Maybe this isn’t new to you - and if you lean left then you may disagree - but if you find yourself struggling to understand what’s happening then (maybe) your anger at Americans will go down a bit at this-
Democrats tend to take Trump (the man) literally but not seriously as President. Republicans tend to take Trump’s presidency dead seriously but do not take the man literally.
So while the liberal press - including the global press - go on and on ever more intensely about Trump’s shortfalls as a human while ignoring his policies, the Republicans tend to ignore Trump’s tweets and off-the-cuff statements and focus only on his policies.
Somebody will be around with a list of what he’s accomplished. Not a bad list for the first year, frankly. One of the house conservatives of the NY Times, David Brooks, pointed out last weekend that if Trump had never tweeted the past year, we Americans would regard his accomplishments highly and judge him a very successful president so far.
… I’ll just let the howling subside for a bit here as American Democrats are HIGHLY offended by this - you do hear that howling, right? - but I think Brooks has it about right.
Anyway, this ‘literal and serious’ chasm is behind why the US is talking past itself, at least for those who try not to be partisan. May not apply to partisans.