Washington: More than five years ago, Donald Trump took the golden elevator to go down from Trump Tower in New York to announce a presidential race in which he had little chance.
Trump was then a fringe in the Republican Party, a reality TV star famous for cutting steaks and ties, and whose candidacy was met with derision from the political elite.
But Trump’s hateful and shocking speech that he gave that day attacking Mexican immigrants as “rapists” heralded a fickle pattern of politics that dominated the Republican Party and ultimately the White House.
The consequences of four years of Trump’s rule in the White House culminated earlier this month when a mob of his supporters ransacked the Capitol building, killing a policeman, and halting approval for his victory. President-elect Joe Biden Temporarily.
And a group of more than 1,000 historians and writers said in an open letter in support of a second impeachment of President Trump: “Throughout his presidential term, Trump defied the constitution and violated laws, customs, practices and precedents, which he must be held accountable for now and after leaving office.”
“It should not be tempting for any future president to pass the challenge paradigm by Trump with impunity,” the group said.
Trump achieved remarkable political achievements and defeats, unleashed an unprecedented conspiracy movement in American politics, and undermined faith and confidence in the pillars of American democracy.
In the short term, Trump’s political movement has resulted in a historic failure for the Republican Party represented in losing control of the House of Congress (the House and Senate) and the White House to become under the domination of the Democrats, and this is the first time that such a severe transformation has occurred since 1932.
Trump leaves the country devastated by the coronavirus pandemic that he has severely downplayed and mismanaged.
“He was largely responsible for the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans,” Michael Bichloss, a historian of the presidential events for MSNBC, said in December.
And now, with more than 74 million Americans voting for Trump, and a large portion of those voters believing that the Democrats stole the election, Trump has helped many members of American society live in a false reality that could affect many aspects of Biden’s tenure.
After years of openly and implicitly endorsing Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric by the Republican Party, many Democratic lawmakers, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are pushing for even a small bipartisan consensus and broad-based policies on climate change, criminal justice and immigration reform.
Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Connie Barrett a few days after the death of liberal court icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg decisively altered the court’s ideological balance toward conservative ideology, which for decades to come is likely to play a pivotal role in issues of abortion, gun rights, and access to care. Health.
Trump imposed strict immigration policies that saw the construction of a fortified wall along parts of the US border with Mexico, preventing asylum seekers from entering the country and separating more than 3,000 children from their parents at the border.
President Trump also oversaw a foreign policy that distanced itself from European allies and ignited a trade war with China, while turning on the Iran nuclear deal and strengthening the Israeli occupation for the Palestinians.
Biden may quickly be able to remedy the impact of Trump’s legacy on some foreign policy issues. Europe, for example, welcomes the Biden presidency with open arms after years of Trump’s bitter policies toward the region.
Biden also pledged to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, giving the United States another opportunity to lead global climate change policy.
Trump’s legacy will likely prove lingering longer in other arenas. It is not clear whether Biden can revive the Iran nuclear deal after the Trump administration imposed stifling sanctions on Tehran and killed the prominent military commander, Qassem Soleimani, a measure that nearly led to a war between the two countries.
“As the world was already experiencing growing turmoil and while American influence was already declining, Trump dramatically accelerated these two trends,” wrote Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.
“The bottom line is that he hands over a country and a world in a much worse condition than what he inherited, and this is his heartbreaking legacy,” Haas added.
On the other hand, it seems that Trump’s policies towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran have created a new status quo in the region that tightened the grip of Israel’s control over the lands claimed by the Palestinians and established a new American embassy in Jerusalem. Biden will be difficult, politically and logistically, to return it to Tal. Tel.
As Biden ends Trump’s anarchic term on January 20, Trump’s future in the Republican Party and in American politics remains unclear – after all, he has yet to face a Senate trial. But there is no doubt that his influence will last.