Well, I disagree with both of you! I think what the election showed us was that political tribalism is THE dominant force in American politics.
I don’t know what “political tribalism” is.
The conclusions people reach about a politician’s words, behavior, and policy positions are very heavily influenced by which “tribe” those people belong to. People interpret the words of members of their political tribe in the most generous way and the words of their political opponents in the worst possible way. Bad behavior by political allies is minimized or dismissed, while bad behavior by political opponents is magnified, often to absurd proportions.
Oh. Tribe = Party.
That’s all obvious. I don’t see what it has to do with the election.
For instance: Yes, I voted for Trump, despite his bad behavior (pussy grabbing). I did so because I am 62, and he is the least egregious of the three pussy-grabbers we have elected during my lifetime; the other two were Democrats.
So, since I was told during the 90’s that pussy-grabbing (or worse) shouldn’t disqualify one from the presidency, I took the people who told me that at their word.