1. We didn't adequately fact check him.
    Television in particular handed him the microphone without adequately fact-checking him or rigorously examining his background.
  2. We wrongly treated him as a farce.
    “The media made a mistake by covering Trump’s candidacy at the start as some sort of joke or media prank,” notes Danielle S. Allen, a political scientist at Harvard.
  3. We were out of touch.
    We didn't pay attention to the pain among working-class Americans and thus didn’t appreciate how much his message resonated.