He, instead, is appealing to a purely nostalgic vision of American careerism, one that was nearly impossible for Hillary Clinton, with all her scandals, however invented, to rebut.
Debate Won’t Save You: Some thoughts on the Steves.
Jay Caspian Kang

It was either tell them what they want to hear, “Jobs are coming back! Things will be back to normal!” (which is fantasy) or try and tell them a complicated truth (that the entire system failed them, but plenty of blame to go around and the solutions aren’t simple).