It's more than that. America is sick; we worship fame, even people who are famous for no good reason, like the Obese Orange Traitor. Thanks to a scripted TV show, America believed that the worst businessman in history was a success. It's like thinking that Tom Sellek can solve crimes or that William Shatner can captain a spaceship. The dummies didn't understand that Drumpf was an actor playing a role.
Dotard is a lazy, self-obsessed, incurious moron, but he has a particular evil genius for self-preservation. He saw that the GOP, since Nixon and the Southern Strategy had become a party of white grievance racists; being a racist himself, goal one was to lean into that grievance 100% and coopt the GOP. The MAGAts fell in love with him because he said the things they'd been thinking. The MAGAts hate minorities and liberals, so they love his cruelty toward brown folks and the LGBTQ community. They loved when he owned the libs.
It's been said before, and it's true, Trumpism is a cult. What's interesting is that without the daily dose of that Drumpf induced high from tweets and FB he might be losing some of his hold. People are leaving the GQP in large numbers, and although the GQP electeds are mostly towing his line because they are scared to death of primaries and that Drumpf will create a third party, the wobbly Trumpers seem to be peeling off.
The second goal was to co-opt the Talibaptists. This was accomplished by blackmailing Falwell Jr, and either Franklin Graham is as evil as Dotard, or he too has skeletons in his closet likely known by Russia.
Once in office, Combover Quisling recognized what levers he would need to pull, a supplicant AG who believed in the supremacy of the Executive Branch and was willing to keep DOJ off his back and tie the Legislative Branch up in court, a few trusted minions in the WH to execute his vision of being an authoritarian dictator, keep his most ardent but unqualified cabinet members as acting so they didn't have to face Senate scrutiny, and so he had greater control. Racists with cruelty in their heats, like Stephen Miller, were drawn to Dotard, and were only too happy to execute his cruel policies. In the end, he owned the angriest, cruelest, stupidest, most racist, most dangerous third or the country, and Gawd help us if he is ever reelected.