How will history remember Trump?
Updated: Oct 4, 2020
We may not realize it yet, but the events of 2020 have made this year the most memorable we have ever lived in. With the COVID-19 pandemic being the obvious forefront as to why 2020 will be such a historic year, the presidency of Donald Trump and the events surrounding him have given reason for his term to be so prevalent in U.S. history.
It is no doubt that Trump is a polarizing figure – some love him and others see him as some sort of modern-day-Hitler. I’ve lived in the Bay Area my entire life, so one can guess where many in my community have leaned closer to. I don’t think the U.S. has never seen such a controversial figure take office. And while I think both sides make fair arguments as to how Trump’s term is great or horrific, it bears the question: how will Trump be remembered?
First and foremost, just about every American will agree that Trump certainly doesn’t follow the presidential look that previous presidents have had. When looking back at presidents such as Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or Barack Obama, there has been a continuous pattern of well-spoken, collected and generally calm presidents when they made public appearances. Such traits have been considered presidential by many.
Trump, on the other hand, is known for being quite hot headed and aggressive. I’m sure many have watched or at least heard about the atrocious shouting match that was the first presidential debate between former Vice-President Joe Biden and Trump. While both didn’t act professionally, Trump was generally the aggressor in the debate, attacking Biden on things such as his low-ranking of his class at the University of Delaware and his son’s former cocaine addiction. This tone is one also seen in his press meetings and in his tweets. While this hostile approach is controversial, it is certainly something that will be well-associated with the President for years to come.
In terms of policy and the big events this term, there are certainly many moments that history textbooks could spend chapters recalling. But given that there is only so much space a textbook can fit, history will likely mention just a handful of major events of the Trump presidency. Of course, Trump’s impeachment will be remembered, and both the COVID-19 outbreak and his response to it will likely be mentioned. I also think the fact that him and First Lady Melania Trump contracting the virus will be a groundbreaking moment in history, as the U.S. rarely sees moments where the president must remain in a hospital as a result of health concerns while in office.
In a more positive light, his booming economy he continued will likely also be mentioned, as this was Trump’s best trait for many Americans. The U.S. economy was at all time highs in terms of unemployment, the stock market and tax cuts in the U.S. These great achievements by Trump will likely not be forgotten by history.
So, will either political party be satisfied with how Trump will be remembered if his presidency ends in November? The likely answer is no. As previously mentioned, there are valid reasons from both sides to like and dislike Trump. It only makes sense that Trump’s presidency will be reflected by both lights. The likelihood is, future generations will continue to hold polarizing views on a president that will likely remain a controversial figure for years to come.