The Trump Presidency will be regarded as a significant watershed filled with major achievements. Only history can tell which of his initiatives will ultimately prove successful. His agenda was the first major pushback against the alignment of internationalism, Big Tech, and political correctness that had led to ineffective interventionism abroad and stagnant standards of living at home. Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Trump had achieved a great revival of the American economy. Living standards were rising for American workers and the Middle Class. Poverty went down to its lowest level ever. He did get goo parts of a wall built on the southern border and he did reduce illegal immigrate and the abuse of the asylum system. His administration’s policies produced the first reduction in income inequality in two decades. The US became a net energy exporter and the price of gas fell. He withdrew from the worthless Paris Climate deal. The US still set records reducing its net carbon output without paying billions to have foreign diplomats approve US actions. Trump was effective as a foreign policy leader. He pushed back against China and imposed tariffs on Chinese goods. He did not follow Obama’s policy to “degrade” ISIS. Instead he destroyed its caliphate in a year. He then took out its leader. Trump pulled out of the ill-conceived Iran deal, applied maximum pressure against the expansionist mullahs, and blew up their big general. All the while he kept pulling US troops out of Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Breaking the Bush-Obama establishment record, he avoided any new interventions. Under his America First concept of foreign policy, he got NATO allies to start spending more on their own defense. Domestically, he expanded the populist appeal to include more Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Jews as well as promoting a rebranding of the Republican Party as a protector of working-class interests. He stood up for free speech and religious liberty against censorship and cancel culture. He is best viewed in context with the rise of similar populist movements around the world. Whether populist movements succeed or not, it is simply blind to regard the Trump victory as a statistical fluke and not a significant realignment of American politics at home and abroad.

Mathematician, Statistician, Businessman, and Academic. Student of history, poli sci , and the Bible.

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