I do seek out that understanding, and don’t currently feel “baffled” as far as I can tell. Their positions make sense to me and I find them valid. At the same time, I have a divergent one.
I apologize if I framed everyone who supports Trump as a victim. That isn’t my mental model at all. Many of the supporters I know are *quite* empowered, e.g. Peter Thiel.
Thank you for being interested in understanding and communicating with the other side — I will continue trying to live up to that same standard.