It may have been toxic, but Trump did speak to the marginalised
Hillary Clinton cut a tragic figure as she sought to absorb the deeply personal nature of her defeat, wondering what went so badly wrong for her.
Donald Trump tended to do all the wrong things for the wrong reasons and seemed to be no match for the more measured and astute political skills of Mrs Clinton, who had to negotiate her way through the political maze while carrying considerable baggage. Sadly, her cause was weakened by the impression that her followers were more in line than in love with her.
Mr Trump systematically played on the most primitive fears of the electorate; principal among these being the fear of the threatening stranger - in his case Mexicans and Muslims - whom he persistently, negatively stereotyped. It seemed that he had radically overplayed his hand.