Black squiggly lines that turn into the suit of Trump.
Illustration by Jim Cooke

What We Learned

To state the obvious: The past four years were a blur. A nonstop barrage of push alerts, 2 a.m. tweets, boundaries pushed and norms broken that eventually it became hard to remember what life was like before. There were moments of clarity—Charlottesville, the first 100,000 dead from COVID-19—but for many, a lot of living through the Trump years just felt like going from outrage to outrage. Which is why, now that Trump is finally out of office, we wanted to take a moment to figure out what, exactly, we learned from it all—and to ask others, from Trump voters to political reporters, what they learned too. No, the Trump era isn’t over; there are no clean breaks, and a full accounting will take years. But Trump’s presidency is no longer the center of our lives. Not a bad time to reflect.

Illustration by Jim Cooke