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Yes Trump will indeed go down in history as the worst in history...worst than Nixon and all the others on the list. What has bothered me for a long time is that all his faults were well known before he was elected. My blog article from 2017,
Donald Trump: From Bad Businessman to Worst President, said as much. I went into a long list of Trump's faults as a businessman that carried over into his presidency, but like now they just didn't seem to make any difference to the passionate base who elected him in 2016. From my blog article:
"None of Donald Trump’s current and future “bad at business” disclosures should come as a surprise to those in the business world. They were all well known before he ran for president."
Dutch has criticized our election process for not properly vetting candidates like Trump, and I accept that criticism. However, in Trump's case he was vetted, and everything bad about him at the time was known to the media and his political opponents. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz and others slammed "the con artist" repeatedly on his bankruptcies, his cheating of workers, his lying, and his incompetence, and it just didn't seem to make any difference. He put away all his Republican opponents one by one and then also the formidable Hillary Clinton...grabbing a woman by the pussy seemed to endear him to the jocks and perhaps many of the women voting for him.
What is revealing is that base of 61 million voters who voted for him has largely remained resolute. Despite all the revelations on lying, cheating, vulgarisms, potential criminal activity, none of that matters. It didn't matter before and it doesn't matter now.
I haven't looked at the backgrounds of all the others on the "worst presidents list", but I wonder how well the vetting process worked then before the advent of the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other social media as well as foreign influence. Maybe it has less to do with Trump specifically, but also the American psyche, or at least that part of the Republican base who perhaps is genetically inclined to vote for a sociopathic authoritarian bully no matter his faults.