The left is finally realizing that after just 17 months of Donald Trump’s presidency, Barack Obama’s legacy has effectively been erased.
“I don’t want to say or face this,” admitted New York Magazine columnist Andrew Sullivan. “I still want to believe my colleague, Jonathan Chait, whose thesis is that the changes Obama made in his difficult but tenacious eight years in office are too great to reverse.”
But, as Sullivan outlined in his article, Trump has unraveled most of Obama’s legacy.
To start with, Trump’s policies have led to a booming U.S. economy. The Hill credited the policies for lighter regulation and the passage of the tax bill for the “pro-growth” environment.
Ninety percent of the economists surveyed in January by The Wall Street Journal also thought that the tax bill would make way for more GDP expansion in the next two years. Economists in the same survey taken last year gave mixed feedback on Obama’s policies, according to The Hill. Though his policies were rated positive for financial stability, they were neutral-to-negative for GDP growth and negative for long-term growth.
Trump has also ended the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “Obama’s central initiative in Asia” according to Sullivan. The president has long lamented trade imbalances between the U.S. and China and has hinted in recent months that he might favor imposing import levies on a wide range of Chinese products.
While Obama used his time in office to move the economy away from carbon, most of his regulation policies have been thrown out. The liberal columnist added that without the Paris Agreement, “the window for keeping the planet from ecological catastrophe” has all but closed.
“Unless some technological miracle occurs, the odds of restraining, let alone reversing climate catastrophe are vanishingly low,” Sullivan said.
Obama also apparently was working toward peace with his foreign policy — which usually resulted in the U.S. getting the short end of the stick — and now Trump has moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, something that presidents had promised for years.
Sullivan failed to mention the progress that Trump has made with North Korea. From Noth and South Korea finally talking to the upcoming summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump there has been a lot of progress made during this presidency that the left still won’t admit.
But even though the Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare, Trump will still have the win for health care. “By ending the individual mandate, by allowing for more bare-bones insurance policies, and by narrowing the time window to apply for Obamacare policies, Trump has rendered the ACA unstable and unaffordable,” Sullivan said.
The liberal columnist then admitted that Trump’s triumphs have been cemented by the left due to their occupation of new territory.
“Nothing could be further from the left’s current vision, which is that the very concept of post-racial integration is an illusion designed to mask the reality of an eternal ‘white supremacy,'” Sullivan wrote. “There is no freedom here. There is just oppression. The question is merely about who oppresses whom.”
This oppression ranges from nonwhites fighting whites to women fighting masculinity; “There is no arc of history here, just an eternal grinding of the racist and sexist wheel.”
“If Trump has destroyed Obama’s substantive legacy at home and abroad, the left has gutted Obama’s post-racial cultural vision,” Sullivan said.
While people on the left are mourning the loss of Obama’s legacy, it is easy to see how quickly Trump has worked to fulfill his campaign promises and destroy the policies that so many Americans have had to deal with for far too long.
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