Please visit Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, or any of the other former US manufacturing powerhouses, and specifically the factory towns within those states, and tell the people there about the benefits of free trade. What's been happening for the past 30+ years is that masses of people who are second, third, even fourth generation into factory jobs, who've worked those jobs since they graduated high school, who've been raised themselves and went on to raise their families on the salaries and benefits of those jobs, who have since watches as their friends and family members have lost those jobs one after another, who've stood on the factory floor to hear about how their job is going away in 12-14 months and won't be coming back, who've had to go home to their wives/husbands/kids with the knowledge that the only job they've ever had or ever known is going away, who've had their homes foreclosed and their kids go from great lives to a welfare Christmas, who've wiped out their retirement funds just to try and keep going a little longer - those people have been told over and over by coastal elites from BOTH parties all about how great free trade is because of the cheap shit stocking the shelves of Walmart.
Despite the very obvious feeling from everyone at the top of the food chain, these people are not stupid. As they watch everyone around them - and finally themselves - lose everything they worked their entire lives to build with their blood, sweat, tears, labor, long hours, and tired backs, they're told over and over how good this is for them. They're not stupid. They're losing everything. Everyone around them is losing everything. Those who haven't already lost everything are having sleepless nights over and over because they see the writing on the wall and know they don't have a path forward. Their only hope is to somehow luck out and keep their job until their kids are out of the house and they're close enough to retirement to skate by.
Conventional economic theory isn't doing a goddamn thing for those people, their kids, their spouses, their families, their friends, or their towns. They're getting fucked every which way. And I'm getting a blender that breaks after 2 months because it's a cheap piece of shit built by someone who doesn't care halfway around the world. This isn't good for any of us. And it isn't good for the planet, either.
You want to know why Clinton lost all those "blue wall" states? Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
It's moments like that, repeated over and over again in places all across the rust belt, driven by globalization and free trade policies that both major parties supported. Trump is the first politician in a generation to really speak to those people in a way that made sense.