Let’s review, shall we?
Donald Trump has exposed a massive flaw in the Constitution: that once you’re President you can ignore that crucial document, if you like. Checks and balances only work if the institutions that hold those strings use them. And in 2016, the minority party — Republicans — in concert with unimaginably wealthy believers in a return to medieval feudalism (in which birth determines class) such as the infamous Koch brothers, succeeded in overtly and in plain sight, stealing control of the House (again), the Supreme Court, and most egregiously, the Presidency.
This is not hyperbole: since 2009, Republicans quietly focused on winning state legislatures, wherein they changed Congressional district lines to fragment progressive voters, until right-wing voters held majorities wherever possible. This gave them a stranglehold on the House of Representatives.
In 2016 they spent 11 months refusing even to hold hearings to review Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court — illegally, unconstitutionally, except no Democrats could work out how to legally or constitutionally challenge them.
The head of the FBI, James Comey, committed acts either of sedition or astounding hubristic incompetence that cost Clinton the election on technicalities. Vladimir Putin also helped to install his preferred candidate, with the imbecilic cooperation of the narcissistic fool Julian Assange and his belief that privacy in government should not exist — a digital invasion of the U.S.
The manufactured scandal of Clinton’s emails — which no doubt will baffle future historians — was manipulated in such a way that our Fourth Estate (the press) became entranced by the glory of daily headlines that distracted from Trump’s astounding lack of knowledge, competence, emotional stability, awareness of even basic matters of civil law, and utter lack of grounding in the philosophy of the American experiment (constitutional, republican democracy which, for all its obvious hypocrisies and flaws, does still exist — for the moment, anyway).
The combination of all that, added to the global wave of reactionary nationalism, fundamentalism, political / religious embrace of suicide as a means of negotiation, unregulated capitalism, the myth of rational markets, the astonishingly rapid redistribution of wealth and therefore power, the assault on voting rights, and the willful, suicidal ignorance of vast numbers of U.S. voters allowed a known extreme narcissist with sociopathic behavioral tendencies and delusional psychic reflexes to squeeze through hitherto unseen cracks in a political system that relies, alarmingly it now seems, largely on tacit agreements among participants to adhere to certain behavioral norms. Trump, having no interest in tacit agreements or norms, and no understanding or respect for the form of government that has allowed him to cheat his way through a business career shot through with scandal, lies, and malfeasance, is — until we can all catch our breath (one hopes) — presently a toddler set loose in a world of highly breakable but irresistible toys. The human id write large and orange-haired.