We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
To many progressives and indeed elites of all persuasions, Trump is also the Prince of Anti-culture: mindlessly naïve American boosterism; conspicuous, 1950s-style unapologetic consumption; repetitive and limited vocabulary; fast-food culinary tastes; Queens accent; herky-jerky mannerisms; ostentatious dress; bulging appearance; poorly disguised facial expressions; embracing rather than sneering at middle-class appetites; a lack of subtlety, nuance, and ambiguity.
"...it despises him mostly for what he superficially represents." I would go even further: it despises him for what he doesn't represent. There are many non-lefty types they despise, of which Trump represents only one branch.
I don't mean to quibble, though. VDH is quite right that it is not his actions, because they seldom mention any. They don't like his words, but even those they often get wrong or over-interpret in fairly ridiculous ways. It his constant signalling to liberals that they no longer call the shots that drives them frantic.
Assistant Village Idiot
At the end of it, they have a lot invested in thinking of themselves as the cool kids. They're outraged because he doesn't accept their currency, and scared to death that the devaluation might catch on. It's as if that Nelson Muntz kid on the Simpson's who is constantly pointing and saying "Ha Ha!", just got elected Class President.