"We the People" has long been held to be the focus of the United States of America. Decisions are supposed to be made for the greater good, and as a collaborative intelligent effort that is determined by the collective needs of the American populous. For the most part our Presidential candidates have followed these principles, with some exceptions where the pushes of interested parties have swayed the determination of the candidate. The one thing that we have not seen before is the intentional focus from a candidate being their own well being.
That is happening this year. Trump has singularly been focused on agendas that help him. Donald Trump spent his formative years in the insular environments of private schools in the New York City area. He was afforded opportunities that few of us will ever know. He graduated from college in 1968 and started working for his dad in the real estate business. It is very easy to assume that he was insulated from much of the activism of the 60s and early 70s and probably looked down upon the movement despite his ability to dodge the draft. Many business people during this time felt that the activist movement was a distraction to the running of America. In fact, Trump went out of his way screen out minority applicants to one of their housing projects in 1973.
This was the beginning of the "Me Decade" and Trump felt right at home during this time. He built a reputation as a playboy and a very visible businessman during this time. Trump was all about self promotion, having renamed his father's company "The Trump Organization" and adding his name to just about every property they owned. Tom Wolfe asserts that what defines the Me Decade is a move towards attitudes of gentrification, or the push on aristocracy. Trump is all about achieving a level of attainment that his father with all his success failed to do. For some reason or another it is apparent that Trump felt unknown growing up and constantly seeks recognition and congratulations for his achievements.
Chances are that during his attendance in private school he experienced an incident where someone with parents of note and fame put him down for some reason. Since his father quietly built his fortune the younger Trump felt that somehow he didn't live up to this standard and lashed out in such a way as to warrant his removal from the school. What we see today is Trump lashing out against those that he feels have not accepted him as an equal or superior. His attempts in the past to comment on the state of the union were met with humor and disdain.
In 2011 Trump attended the White House Correspondents dinner only to be roasted to oblivion. Seth Meyers and President Obama lobbed roast after roast Donald's way, and you can be sure he did not take that lightly. It probably shot him back to a day during his time at the Kew-Forest School where he felt like an outsider, and unappreciated. That is the danger, Trump isn't running for "We the People", he is running in some sort of vendetta that involves "We Me".