interpret for me ... was it the policies which inspired millennials or is it the cult of personality and modern Americans suffer from a disease.
It's a bit of a chicken/egg question. But I'm going with the policies.
They stood out from the pack and resonated with younger voters because younger voters(Millienals and now the first waves of ZGen) tend towards socialism. Unlike older folks they are seeing the ravages of runaway capitalism.
Then he went viral and became a Super Hero.