Pinch yourself – Donald Trump have left in the White House. Finally, the biggest authoritarian fraud in American political history is out. How nice it would be to think that in the immediate post-Trump days, we would have a return to normalcy and decency in American politics. Sadly, that is not going to happen, far from it.

Trump leaves us with a truly horrific legacy in his wake. A country divided as bad as it was at the outset of the Civil War. White supremacists holding the country to ransom with threats of on-going violence as seen at the Capitol on 01/06/21. American democracy, its norms and traditions trampled into the dirt by a cheap, amoral demagogue. Racism, misogyny and frequent police violence against people of color ever more normalized. If it sounds horrific, that’s because it is.

Trump’s legacy is indeed a truly rancid legacy.

How could Trump have ever gotten away with what he did? What enabled his legacy to be so bad? While there are arguably any number of contemporaneous factors that fed into that equation, there is a bigger, more fundamental concept to consider. And that is that the history of the US is also just as flawed as Trump himself.

Every country in the “Western world” has had issues in the past that now causes heads to hang in shame and calls for reflection and a conviction to never happen again. The vast majority of West European states, for one major example, have long and bloody histories of colonial exploitation. For the large part, France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Spain, The Netherlands and so on have come to terms with their awful colonial pasts, coupled with socio-economic injustices, and then looked to move on. Indeed, each of those countries, plus many more, are deemed to be “social democratic” to some degree – with genuine structures