Say what you will about President Donald Trump, but love him or hate him, the man got things done while he was in office.
What’s more, he kept promises like no other in modern history, worked insane hours like an Energizer Bunny, was fairly transparent, and had virtually no scandals outside of those concocted by deep state enemies and the disgustingly dishonest ‘mainstream’ media.
And for those reasons, he will go down in history (or he should, anyway, if we get honest historians writing about his legacy) as one of the most consequential one-term presidents ever.
Mr. Trump forged peace deals in the Middle East for the first time in generations, spurred an economic revival by slashing regulations and taxes, overhauled the immigration system, ripped up and renegotiated trade deals, enacted elusive criminal justice reform and stocked the federal judiciary with conservatives at a record pace.
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the economy and contributed heavily to his failed reelection bid, Mr. Trump marshaled an unprecedented effort to produce vaccines in less than a year.
“Breaking through in Middle East peace, creating a conservative Court, and then enormous economic gains through February ,” said former House Speaker and Trump ally Newt Gingrich. “Those are the three achievements I would list.”
The Times continues:
Many observers believe that reshaping the courts is likely to be his longest-lasting legacy.
With help from now-estranged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, Mr. Trump appointed 226 federal judges in just four years, including three Supreme Court justices. Presidents Obama and Clinton appointed 320 and 367 judges, respectively, in eight years.
While Mr. Trump’s impact on the Supreme Court gets most of the attention, his influence on the 13 federal appeals courts is even more important. The president appointed 54 appeals court judges, one fewer than Mr. Obama’s total in two terms, and “flipped” the majority ideology on three of the courts from Democratic to Republican.
One step below the Supreme Court, the federal circuit courts more often play decisive roles across a broad range of policies, including employment law, environmental policy and limiting the authority of the bureaucratic state.
“The appeals courts are where 99-plus percent of cases end,” Carrie Severino, president of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, told the paper. “The Supreme Court rightfully gets a lot of the spotlight because they are the final word on things, but it’s easy to overlook in how many cases the appellate courts are the last word.
“What I think is going to be a hallmark of these judges is the commitment to the rule of law, which really means that you’re applying the same law across the board,” Severino said.
Adds Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union: “Increasingly, the Supreme Court has been used as the ultimate economic regulator, and picking constitutionalist judges really chilled that activity, which is one of the greatest impacts on the economy. Entrepreneurs want to make investments. They can’t make investments very well if judges in a mercurial fashion are the regulators.”
Others believe that Trump’s dramatic curbing of regulations and cutting taxes across the board and for businesses are among his greatest achievements that will be reversed by the Democrats and incoming Biden administration.
“Unfortunately, some of the greatest changes that President Trump put in place — lowering regulations and tax decreases — I think the Biden administration is going to quickly try to reverse all that,” Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, told the Times. “I think that literally led to some of the greatest economic boom times that we’ve seen, at least in our lifetime. We had a president that really, truly understood what it took to grow an economy.”
Trump was also a big backer of the Second Amendment and was very pro-life, two ‘qualities’ not endemic to Democrats.
Now — what’s to become of the party he revitalized? Matt Schlapp, whose wife Mercedes worked in the Trump administration, provides a synopsis.
“I have never, ever gotten so many messages from family, friends, supporters, donors saying they’re leaving the Republican Party as [last] week,” he told the Times. “And the Republican Party, while the president’s being [impeached], has been mostly silent. I don’t think this is the time to be silent. I think this is a time to step up, be rational, explain what’s going on and explain what the vision is. And anybody who wants to be a Republican leader needs to do that.
“This idea that some Republicans have that now it’s time to excise out the ‘MAGA’ movement is very typical of stupid Republican establishment thinking, which is, ‘They’re not really our kind. We don’t really know them. They make us nervous,’” he said, adding that the party shouldn’t “go back to the Mitt Romney era where we lose, but we lose with some style and grace.”
“The conservative movement actually doesn’t want to lose,” Schlapp added. “They want to fight, even when it’s a tough fight. And that was the virtue Trump had that they admired the most: He was willing to fight.”
“One of the reasons why Donald Trump was so loved throughout his four years by his own party is that he was willing to talk about the things they wanted to get for a generation,” he continued. “Then when he had the power, he just started doing them. He’s a man of action. He wants to work and push every day. As an ex-president, that will be really interesting, because we’ve really never had an ex-president in modern times who stayed active and kept communicating.”
The RINO class is already kicking Trump to the curb. The president’s supporters should repay them by replacing them with more Republicans who are like him.