When Trump’s name first came up on the list of candidates for the 2016 US elections, the general public was confused to see the former media personality take on such a serious shift in roles.
By November of 2016, he was announced the official 45th president of the United States, and everyone took to their social media accounts to rejoice — but mostly spew hate at the new leader.
You like it or not; there were both pros and cons of the Trump administration, which managed to get him a great number of votes in the 2021 presidential election.
People from all over the globe found a middle ground on throwing negative comments about Trump. From hashtags to public protests, one can say he had the worst luck when it came to keeping his people happy.
But if he’s such an antagonist, why had he gathered over 62 million votes along with 304 electoral votes? Were the people voting red seeing something great in him that the people are in denial of? And what went wrong during his run?
Since the Trump hate train is always in motion, it would be refreshing if we started on a different note. So, here are some good things the former president has done that often gets swiped under the rug:
A Flourishing Economy
Whether you hate him or not, it’s easy to admit that Trump presided over what seemed to be the most economically buoyant year, 2019. It was the year America saw the lowest unemployment rate in the last 50 years. The stock market, along with annual wages, were topping new record-breaking numbers.
This didn’t surprise many, as he was a successful and wealthy businessman way before he even considered becoming a candidate. In one of his iconic speeches, he said, “I have made billions of dollars in business making deals, now I’m going to make our country rich again.”
And he did just as promised.
Within a year of getting into office, Trump’s tax cut bill was signed and put into action. This resulted in corporate taxes falling from 35% to 21% and cutting down taxes for about 65% of working-class Americans.
A Helping Hand to Farmers
Under the Trump Administration, farmers struggled to keep their shrinking industry afloat for a while. With constantly decreasing prices and foreign markets, American farmers were pulling at every string to keep things together.
Due to Trump’s involvement in trade wars, farmers also had to suffer from tariffs imposed by foreign markets — a sum that dwarfed the enormous auto bailout of 2008. As compensation, the administration sent out billions in subsidies to these hard-working farmers.
The majority of the help went to conventional row crop farmers, many of whom were supporters of Trump. Government payments are expected to be at an all-time high by this year, accounting for over 40% of net agricultural revenue.
A Flicker of Hope for the Imprisoned
In 2018, the Trump administration passed the First Step Act, which was formed as an effort to reduce needlessly long federal sentences while also improving conditions in federal prisons.
In this act, the Attorney General is to assess the risk and needs of the participating individuals through an elaborate system, which will then be used by the Bureau of Prisons to fulfill the prisoners’ criminogenic needs as well as have a thorough analysis of their recidivism risks.
Through this, the federal prisoners will be placed into personalized programs and activities as a means of rehabilitation.
Most incarcerated people can earn ten to fifteen days of time credits, given they successfully and timely participate in all recidivism-reduction activities assigned by the First Step Act authority. The former president has even boasted about signing the bill, which was the first in over a decade to address criminal justice reform.
A Stop to a Growing Crisis
According to the Nationwide Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the national age-adjusted rate of opioid overdose deaths in 2015 was 10.4 deaths per 100,000 Americans.
Trump’s Commission on battling the Opioid Crisis and rising drug addictions was founded in March 2017 with the following quote: “to study the scope and effectiveness of the Federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and to make recommendations to the President for improving that response.”
As for funding, since entering office, Trump has spent over $1 billion to fight the opioid crisis and drug addiction problem directly.
More than $800 million was allocated in correctional systems, communities, and inpatient settings since April for treatment, prevention, recovery, prescription drug monitoring programs, first responders, and other services.
From inciting a herd of Trump supporters to storm the US capitol to labeling allies of the Black Lives Matter movement as “thugs,” the former president has done a few things to leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. Here are some unforgettable, or unforgivable, events:
A Bunch of Failed Promises
In 2019, the Trump administration took big steps to decriminalize homosexuality internationally. In the same breath, Trump also pressured the Supreme Court to ban transgender people working in the military. The administration has also proposed to deny visas of same-sex partners of diplomats.
Then in 2018, Trump ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria, saying, “Great nations do not fight endless wars.” And while this may seem like a golden-hearted act, this put flames to the conspiracy of Trump allegedly colluding with Vladimir Putin, who thought it was a preferable action at the time.
Also, he left 400 of these troops behind while shifting the rest to another war zone in Iraq.
Furthermore, Trump has been found selling nuclear weapons and technology to Saudi Arabia while also dropping out of a Cold War treaty with Russia, resulting in global proliferation.
And while Trump has promised to “make America rich again,” he’s also done counterproductive things that set this back. For instance, in 2018, the Agriculture Department issued a new rule to enforce certain job mandates under the SNAP program more aggressively.
According to USDA estimates, 755,000 Americans lost access to SNAP food assistance as a result of this.
A Land of Opportunities, But Not for All
By the summer of 2017, Trump’s travel ban was being considered by the Supreme Court. This ban causes tourists from majorly Muslim countries, mainly Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan, to step foot onto US land for a minimum of three months.
This ruling is stricter for refugees of said countries, who are banned for an additional month, totaling 120 days.
Unless these tourists or refugees have a legal document proven relationship with a citizen or organization in America or hold possession of an active visa, they are not authorized to enter the US.
With the talks of travel bans frequenting in political conversations, a huge international uprising took place, both on the streets and on social media. All over the world, people caught onto the pattern of these bans, dubbing them as “Muslim ban” and starting protests and hashtags to end them.
Trump has also proposed deporting “dreamers,” the individuals under protection by DACA who were allowed residency and given education and working rights after being brought to the US as children. This, along with the travel bans, gave the public a clear view of the former president’s thoughts on immigrants.
A Great Stumble in Leadership
During an interview in January of 2020, Trump was asked about the worries of a pandemic emerging due to the widely spreading coronavirus. As a response, he assured the public that his administration has “got it totally under control” and was “working very strongly with China” to fight off the virus.
During the pandemic, OSHA refused to establish guidelines for worker safety. Republicans supported the decision, claiming that it would place an undue burden on businesses struggling to stay afloat during the recession.
Democrats tried to include language in future rounds of pandemic funding mandating an emergency interim standard but were unsuccessful.
While calling it the “Chinese Virus” and reassuring US citizens that the risks of infection are low, over 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment claims, and deaths surged to over 200,000 by September alone. And by the first week of October, it was revealed Trump was suffering from the virus himself.
Trump’s debaucheries history, sexual assault allegations, collusions with war mongers, countless racist remarks and overall ignorant persona leaded to a nationwide attempt to get him out of the office in the 2020 election as well as a historical first and second impeachment.
American citizens were flooding the internet with “vote blue” hashtags and fighting republicans who slandered the current president, Joe Biden. The popular opinion was, “it’s not about voting for Biden; it’s about voting against Trump.”
Biden had surpassed Trump by over 7 million popular votes and 74 electoral votes when the polls rolled in.
Trump and several Republicans sought to sabotage the election and reverse the results before, during, and after Election Day, falsely alleging massive voter fraud and attempting to influence the vote-counting process in swing states.
The former president took to Twitter to publish angry tweets about the alleged “stolen” election, which was censored by the platform. Nonetheless, Trump’s presidency came to a halt on January 20th, 2021.
And those are all the prominent pros and cons of Trump during his time in the White House.
Joe Biden is currently in office while Trump is somewhat in a content state. After being acquitted in his second impeachment, Trump is now eligible to run for president once again in 2024.
While Trump’s time in the office wasn’t pleasant for all, most of it can be blamed on poor timing, unlearnt ignorance, and an insane amount of bad luck. Hopefully, if he were to take another shot at being president, he’ll be acting from experience.