This is an extraordinary American election. The rise of Donald Trump, which has confounded all the experts, is the most remarkable characteristic of a remarkable political season, generating much angst, confusion, fury, and fear. Why is Donald Trump, a vulgar political outsider, receiving so much support? Why do people vote for him? A brief examination of the American political system and current trends in American public opinion can shed some light on this matter and hopefully alleviate some of the lurid speculation on this most remarkable celebrity politician.