Donald Trump’s Presidential Report Card

As the Presidency of Donald J. Trump winds to a close, I think it would be a good idea to reflect on how he performed in the highest office of the land.

Donald Trump ginned up a lot of excitement for his presidential run in 2016, starting when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower in New York City, formally announcing his run for President. It was there when he famously or infamously referred to many Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and confidently stated “ They’re not sending their best”.

Trump’s 2016 campaign was defined by his immigration message. There was certainly anti-establishment and anti-media messaging defined by his “drain the swamp” slogan, but anti-immigration was the bread and butter. Trump captured the support of the white working class in a way that no other presidential candidate has in modern American history. He delivered a strong anti-immigration message that played to the fears of white Americans who are not happy with the demographic shifts happening in America. His “Make America Great AGAIN” slogan was clearly playing to the nostalgia of Americans who wanted to go back to a time when America was whiter. His harsh rebukes of NAFTA, TPP and PNTR appealed to the white factory workers of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania who have been left behind by Globalist trade deals.

This campaign strategy proved successful for Trump as he went on to win the 2016 election in historic fashion. I supported Trump in 2016, hoping he would deliver on the promises he made during the campaign.

Unfortunately, I am of the belief that the Trump presidency was a massive failure and he made a mockery of both himself and those who supported him in 2016.

It is with that I present you the Trump report card. I have broken it up into 6 categories of which Trump will be graded plus an overall grade at the end. The economy, immigration, foreign policy, law and order, healthcare and cultural impact.

THE ECONOMY: D

A lot of people think Trump was great for the economy. Trump portrayed himself as the successful entrepreneur who knows how to handle money. He touted the rising stock market and falling unemployment rate at virtually every single one of his rallies. All of this was just a show however. The stock market is not an effective measurement of how working people are doing. Working people are not in a better position since Trump took office and this was made apparent by exit polling which suggests that Trump lost support amongst those making less than $100,000 a year, but gained amongst those making more from 2016 to 2020.

The unemployment rate is also a bit of a facade in terms of determining the economic conditions of people. The unemployment rate does not account for those who have given up on looking for work and it does not account for those who are underemployed. As of the writing of this article the unemployment rate has increased from 4.7% to 6.9% since Trump took office in January of 2017. The labor participation rate has also dipped by 1 percentage point. Much of this is due to the Coronavirus and it is a worldwide trend, however Trump has mismanaged the economy in other ways.

It was Donald Trump who implemented the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which gives 83% of the tax cuts to the richest 1% by 2027 according to the [Tax Policy Center(TPC)].

It was Donald Trump who approved the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill which gave $500 billion directly to corporations. As 40 million Americans were filing for unemployment Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Sheldon Adelson saw their wealth increase by billions of dollars along with other billionaires who saw massive wealth increases. It is true that unemployment benefits and direct cash payments were a part of this stimulus package, however those did not last very long. The $600 of extra unemployment money was ended abruptly on July 31, 2020 and Americans have not seen a second round of checks ever since. Trump failed to provide the stimulus that Americans desperately needed even though Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi deserve blame in this as well.

It was Donald Trump who rolled back protections against the predatory payday loan industry. Trump also rolled back Obama-era regulations on banks, coal plants, corporations and other firms leading to record corporate profits.

It was Donald Trump who did virtually nothing to reverse the devastating trade deals which have resulted in heavy job losses over the past 25 years. According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute’s Robert Scott, 1800 US based factories disappeared under Trump and the US trade deficit rose significantly.

The Trump administration made no moves to cancel student loan or medical debt.

The prosecution of securities fraud, antitrust violations and other such crimes hit a record low under the Trump administration according to data from the Justice Department and Syracuse University.

President Trump was a President for the wealthy. He was a President for Wall Street and the rich. This is why he deserves a D. Even though his administration saw a decrease in the poverty rate and a hike in wages for blue collar employees, Trump did nothing drastic to change the economic culture of this country and that is what is needed as inequality grows and millions of people can barely make it by.

Immigration: C-

Build the wall, deport them all was the cornerstone of Trump’s 2016 campaign and a key reason why he was able to pull off a miraculous election victory. Millions of Americans, especially White Americans were clamoring for immigration reform. Mass immigration has resulted in the withering away of good paying jobs as well as the transformative change of America’s racial makeup. Whites are on pace to become a minority in the United States before the year 2040 and this is thanks to immigration both legal and illegal. Trump correctly pointed out the negative economic impact immigrants have on American jobs and wages as well as the culture and crime they bring. A lot of illegal immigrants entering the USA come from the most violent, uncivilized, dangerous areas in the world and they don’t even try to obtain the necessary papers to get in. Trump had many people believing he was going to be the one to reverse these trends, but that simply did not happen. I originally believed that Trump had been relatively weak on immigration, but after doing some research he has been slightly better on the issue than what I initially thought. But it remains true that nothing was drastically changed in terms of our immigration policies.

Perhaps the most shocking statistic on immigration is that the Trump administration deported less than half as many unauthorized immigrants during its first three years than the Obama administration during the same timeframe. Border apprehensions remained relatively stable from the Obama years to the Trump years, however there was a sharp increase in border apprehensions in 2019. They are still nowhere close to what they were in the 1980’s and 1990’s when there was strong bipartisan support for illegal immigration restriction.

Even though illegal immigration was the focus of the Trump campaign, Trump also promised to increase vetting for legal immigrants and ultimately reduce the total number of legal immigrants coming into the US. It is true that more H-1B visa requests were denied under Trump thanks to increased vetting, claims that legal immigration was reduced are highly dubious. In May 2019, Trump unveiled legislation that would reform the nation’s legal immigration system and give priority to immigrants of high education and high income. This type of immigration would likely be more destructive than low income, low skilled illegal immigration because it would drown out all of the high paying jobs we still have left in America. Nevertheless this legislation failed to gain any traction in Congress and was never implemented. Trump issued an executive order on April 22, 2020 which drastically reduced the number of legal immigrants coming into the country. This was entirely due to the Coronavirus pandemic and there is no evidence that our legal immigration system was changed in any meaningful way during Trump’s administration before this. It is estimated that 90% of legal immigrants coming into the United States are non-White and most legal immigrants coming to America are from Mexico, China, India, the Phillipines and El Salvador. In his 2019 State of the Union Address Trump stated that he wanted legal immigration in “the largest numbers ever”.

Roughly 120,000 refugees have been resettled into America under the Trump administration. This is a far cry from the complete and total Muslim shutdown he promised during the 2016 presidential campaign, however it is still a decline from what was happening during the Obama administration. For reference roughly 300,000 refugees were brought into America during the final 4 years of the Obama administration.

Trump ultimately failed to block US federal funding for sanctuary cities and he failed to pass an executive order putting an end to birthright citizenship. His “wall” that he promised is being built but it is really just 400 miles of steel slats that are easy to cut through and climb over. Trump fired Jeff Sessions and refused to endorse Sessions in his Alabama Senate campaign even though Sessions was the only person in his administration with a clear vision on immigration.

All in all Trump has been a failure on immigration from what he promised in 2016. Sure, a lot of the blame can go to the Democrats and the circuit courts that attempted to block every attempt he made to change our immigration. Trump did build 400 miles of new border wall and he did reduce refugee resettlement and he did introduce executive actions to decrease illegal immigration which earns him a grade of C-.

Foreign Policy: D

Trump terrified the military industrial complex and the intelligence agencies when he ran for President in 2016. The FBI felt the need to surveil his closest AIDES like Carter Page and Michael Flynn and they tried to dig up any piece of evidence possible that could lead to the prosecutions and arrests of Trump officials. This is largely because Trump posed a legitimate threat to the establishment and their typical ways of doing things. Trump harshly rebuked George W. Bush and John McCain for the Iraq War during his 2016 campaign. He promised to get us out of Syria and build an alliance with Russia. Trump was the anti-war candidate against Hillary Clinton who wanted to establish a “no fly zone” in Syria which could potentially have lead us to a World War 3. Trump’s 2016 promises never came to fruition and he largely became the NeoConservative war hawk that he railed against.

One of the defining moments of the Trump presidency was the April 7, 2017 Syria airstrike in which the United States launched 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles into Syria as a direct rebuke of Assad and his government for allegedly using chemical weapons against his own people. Although the claims of the Assad government using chemical weapons are highly dubious and it reeks of the same propaganda that was used against Saddam Hussein to justify the Iraq War, that did not stop Trump from going back on his 2016 promises. It was the moment in which Trump made it clear that he was going to continue the endless wars and would ultimately succumb to the power of the NeoConservatives in Washington.

Trump has been incredibly hawkish as President as he has drastically increased and escalated the drone wars as the number of drone strikes has gone up 432% since Trump took office. The United States continues to deploy troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and tensions with Iran and Venezuela have only risen.

And it makes sense why Trump is so hawkish once you look at who he appointed to his administration. Donald Trump appointed Jared Kushner as a senior advisor when Kushner has a stake in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Trump appointed John Bolton to his cabinet when John Bolton was one of the chief architects of the Iraq War and has never met a war he didn’t like. Trump has also appointed Elliot Abrams, David Wurmser, and Mike Pompeo to diplomatic roles who are well known war hawks.

Donald Trump has also been the most Pro-Israel president in American history and has caved to the demands of Zionists more than any President ever which is saying something. He obviously moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory even though it is disputed under international law. Trump also pulled America out of the JCPOA and put devastating economic sanctions on Iran, crippling their economy. Trump also removed “Palestine” from the list of countries on the State Department’s list of nations. It is difficult to think of an occasion in which Trump opposed the desires of Zionists, particularly the Netanyahu wing. This subservience to Israel is largely the reason why he has been so hawkish as a President refusing to listen to the concerns of Americans who think we are involved in useless fiascos overseas that don’t benefit regular Americans in any way.

The one saving grace of Trump on foreign policy has been his de-escalation with North Korea. Trump has held historic meetings with Kim Jong Un and he has led the way in reducing tensions with our Cold War enemy.

Trump has been a massive failure on foreign policy but he did reduce tensions with North Korea and he did not start any new wars. D

Law and Order: F+

The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd in May of 2020 led to a series of violent demonstrations which were both shocking and appalling. Black Lives Matter activists along with their anarcho-communist ANTIFA allies held protests in virtually every metropolitan city in America. A company called Property Claims Services has tracked insurance claims related to civil disorder and they estimate that there has been approximately $1–2 billion in property damage related to Black Lives Matter. 19 Americans are estimated to have been killed from the BLM protests and riots in 2020 although that number could be more.

The intensity and ferocity of these riots have gone down considerably as public opinion begins to sour on Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Party needed to do something to contain the riots to help Joe Biden’s election prospects, however that does not excuse Trump’s inaction which led to months of rioting and destruction from mobs of people shouting anti-white slogans in support of black criminals like George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.

Hundreds of people were fired from their jobs merely for making social media posts in opposition to Black Lives Matter. Trump did nothing to launch an investigation into this. 2 Trump supporters were murdered by ANTIFA members over the past few months including a Patriot Prayer member, Aaron Danielson. Trump did nothing to honor his memory and never even mentioned the incident. Donald Trump even denounced the Proud Boys in an October 1 interview with Sean Hannity. One of the biggest failures of the Trump administration is his failure to label ANTIFA as a domestic terror organization.

The Trump Department of Justice has viciously prosecuted right wing activists whereas ANTIFA rioters get slap on the wrist punishments. It goes against the narrative the media is trying to sell, but it is true nevertheless.

Beyond that Trump also implemented the First Step Act which reduced the prison sentences of drug offenders. It is estimated that 91% of those who have received reduced sentences as part of this legislation are African American while only 4% are white.

Trump made it a point to lambast Biden for his support of the 1994 crime bill, even though Trump was supposed to be the “law and order” President.

Donald Trump notably commuted the sentence of criminal meat packing executive Sholom Rubashkin who was indicted on issues involving animal abuse, food safety, environmental safety, child labor and hiring of undocumented immigrants.

To Trump’s credit he has increased crackdowns on sex trafficking rings and child sex trafficking cases are down. F+

Healthcare: F

The number of uninsured Americans swelled under President Trump. Trump failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act which delivered record profits to insurance companies. He weakened Obamacare by cutting regulation designed to protect low income Americans. Trump supported efforts to weaken Medicaid expansion which would benefit lower middle class American families the most.

240,000 Americans have died of Coronavirus. America makes up 20% of the global Covid deaths despite being just 4% of the world’s population. It was Trump who relentlessly pushed lawmakers to re-open the country because he did not want to provide the stimulus needed for Americans to stay home and prevent the spread.

Donald Trump attacked Bernie Sanders for being a “Socialist” and a “Communist” because of Bernie’s support for universal healthcare which is the policy of nearly every developed country in the world.

Culture: F+

I find the cultural impact that Trump has had to be quite contemptuous. The MAGA movement has been turned into a movement of cultural liberalism, degeneracy and government based patriotism which has no basis in blood and soil. The Republican Party has become a highly multi-racial party which openly supports homosexuality, transsexuality and gay rights. This is not the Republican Party of Mitt Romney or John McCain. Trump has accelerated the liberalism, feminism, diversity and philo-semitism of the Republican Party while maintaining its toxic market Libertarian and Neoconservative elements. The Trump movement also gave rise to these bizarre Alt-Lite grifters such as Jacob Wohl and Ali Alexander who clearly only supported Trump because of the money they made from dumb boomers. The 2016 Trump coalition consisted of Ku Klux Klan members and masculine Alex Jones style conspiracy theorists. The 2020 coalition consisted of suburban whites, Latinos and a large increase in homosexuals and blacks.

If you ever go to a Trump boat parade you will find people blaring degenerate music as they chug a beer next to their “based” black friend. This doesn’t represent any sort of movement I want to be a part of as someone who is right wing.

Trump earned the endorsement of degenerate rappers like Lil Pump, 50 Cent and Kanye West. He lobbied the Swedish government to get rapper ASAP Rocky out of jail and lobbied the Chinese government to release basketball player LiAngelo Ball from prison. This undoubtedly increased Trump’s support among young, suburban whites but it certainly didn’t help him with Pennsylvania factory workers.

Despite the MAGA movement turning into a melting pot of degeneracy mixed in with insane QAnon conspiracy theories, I will give Trump credit for fighting the media. Trump got half the country to believe that the media is the enemy of the people which I also agree with. The media has no interest in giving you the truth, they are interested in protecting the financial class and frankly the interests of international Jewry as the media is largely owned and controlled by Jews. From their lies about Middle Eastern governments to their insane conspiracy theories about “White Nationalist Terrorism”, the media needs to be discredited and destroyed and Trump helped in that process.

Overall: D-

Every president is a mixed bag. There is some good and some bad. Ultimately, I thought Trump was terrible. His blatant shilling for Wall Street, his continuation of the Neoconservative policies of previous administrations and his failure to deliver on so many of his promises is why I didn’t support him in 2020 and voted for Joe Biden.

Trump sucked all of the energy out of dissident politics, particularly the Alt-Right. Nobody was willing to support the Alt-Right when Trump was president. Now that Joe Biden is President, I believe that support for the Alt-Right will grow because there is a Trump-sized vacuum in the right wing movement of America. Only time will tell.

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