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In some ways, Trump’s legacy looks better in retrospect. Trump was certainly better than Joe Biden on gas prices, inflation and immigration. He also didn’t push systematic racism and “equity.”
I’ve never seen hotel prices so high in the Florida Panhandle. The price of a gallon of gas is also $2.80 on the Alabama line and $3.20 a gallon at the beach. This is undoubtedly due in part to the crush of people who are trying to get to Florida because the pandemic is considered over there. It is also true though that gas prices and prices in general have gone up here at home since the beginning of the year.
It is true that violent crime has gone up. It is also true that this is happening mainly in Democratic-controlled big cities and that it is due to their War on the Police. It is true that Donald Trump rhetorically always supported the police, however, his major contribution in this area was working with the Democrats to pass criminal justice reform. He didn’t put a stop to the lawlessness when he had the chance to do so as part of his misbegotten strategy to win the black vote which included the Platinum Plan.
The biggest change of all though to Trump’s legacy is his handling of the pandemic. It was the Trump administration which led the effort to create the vaccine which was ready to go when Joe Biden was sworn into office. Trump was right to be deeply skeptical of Anthony Fauci and the wisdom and efficacy of the lockdowns. We never had a draconian lockdown in Alabama. If it turns to be true that Trump was right about the “China virus” and the public health establishment and the corporate media colluded to mislead the public about one of the most devastating events in American history (the final death toll might rival the Spanish Flu and the Civil War), he might even walk back into the White House in 2024.
There are plenty of things which I don’t miss about the Trump years – the Trump tax cuts, the push for Ryancare, MIGA, doing nothing about censorship, the Trump DOJ throughout his entire presidency, endorsements which made no sense, and so on – but Joe Biden has still been worse. Biden could have gone back to the relative stability of Obama’s first term when the big issue was health care. Instead, he has allowed progressive activists to set the agenda, which has accelerated the worst trends of Obama’s second term on race relations, immigration, cultural degeneration, censorship and climate change.