Trump photo used with permission from Nikolas Liebens/Flickr. Biden photo used with permission from Carter Marks/Flickr
The incumbent candidate has had a complicated first term. He has faced impeachment, seemingly endless scandals and a deadly pandemic. Key legislation has been blocked by polarization in Congress, with the legislative body managing to pass only 70 bills into law, according to Vox. This pales in comparison to the hundreds that Congress usually churns out.
However, one must not lose sight of his various accomplishments.
Before the pandemic, unemployment was at a 50-year low, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a key indicator on the stock market, was at an all time high. At one point in June 2018, there were more job openings than people available to fill them, per CNN Business.
This economic prosperity was largely stimulated by President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, which lowered taxes for both small businesses and large corporations. This tax cut prompted an increase hiring for the former, and sizable bonuses for the employees of the latter.
Trump has also limit Chinese influence, both in the U.S. and globally. Businesses with ties to Chinese intelligence agencies spying on Americans have been met with expulsion and fines.
Trump also successfully nullified the North Korean nuclear threat, holding summits with the country’s leader Kim Jong Un. Though he was unsuccessful in denuclearizing the North, the U.S’s long term goal in the region, the barrage of test missiles fired by North Korea into the Sea of Japan have quelled. So too has the dangerous rhetoric and threats of “fire and fury” from Trump.
While talks between diplomats on both sides has stalled, the very fact the two nations are engaging in dialogue shows potential for an agreement to be reached. Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, while experienced, will not offer the U.S. inspiration. Biden has failed to outline key policy proposals particularly whether he would increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court, and details of his healthcare plan.
Biden also has a history of taking money from corporations, in lucrative speaking engagements. His campaign received money from over 130 billionaires per a Forbes report, second only in the Democratic Party to former presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.
He also reportedly made over $15 million from giving speeches to bankers, according to the New York Times.
The pandemic has indeed stifled progress for Trump. However, due to his proven ability to create the largest economy in American history, and his opponents inability to offer a clear alternative, Americans are better off voting for President Trump this November.