Frankly, and as you suggest, Trump was the only candidate who looked like he would try to lead as opposed to resorting to politics as usual.
Like him or not, Trump has galvanized Americans once again to engage with state of things in America. Like you say, it is up to Americans to attempt to ensure all of the positive activism and engagement being generated in response to Trump ultimately is not wasted.
I believed Trump was the best candidate at timing of elections. You just reminded me in an extremely humorous manner why it was I thought so back then.