Grannypiper ... what's with all the hate?
Things that a UK or European citizen who has not lived in the US would not understand come into play.
America is very racist compared to Europe. Mixed race couples are still 'stared' at. Just as in this country, religious freedom is a right, but you would not know it as only Christians and Jews enjoy that freedom. Being non-religious or pro-science is especially frowned upon in the 'Bible-Belt'. So much for separation of church and state (in the Constitution).
The right to own as many guns as you wish with the least amount of background checking is a huge right-wing platform. (Selling guns is big business, so the 2nd Constitutional amendment is sacrosanct). Even moderate Republicans want to keep guns out of the hands of those on the no-fly list, but they get shouted down.
Access to reasonably priced healthcare is not a right in the US. The Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) is seen as a sin of the highest order. There will never be an NHS in the US. After age 65+ and you go onto Soc Sec, you get access to Medicare, but it requires huge top ups now. My friends are paying upwards of £1000.00 a MONTH for 'Medigap' for them and their spouse. Except for highly-paid people, or strong unions, no one gets healthcare as part of a retirement package. In fact, the big car mfrs have been in a mess trying to fund union retirees healthcare plans. Going broke!
Finding ways to NOT pay your income tax is seen as a virtue of the highest order to be pursued with as many lawyers and accountants as you can afford. (Look at the trouble Greece and some other Med countries are in because of this). Or in the alternative, go under the radar and work cash in hand...but you won't gain any state pension that way. But never ever pay your taxes willingly, even if you are paying a low rate.
The list is long...
Yorkshiregal Bill Clinton was a good president. Crappy husband, but a good president. Trump is a serial adulterer, has dumped two wives because they got too 'old'. He has a foul mouth and a thin skin. He does not want to be president. He wants to win an election. I am more and more convinced he would find the life too restricting. People telling him what to do, when to do it, all day long. If he truly wanted to be president, he'd do more to inspire confidence in potential voters. He is not, he is throwing votes away.
He's got problems that cannot be fixed now. His polls have tilted since the tapes have come out about his star status entitling him to molest women. I watch the feed on my old hometown newspaper and the tide there has turned against him whereas before it was rather pro-Trump. He screwed up big time.
I feel badly for Republicans like Paul Ryan, John McCain, even Mitt Romney. But as I said in a previous post, only the most persistent and obnoxious people are willing to put themselves out there to be raked over by the press and opponents.
Something has to change.