenetrable barriers. It was the breakdown of the old ways that opened a path for someone interested in breaking them down even more — in part by embracing a new base of mostly non-college-educated whites.