How Trump Emerged From Decades of GOP Tension | NECN
Decision 2016

Decision 2016

Full coverage of the race for the White House

How Trump Emerged From Decades of GOP Tension

"People all around the country want to send Washington the bird"

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Getty Images, FIle
    In this August, 21, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Trump campaign moved tonight's rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand.

    The emergence of Donald J. Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is an intricately woven tale: Fifty years of political, economic and cultural changes, exacerbated by the growth of conservative media, the polarization of Congress and, most recently, a crowded political landscape with no clear GOP leader. 

    In chapter two of the United States of Trump, NBC News looks at voters fed up with the status quo and looking for a champion — and they found one in a bombastic master-marketer who, based on newly unearthed footage, has spent his career promoting himself and his brand, ultimately promising to "Make America Great Again."

    "Trump is the manifestation of people's anger," said Haley Barbour, a former Mississippi governor and onetime Republican National Committee chairman. "People all around the country want to send Washington the bird, and they see him as the gigantic middle finger."