It's funny to me that everyone on here sticks up for the 1% while the vast majority of people aren't in it.
Has nothing to do with it.
That 1% in many ways represents the American Dream.
Everyone wants their chance at the American Dream.
Everyone wants the right to pursue it.
America is historically unique in providing all comers that shot at success.
Elsewhere in the world, aristocracy seeks to mitigate upward mobility.
The US is not traditionally of that mindset. Here it isn't so much a matter of sticking up for the 1% as it is the possibility of joining it. That possibility forms basis for the great dynamo electrifying American exceptionalism.
If there is an us-and-them class problem at the upper end though, perhaps it resides with the 0.01%, mainly Democrats, who seek a Drawbridge strategy. i.e., "We've made it past the moat to the Castle! Now raise the Drawbridge so others can't follow."