Tom Brokaw suggested that Donald Trump has support because “people are fed up with being squeezed by government in a lot of ways that doesn’t do them much good” and the political outsider is speaking to those concerns.
Brokaw, appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday, explained that people like hearing “Make America great again” because it “plays in a visceral sense to people who getting up everyday saying something is wrong here and maybe that guy has got the right answer.”
Joe Scarborough: What in the world is happening in politics? You got Bernie Sanders getting 30,000 people. Donald Trump getting 20-30,000 people. Seems like they’re flying the plane upside down and winning.
Tom Brokaw: Well I think what’s happening are two things. One is the country really is, in the expression that I’ve now overused, half cocked in the ticked off position. That’s an old river guide expression. He didn’t say ticked off, he used the other phrase. And I think people are fed up with being squeezed by government in a lot of ways that doesn’t do them much good. And that’s across the board, by the way. And then in the place of money, Trump is right when he says, “I’m not going to be owned by anybody.”
Scarborough: Boy, they love hearing that, don’t they?
Mika Brzezinski: That’s so refreshing.
Brokaw: And people see that. And so when Sanders comes along for the Democrats and trump who is, as we know in New York, one of the master self-promoters of all time, a real estate guy who knows how to put his name on everything and say to the most basic way, “We’re going to build that wall. Were going to have…” No numbers attached to any of this stuff, by the way. You know, he just goes out, “Make America great again.” That plays in a visceral sense to people who getting up everyday saying something is wrong here and maybe that guy has got the right answer.
Brzezinski: I think they feel a sense of hypocrisy or worse from politicians in general, from Washington.