The USA ≠ The World. That headline should have read: "Maybe This Is How American Democracy Ends".
Some democracies are more so than others.
I'm know that many (most?) people who voted for Trump or expressly didn't vote for Clinton (same result, eh) feel that the American political system, which has not served them since at least the Reagan era, want/need the present system to crash and burn. Enough people felt this and acted on it to get Trump elected - I've seen them interviewed on non-US television.
Trump isn't the problem. Trump is the result of the problem(s). I'm sure that most CD readers can list them: Citizens United, lack of Medicare, gerrymandering, votes closed to non-whites, government for the rich not for the people, etc, etc, etc.
The sooner that the people near the top of power in the USA understand this: that the USA is not the shining beacon on the hill, that is is not chosen by the Almighty, that it is not the ultimate touchstone of which all other nations yearn to copy, then the sooner that American democracy can be fixed.
If you can't acknowledge that you have a problem, then...
Mind you, what with the sad, sad example that is the American corporate-mainstream media/news, this is not going to happen in my lifetime.
Edited to add: All that said, I usually find Mr Lofgren's essays here insightful, helpful, and interesting. Usually.