I woke up really upset today! But sadly, not surprised, it looks like the history repeats itself. There was a very similar situation with Brexit in terms of the newspaper headlines, main slogans politicians would try to persuade people, and opinion polls.
I am mostly shocked that the culture of reasoned debate based on evidence is dying out and all it takes to become a leader is to say “We need to build a wall”. And the fact that the media and politicians bear no consequences if their “promises” aren’t true. This is scary! I think this is why science is a good consolation – it’s based on seeking for true, for making things work; not on persuading others.