The average human has a very local horizon. Starting at “me” and not venturing too far afield from the self, the average person takes life pretty much as nature has programed them — survive, seek advantage where possible, procreate, hope and constantly deflect from the uncomfortable.
Thus it has been said that history is played out above the heads of the masses by the best and worst of society. Meaning that physiologically a huge portion of humankind has no defense against the likes of Donald J. Trump. Feed an unrelenting stream of lies, reality of anything — it being but what the great leader says it is — eventually fades away. It’s what Hitler called his iron will to lead. Indeed, the “strongman” wills his own reality for his own purposes and the mindless robots fall in line.
In other word such niceties as free thought and democracy have no special place in nature’s scheme of things. Rather it’s simply a game of leaders and followers, without thought or wisdom poking around in the process.
The common man only revolts against perceived weakness, not against persecution. Trump has little talent for anything outside of faking strength, but unfortunately with a little luck that might be all he needs to bring the country to its knees.