Putin is the wealthy, vulgar boss of a system in which all of the political actors are oligarchs, and in which money and political influence work in tandem — exactly the kind of system that Trump and his children aspire to create.
But why protest when they could proselytize? For the reasons acknowledged by Krugman, Brooks, and Page, Trump’s attracting marginalized Americans. Some are racist thugs, but others are victims of circumstance and the very Americans for whom, though apparently not to whom, Bernie Sanders, for one, says he speaks. Why do Trump’s opponents antagonize these people when they could be trying to win them over?