According to the "after-show" of Star Trek: Discovery, the Klingons are based on Americans. Can someone please explain how the producers aimed to make the comparison clear, or what similarities there are between Americans and Klingons? Having seen both episodes it was unclear in what respect the producers aimed to draw the comparison.
They aren't meant to represent Americans in general but are influenced by a certain political type of American: the ones who feel their "traditional American values" and lifestyles are under siege, that they're opposed by forces that want to make them less than they were, that are pining for the good old days when they were clearly the ones on top and no weird-looking and talking foreigner was going to tell them what to do.
And here's T'Kuvma, a populist who want to Make Klingons Great Again.