(Salon) -- The 2016 American presidential election is a political corpse. We continue to pick it apart in an effort understand how a manifestly incompetent, proudly ignorant, racist and sexist demagogue like Donald Trump could have possibly defeated Hillary Clinton, and what this portends for the country.
More than 15 months after the ignominious day when Trump won the White House, what have we learned?
We know that racism, nativism and white victimology were crucial motivations for Trump's voters. We know that white identity politics disguised as anger about the economy, globalization and "elites" also propelled Trump's victory.
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We know there is a crisis in faith among the American people regarding our democratic institutions; a majority of the American people do not consider civic literacy a virtue.