He is more a Malema. I dont find his following all that surprising. Keeping in mind that he speaks to the poor rather than the wealthy, and the poor is generally less educated. The stats around the US poor presents us with figures of 19 odd million being white, which is enough to keep him in the race. http://federalsafetynet.com/us-poverty-statistics.html
I'm getting déjà vu from my critique of objectivism
. The problem here is if the "captains of industry" only act in their own self interest the system starts intensifying income inequality and poverty just keeps gaining momentum. Eventually the poor will damn-well decide it's time to act in their
own self interest. Part of the problem, however, is that desire is not well informed nor well educated nor well expressed. Due to the nature of the beast, it is expressed in a fairly basic and blunt manner.
The more educated and well stated expression of this desire: Bernie Sanders, doesn't speak to the same audience. Even though it is probably the better alternative and in the long run better for the actual
interests of the "disenfranchised", they see him as part of the problem because he's "one of them".
The US is ripe for a revolution.
You could say the the rich tend to be equally stupid as a group, and tend to learn their lesson only when their heads hit the bottom of the basket. Wealth creates a massive false sense of security.