There’s no shortage of criticism when it comes to Donald Trump before, during, and after his presidency.
He was doomed from the day he descended the golden escalator in Trump Tower on June 16, 2015.
The reality television host and soon-to-be president was persecuted time and time again for nothing more than his aggravating, often obnoxious personality, despite some very sound policy.
None of that mattered to half of America. He was toxic, trash, and deserved to be incarcerated for any and all missteps or infraction.
I often said the man could cure cancer and still be the considered Satan’s spawn.
It’s amazing Trump was able to accomplish anything while in office considering the constant scandal surrounding him – even if it was often, as the Durham report confirms, manufactured, or at the very least, exaggerated.
That being said, Donald Trump no doubt made some errors that may prove to be fatal for his current campaign. You can be sure Ron DeSantis and his team will be taking full advantage of them.
COVID and Vaccinations
Possibly Trump’s biggest failures resulted from his decisions during COVID-19 and subsequent vaccine production.
In his defense, Trump’s travel ban on foreign nationals who visited China within 14 days was the right thing to do. Shutting down international travel is one of the first steps to mitigate a global pandemic.
Some complained Trump’s restrictions weren’t stringent enough and too late to make much of a difference. Others, like Joe Biden, criticized the move altogether claiming it was proof of his “xenophobia.” Either way, no one was going to give Trump credit for anything.
However, Trump kept the counsel of Dr. Anthony Fauci and made the penultimate decision to shut down the country. As a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal observed, fifteen days to “slow the spread” in March 2020 turned into “months of bowing to the healthcare and media clerisy on closing schools and keeping much of the economy shut down.”
Trump’s self-acclaimed “Operation Warp Speed” and “safe and effective” vaccines have come back to haunt him. His consistent boasting about inoculations with questionable efficacy is a real sticking point for conservatives who have expressed skepticism and concern over the vaccinations, some of which have been pulled from the US market.
Trump’s fatal flaw, and one the DeSantis team is not likely to allow anyone to forget, was keeping Anthony Fauci in a position of power. Ultimately, it paved the way for a Biden victory.
It also confirms Trump’s inability to humble himself, as if it was in question. He simply cannot admit that while, at the time, his actions seem warranted, in hindsight, they may have not been as appropriate or successful as he’d like to claim.
Allowing ego to supersede the best interests of the country is and will always be a losing strategy.
Failure to Finish the Wall
Trump consistently promised to secure the southern border by building a wall that would “go up so fast your head will spin.”
The wall was supposed to be “as beautiful as a wall could be.” The wall was supposed to have “big, beautiful doors.”
Not only would the wall “go up like magic,” but “Mexico will pay for the wall 100%.”
It was all supposed to be “so easy.”
Clearly, not easy enough.
Only 700 miles of the 2,000 mile border has some sort of physical barrier and very little of it prevents humans from crossing.
Most of the construction Trump promised simply reinforced already existing structures. According to a report in the Washington Examiner, in Trump’s first two and a half years in office, his administration installed an average 1.7 miles of barrier per month, and none of it in areas that did not previously have some sort of barrier.
Speaking (or Tweeting) Before He Thought
No one would ever accuse Donald Trump of being calm and composed, but I don’t think people were prepared for just how outlandish, and yes, inciting, some of his speech would be.
However, this is also why many loved him. He didn’t act like a typical politician and he certainly didn’t speak like one.
The 45th president was at his best unscripted and unfiltered. Audiences ate up the lack of political correctness in his speeches, announcements, and of course, daily tweets.
I’ll admit I was on board for Trump’s heterodoxy for four years. It made for some really funny tweets and exposed a lot of truth of media bias and corruption in “the swamp.”
However, his inability to filter himself turned caustic and brought a barrage of allegations against him that may have been prevented.
In this day and age, restraint is an unappreciated virtue. Allowing passions to override common sense demonstrates a lack of self-control and prudence. Not exactly a desirable flaw in the man who can press the button that may lead to the destruction of humanity.
Donald Trump was fun and even necessary for a certain amount of time. But he is unsustainable with the ability to turn destructive quickly.
It’s time to restore if not peace, then certainly a modicum of sanity, to the White House.
Jennifer Galardi is the politics and culture editor for 19FortyFive.com. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and produces and hosts the podcast Connection with conversations that address health, culture, politics and policy. In a previous life, she wrote for publications in the health, fitness, and nutrition space. In addition, her pieces have been published in the Epoch Times and Pepperdine Policy Review. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.