I don’t agree.
They may be populists, but they are also working class people. They believe in governmental integrity and personal character. They were willing to give Trump a pass on the latter because he was the only candidate in decades who was addressing their economic concerns using solutions they could stomach.
It seems to be currently in vogue among the left to assume that the character and moral values of the working class must have disappeared forever for Trump to be elected; but let’s remember that the left-leaning pundits, whether professional or amateur, just got done proving during the election cycle that they have no insight into the psychology of the middle America working class whatsoever.
I continue to be amazed at how educated political observers who have been nothing but wrong for the last two years remain absolutely sure their current predictions are correct.
At any rate, those “American values” still exist among his voters, and trust me, they have him on a short leash. He has a limited time to do what he said he will do, and there will be only a modest amount of tolerance for his BS, like attacking the judiciary and trashing Nordies for dropping his daughter’s line. If he stretches out the ACA replacement, the corporate tax reform, and the infrastructure bill too long, AND/OR his BS volume starts to hurt their ears, President Pence will start to look very good to them.