Leaving behind this pathetic has-been, we must look to the future and establish mechanisms that will prevent others from polarizing opinion and spreading lies through social networks. But sadly, Donald Trump is far from unique. Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom and other examples show that populism learned to leverage social networks long ago, and that this dynamic is deeply damaging to democracy.
The question now is how to regulate the future of freedom of expression on the web, and that allowing messages of hate, polarization and intolerance is not an option. We will see if we are capable of learning from the past, of preventing misuse of the social networks in the next elections, and hopefully, returning to a reasonable democratic climate.