Francis Porretto, with his customary clarity, lays out the framework of the conflict currently raging in Washington D.C. He sees it in terms of a political re-casting of Maslow's famous Hierarchy of Needs. He sums it up in just a few words.
... the elite are aware that their opulence and status are founded on exploiting their political power over the rest of us. Moreover, they know that were they in our place, they’d resent such treatment – i.e., what they’ve done to us – and want to take a bloody vengeance. That sense is what makes the ascendancy of Donald Trump a level 1 threat to them.
Accordingly, just now, for the elite, there are no rules. They’ll do whatever they “must” to remove the usurper and reinstate themselves in Their Right and Proper Place.
There's much more at the link. Go read the whole thing, and follow the links he provides to other articles. It's worth your time.