How it happened that they, the wealthy of recent history, turned their backs on responsibility or anything akin to the noble concept of the public good—a "quaint' idea for them, no less—is the focus of this account as follows:
"The story of Trump’s rise is often told as a hostile takeover. In truth, it is something closer to a joint venture, in which members of America’s élite accepted the terms of Trumpism as the price of power. Long before anyone imagined that Trump might become President, a generation of unwitting patrons paved the way for him. From Greenwich and places like it, they launched a set of financial, philanthropic, and political projects that have changed American ideas about government, taxes, and the legitimacy of the liberal state."