America under Donald Trump
by Ingeborg Breuer and Ulrich Busch, February 2017
The “elite-mass split,” the tear between the establishment and the masses, damages American democracy. As a damaged democracy, there is very low trust in the competence of the government. They no longer hear what parts of society need.
Social dislocations lie behind the beautiful appearances. The official unemployment rate of 4.9% is regarded as a distortion of reality. Two-thirds of the voters consider the current economic situation miserable.