In political theory, the elite are the richest, most powerful, best-educated, or best-trained group in society.
Americans believed that the problems politicians claim to have a solution for are problems created by the political elite. These include inequality, poverty, war, drugs, racism, and immigration. This kind of elitism is represented by politicians such as Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump represented the opposite of this group. Many of Trump's voters claimed they were actually voting "against Hillary", rather than for him specifically. They did not believe Trump was a qualified candidate, however voted him due to his anti-establishment outlook.
Rejecting the premises