Trump: A Non-Consecutive Second Term President

Many Americans claimed the 2020 election cycle to be the most consequential choice impacting the future of America. On the contrary, it can be debated that the 2016 presidential vote that resulted in Donald Trump, the disrupter and counter-establishment candidate, was far more momentous than 2020.

President Trump packed in an eight to 12-year term of accomplishments into a 4-year tenure that impacted the nation and shook up the world more than any president since Ronald Reagan’s defeat of the Soviet Union in the Cold War and the crumbling of the communist iron curtain stretching across the European continent.

First and foremost, Trump bagged three conservative Supreme Court Justices or one-third of the highest court in the land. This will have a far more profound impact in reshaping America’s future generations than if Hillary Clinton, the Democrat contender in 2016, had cemented her liberal choices in what has become a near forth branch of executive power in the United States.

The Trump era, as short as it was, exceeded expectations in accomplishing much on the economic front. He replaced the job-killing NAFTA trade agreement with the revamped USMCA that has seen manufacturing jobs flow back into America. Deregulations and competitive corporate tax rates have allowed numerous sectors in the economy to flourish with fewer constraints; resulting in the creation of millions of jobs, double-digit returns in personal retirement plans, and a country becoming energy independent from Middle East oil.

In the foreign affairs bracket, Trump became the first president in nearly 40 years not to start a war. At the chagrin of America’s allies, Trump forced its NATO partners to shoulder their fair share of the military costs of the Alliance. He also advanced peace on the Korean peninsula by reducing war provocations from South Korea that resulted in Kim Jong-un of North Korea refraining from testing nuclear ballistic missiles rattling the nerves along the Pacific Rim and Americans on the west coast.

The treacherous Middle East for any president navigating the sectarian landscape has seen the greatest turn around in modern history. Trump effectively brought peace to the region out of the remnants of the Obama ravaged era of appeasement in crushing the tormenting ISIS caliphate, all but neutralizing the Iranian regimes advancements to overtake the Sunni-led powers. Moreover, Israeli peace deals were struck with three Arab countries – a feat that not even Trump’s hardest critics thought possible. Finally, at long last, he moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a promise that many presidents before him made but never kept.

Trump faced off with two superpowers of Russia and China. He took on the unfair trade policies with China in what many thought would be economic suicide. This was done while simultaneously navigating a respectful rapport with President Putin that kept the Russian military excursions at bay rather than the ill-fated Obama approach of weakness resulting in the bear clawing out the strategic lapping tongue of Crimea.

President Trump executed his international policy by America leading with strength and carrying a big military stick that he rarely had to use. If the President’s name were not Trump, he would have easily won the Nobel Peace Prize.

On the home front, the president faced near-insurmountable odds with a relentless onslaught by the national political media’s endless negative slants, the social media giants censoring and burying unfavourable Biden reports, and polling institutes predicting a blue Democrat wave to victory in the 2020 elections with a clean sweep across all branches of government. The Media Research Center and PEW Research Center found in their studies that coverage of Trump by the major networks was over 90% negative. This was evident in the relentless lead-off stories in the weeks and months prior to the vote, whether being blamed for every coronavirus death in America or the rioting wing of BLM excoriating the president as a racist.

Yet, the election saw Trump expand the Republican tent, not only with unexpected gains in the House of Representatives and the likelihood of holding the Republican majority in the Senate, but most significantly a repudiation of racism. Trump collected three times the votes of African Americans than the failed GOP candidate John McCain for president in 2008 and twice the number of votes of Hispanics than the dismal showing of GOP candidate Mitt Romney eight years ago.

President Trump has a very different record with the Black community in just three years of political experience. Trump took meaningful action in 2018 on criminal justice reform when he signed into law the First Step Act that enacts reforms to make the justice system fairer and helps inmates successfully transition into society. Specifically, the Act provided the opportunity for sentencing relief for many African American defendants who received mandatory minimum sentences. This was followed by the Trump Administration promoting “second-chance hiring” with the ambitious goal to cut the unemployment for formerly incarcerated individuals to single digits. It is African Americans who will benefit the most from his plan.

Knowing these actions were not enough, the President focused on the education of African American students. His Administration provided more funding for Black colleges and universities than any other president in history. This included $1 billion dollars in relief for these schools and other minority-serving institutions. These actions targeting African Americans by President Trump in just three years in the White House far exceed the accomplishments of former President Obama’s eight years in office. The anti-Trump media has ignored these achievements and failed the American people in their reporting.

For any in the media and demonstrators gleefully gloating over a Trump defeat rather than a Biden win, the heat will be turned up quickly by revolting progressives on a Biden administration to produce socialist deliverables. Yet, any rollbacks to the Trump trade deals, more regulations, and corporate tax increases during a pandemic could see the economy sputter out with higher jobless claims. To satisfy the left, Biden may bring a hammer to the southern border for a photo-op to tear down the Trump wall.

If Biden is to have any chance of legitimately governing, there will need to be some level of transparency in proving to some 70 million Trump voters that the election was fair. This election has earned scepticism on the tailwinds of the enduring and now forgotten three-year Russian collusion narrative. There were abnormal disproportionate dumps of Biden ballots in Michigan and Wisconsin that require further investigation, as well as the legality of late mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, and more ballots counted than registered voters in some Georgia counties.

Biden will not have a mandate to govern with what will be lingering accusations that Trump was cheated out of the presidency and the very likelihood of a disruptive level of disenchantment until there is a sense that all ballots counted were legal.

For the many millions of Americans feeling they lost when Donald Trump was not re-elected, one has to be simply reminded of the many achievements over the last four years when Trump won the presidency over the GOP establishment candidates and what would have been a misfortune for conservatives if Clinton selected the three Supreme Court Justices.

A Biden presidency will eventually be a do-nothing administration with little to no success with the Republican-controlled Senate blocking the New Green Deal and other far-left legislation. The Democrats in the House of Representatives have become weakened with a marginal majority resulting in Joe Biden irking Trump supporters with executive orders appeasing the far left. If Nancy Pelosi stays on as Speaker of the House, the Democrats will face an even larger crushing defeat in 2022 mid-terms.

If the election of a Biden-Harris Administration is anything like Joe’s first forty years in politics, the next four years will not be successful but rather a pause to catch our breath before the next 2024 presidential election.

A beaten-up Trump may have lost this battle over the dislike for his personality, but he may not have lost the war over his policies. For his passionate supporters, a second Trump bid for the White House may see this counterpuncher “Restore Greatness in America.” Not since Grover Cleveland in 1893 has a president served two non-consecutive terms.

With that, we wish all presidents of the United States of America well, including President-elect Joe Biden.

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Rich Berdan
Rich Berdan
Rich Berdan is a freelance writer out of Detroit, Michigan. Rich often provides perspectives that are unique and thought provoking.