The perception of the minority that the defined economy, that has little or nothing to do with the majority of the population, is doing well is the essential illusion. People are normalized to having net negative assets because debt is perceived as reward.
This allows the capitalist oligarchy to complete acquisition of all available assets. This has been accomplished in only 60 years.
The result will be steady elimination of jobs with obedience controlled by increased debt payment and subservience rewarded with lower debt payment. This is what is being used now to motivate Trump supporters. Loose credit is mistakenly indistinguishable from the acquisition of capital assets with fear that others will somehow steal the available credit.
To maintain this has required corruption of the educational system and the normalization of constant anxiety and insecurity. So these people are defined by their misery and their very expensive trucks.
I don’t think Trump has more than a level of criminal and self promotional cunning. Notoriety is fame to him but it must always be more as his mental disintegration evolves. He is being used to distract the population and media from the massive scam of late stage predatory capitalism.
This is increasingly dangerous but the vastly wealthy predators are not bright enough to see the end approaching. But the majority who can see parts of the scam are told they are powerless and are exhausted by rising tension.
There is no good end to this.