I am glad I did not vote for either candidate in the presidential election as it gives me more latitude to comment on it. My brother Allen (a Bernie Sanders fan) posted the link to this article on his Facebook page. It is one of the best articles I have read for understanding the election. It does not hit everything, but it covers some of the main topics that are not usually addressed.
Add to this article two additional dimensions and then I believe you will have a pretty complete picture of what fueled Trump’s victory. One dimension relates to Obama’s and Clinton’s identification with and exacerbation of the culture wars. This is what pushed the religious right into an uncomfortable corner. As a whole, I believe they did not like Trump but could not stomach a promised worsening of Obama’s cultural affronts under a second Clinton administration. Secondly, I believe one probably needs to factor in Democratic opposition to NRA positions. I believe that stances in both of these issues would likely follow similar urban/rural geography to the election returns, strengthening the end result.