It strikes me that the only reason it’s even feasible to make the Republican Party something that stands for the working man is because ten years ago, a bunch of bankers got bailed out …
Yes, exactly. You’re 100 percent correct. At eleven in the morning on September 18th of 2008, in the Oval Office, when the secretary of Treasury and the chair of the Federal Reserve told the president of the United States, “We need a trillion dollars by 5 p.m.” — boom. That lit a match, and the explosion was Trump.

Steve Bannon on How 2008 Planted the Seed for the Trump Presidency.

If you, like I, keep forgetting what drove a critical mass of voters to Donald Trump, read this and bookmark it. There’s no artifice here, and it’s one of darned few plausible explanations.