The American government, run by corporations whose sole motivation is greed, has ignored the needs of ordinary Americans for decades.
From the world economic wreckage caused by the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act to the Iraq war based entirely on lies to the disintegration of middle-class wages to an epidemic of armed toddlers to the police shootings of unarmed citizens in the streets, Americans’ quiet desperation has been growing steadily louder and louder and louder.
No, everything is not “just fine.” Societies in which things are “fine” do not create demagogues, people who use misdirection to peddle ugly, racist, violent solutions to the enraged and fearful. Demagogues do not arise by happenstance, out of nowhere. They arise only because you have ignored the festering conditions that create them.