As has been noted incessantly, Trump has a number of serious character flaws. Like the vast majority of politicians, he has a narcissistic personality. Like the vast majority of politicians, he's a lying conman. He intensely erratic. And so forth.
Everybody knew all that before the election, yet he still got lots of votes.
And I'm (mostly) glad he did - Trump has wildly exceeded my expectations.
Because Trump has instigated events that have brought crystalline clarity to the fact that the
vast majority of the elite, including politicians, bureaucrats, news
media, academia, entertainment, athletes, etc. are self-serving,
lying, narcissistic, nasty people who'd go to any length to
destroy anyone who gets in their way (including Trump).
And vast swaths of American citizens, especially independents and
the moderate right and a bit of the moderate left, have had their
eyes opened to this corruption for the first time ever and they are
astounded, dismayed, and mostly still in shock. But they will
recover, and then the political debates, while unfortunately ever
more vitriolic and even violent, will also, I think, be more realistic, if not about
the topics of debate, but at least about the elite.
And that's a good thing.