What Joe Biden Can Learn From the Worst President In American History

During the presidential debate on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Joe Biden told bluntly Donald Trump “You are the worst president America has ever had.” This is a difficult judgment to either confirm or deny. Given America’s broad history, there have been many presidents who have been bad in different ways. Twelve presidents owned enslaved people who, in the worst case scenario, are not to blame for Trump. Other presidents enabled either slavery or American apartheid.

Even so, Trump has had few equals to actually make America worse instead of just repeating its bad qualities. If he’s not the worst president ever, he’s among the worst, joining the grim rank that includes James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush.

Many political obituaries for the Trump administration attest to the extent of his failure. Susan B. Glasser of The New Yorker offers what is now the standard charge: “He leaves a city and country killed since Tuesday by four hundred thousand Americans who have died from a pandemic the severity of which he has downplayed and denied. an economic crisis; and an internal political divide so great that it is worth comparing to the civil war. “

With the advent of new varieties of Covid that spread faster, Trump’s legacy looks even worse. According to Health expert Dr. Tom Peace“A terrible new projection shows that COVID-19 will reduce life expectancy in the US by 1.1 years, with the number of Black and Latinx populations falling three to four times, reversing more than 10 years of progress and closes the black and white gap in life expectancy. ”

In almost every way, Trump offers only negative lessons. He is a role model for how not to govern. It is hoped and expected that Biden will not repeat Trump’s nepotism, his appointment of corrupt and incompetent officials, his disdain for expertise, his obstruction of justice, his praise of dictators, his use of the presidential office for personal gain and political retribution, pardons of cronies who Protect him from his investigation, his racism, his lies, his incitement to violence and rioting and the thousand other mistakes that Trump made day after day for four years.

However, it would be a mistake to ignore the way Trump also offers some surprisingly positive lessons. Any full analysis of the Trump era must also come to terms with the fact that this man, uniquely unpopular By any measure of public opinion, he has won the presidency once – and almost won it again.

Of course, Trump had an advantage in the electoral college. However, that doesn’t explain the boost in reputation it enjoyed from 2016 to 2020 despite the dire economy and disastrous response to Covid. In 2016, Trump received 62,984,828 votes, or 46.1 percent of the total. In 2020, Trump received 74,223,254 votes, or 46.9 percent of the total vote. In other words, there were at least 11 million Americans who didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 and 2020. Thankfully, the number of Americans who voted for the Democratic candidate rose by more than 15 million. But as for the electoral college, both elections were astonishingly close. A difference of only 44,000 votes in three states (Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin) would have re-elected Donald Trump.

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