A Trump loss won’t fix our nasty, polarized and shallow politics. We need to stop hoping transformation is around the corner if we oust one bad apple.

Many people have expressed shock and disbelief after witnessing the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Even with the lowest of expectations about what the president would do, he managed to defy expectations by finding ways to go even lower. He refused to condemn white supremacy, he attacked Biden’s family and he kept challenging his intelligence. Trump also just made stuff up and simply refused to let Biden answer questions. Whenever Biden spoke, Trump muttered comments like a human chyron.  

But really, at this point Trump’s performance shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Everything he did was consistent with