President's historian Michael Beschloss said Monday night that Donald Trump will likely rank among the worst presidents in US history, citing the number of Americans who died and suffered unnecessarily under his failed leadership.
While Beschloss was unwilling to finally dub Trump the worst president in history before his presidency officially ended, the historian said that the passage of time will not help Trump's legacy as it has helped previous presidents.
"A historian must always consider the possibility that 50 years later a president would look in some ways better than his own generation," said Beschloss. “With that said, Donald Trump is not going to change the record. He was largely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans who did not have to die. "
President's historian @BeschlossDC says Trump will be remembered as the president "largely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans who didn't die". pic.twitter.com/aiGxaedEgA
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A historian must always consider the possibility that 50 years later a president would, in some ways, look better than his own generation. Even so, Donald Trump will not change the record. He was largely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans who did not have to die. Millions of others who suffer and haven't had to suffer from COVID. An economic disaster that is weighing on people tonight in a way that cannot be alleviated by $ 600 or $ 2,000 while the President in Palm Beach and Vice President in Vail sit on a ski slope and the Treasury Secretary in Cabo San is Lucas in Mexico. This is really Nero's playing while Rome is on fire.
Trump's legacy consists of death and suffering
Former presidents have led the country in times of crisis, but no one has mastered difficult times as incompetently and irresponsibly as Donald Trump.
His ruthless and unstable leadership has caused much more death and suffering than necessary, and his inability to show compassion or empathy for millions of suffering Americans only darkened this period of history.
As former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt said earlier this year, Trump's legacy will consist of mass death, suffering and economic collapse. Nothing in the last 23 days of his presidency – or in the next 50 years of American history – will change that.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.