“Trump appeals to them because he seems to be showing them respect. Supporting Trump, when he is so obviously despised by those same elite, is a form of retaliation.”

What most worries Wagner, the nurse from Aspinwall, is the stability of the economy — “not just for me, but for my family, my friends and my community. How do we fit in?

“No one looks us in the eye on the national stage and says to us, ‘We need to take the blame for how we’ve hurt your lives,’ ” she said after listening to Trump.

Sadly, the first step in fixing the aggravation felt by working-class families as their hometowns, schools and quality of life decay, is for members of America’s political class to take some blame for those frustrations.

But they don’t, and they won’t.