President Trump came along at a time in our history when we were going down an ideological rabbit hole. He’s given us time to think about where that hole leads to. It remains to be seen whether we can recognize our collective folly in time. Of course, it didn't help that the mainstream media largely blinded half the country to the differences.
Human civilization is very different, today, from what it was thousands of years ago. Technology has given totalitarian governments awesome powers.