The inconvenient truth is that this happened because 70+ million people voted for Trump. Everyone knew he is an accident waiting to happen, but still they voted for him. You can’t blame “the unwashed” and Evangelicals for voting for him, but I can’t understand why decent and well educated people vote for a narcissist.
Whenever a country seems to no longer be as powerful as people think, they tend to vote for more nationalist people (Thatcher, Regan, Trump, etc). I think that’s what happened
While I am no fan of either Thatcher nor Reagan, I would not put them anywhere near Trump.
Reagan was at the start at least, ill informed, with some very fixed views, not a vile person like Trump, his sunny personality, however infused with his actor's training, was essentially him, he was not a 'hater'.
Thatcher was actually not that popular as Opposition Leader until a range of strike action in 1978/9 really pushed the public over the edge, later though she would describe the PM she beat in 1979, Labour Leader Jim Callaghan, despite her opposing domestic political views, as a 'great Patriot'. Can you imagine Trump saying that?
Neither were 'nationalists', which I take to read as more about hating other countries, whereas being just Patriotic is liking your own.
They could also do the job, granted later in Reagan's second term that became an issue for reasons that became apparent later, Trump's been a useless S.O.B. all his life but supported by his Father's money and later the clown show of 'Reality TV'.
No 'Apprentice' on TV and in the 2000's, for most of the US, he is an obscure figure from the 80's and 90's not well known beyond NY, where most of the voters hate him.