I agree with Xue regarding the media putting more and more spin and deception out there (or maybe I'm more cognizant to it as I didn't pay much attention to politics in my 20s). In my view some conservative-leaning media & some liberal-leaning media do tend to report relatively honestly, with their bias affecting what they choose to report on and how they present the material. Then there are some liberal media organizations that really run with things they shouldn't. E.g., the incident with the MAGA hat kid & the Native American man that was widely reported on (incorrectly) for a while. Then there is the conservative Fox News, which in my view is more blatantly biased & deceptive than the majority of liberal media. Then way out there you have things like Breitbart. I expect a certain degree of corruption, or at least shadiness, from politicians. It is inevitable. I am not saying I tolerate it, per se, but that it is unrealistic not to expect it. BUT, what I see is that the liberal base will not tolerate blatant corruption, which in general incentivizes liberal politicians to not get caught doing so (which, I would bet, significantly reduces the amount of corruption that actually happens, vs what it would be if the liberal base were as blasé about it as the conservative base). I'm sure there is still plenty of corruption among the liberal politicians, and I'm not saying this is somehow linked to liberalism itself, but rather to the attitude of the base. But with Trump, so much shadiness and corruption came out into the open and his base didn't care. Which incentivizes all the other politicians that are supported by that base to also act corruptly/shadily--it benefits them or their party personally, and there are no political consequences since their base doesn't really seem to care. I am not one of the people who will say that anyone who voted for Trump is dead to me. I wouldn't summarily end a relationship if I found out they voted Trump, though I would certainly try to convince them to act differently if a similar situation comes up again in the future. I think a good number of people who voted for Trump would much prefer to vote for a different conservative who isn't a complete disaster of a person. I imagine they feel that even with the fallout from his blunders, having a malicious idiot who passes conservative policies is still better than having a competent leader making liberal policy. I don't agree with this (personally I lean quite liberal in most areas), and feel that the bogeyman of having the other sides' policies implemented is NOT worse than having a malicious idiot who passes more preferable policies for a leader. So while I understand (sort of) where they are coming from, I don't think I'd make the same decision. Given a choice between someone like Trump, but for the Democrats, and any sort of reasonable person for the Republicans, I'll take the person who isn't a complete disaster for the country, even if they move us further from policies & governance I feel are best. At this point I don't think it is useful to say Biden hasn't "technically" won, regardless of who you were rooting for. Sure, there is a small chance Trump pulls some unfaithful elector shenanigans, or manages to produce evidence (of which there has been none so far) of voter fraud significant enough to outweigh Biden's margin of 10k+ votes in contested states... I don't really recall any widespread 'well, Trump hasn't technically won yet' in 2016 (I could easily have missed it, I wasn't following politics as closely at that time) after the election was called for Trump by various media. And I don't recall that happening in any other election years either. Anyway, it seems fairly clear at this point that, barring something extraordinary happening, Biden will be the next president. On the slim chance Trump does succeed in preventing this somehow, I imagine we Americans will have an even more chaotic time on our hands than we have had so far.