February 26, 2021

President Trump: Promises Made, Promises Kept

A retrospective on President Donald Trump’s four years in office must be put in perspective of what he himself promised to accomplish when he ran: Make America Great Again.

To answer the question requires, of course, defining what makes America great and asking to what extent President Trump put the nation on course toward this goal.

If one believes, as I do, that what makes America great is that it must be a free nation under God, that this stands at the core of what makes the nation prosperous and moral, I think President Trump’s achievements have been significant.

Probably the greatest paradox of this election is the Gallup poll done in September asking whether registered voters were “better off now” than they were four years ago. The 56% who responded yes was the highest percent under any president running for reelection since the question was first asked, when Ronald Reagan ran for reelection in 1984. Based on this, we would have expected President Trump to be reelected in a landslide.

I would list major achievements of the Trump presidency under three headlines: economic reform that restored robust economic growth; appointment of federal judges across the nation, up to the Supreme Court, who will restore a federal judiciary guided by conservative principles; and achievement of a new peace in the Middle East that seemed beyond anyone’s reach.

Another point of critical importance is that Trump policies have been a boon to America’s minorities. Despite the success of left-wing demagogues in portraying the Trump presidency as racist, facts show truth to be the complete opposite.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act fueled economic growth that the nation had not seen in years.

This was aided further by deregulation. Tax cuts and deregulation targeted at restoring the global competitiveness of American business and restoring conditions friendly to investment fueled job growth and an unemployment rate of 3.5% that no one thought possible.

And, as reported by the Wall Street Journal: “Median weekly full-time earnings for blacks increased 19% in Mr. Trump’s first three years, to $806. That followed a period of 11% growth during Mr. Obama’s seven post-recession years in office.”

According to the Federal Reserve’s 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances, the largest growth in household net worth from 2016 to 2019 occurred in households in the lowest 20% of income, 34.3%.

Black median household income increased 7.9% in 2019, the largest annual increase in history.

And, in 2019, for the first time ever, the percentage of black households earning above $75,000, 29.4%, exceeded the percentage earning below $25,000, 28.7%.

With the confirmation of Trump’s last Supreme Court appointment, Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, we now have a Supreme Court with a solid 6-3 conservative majority.

This in the overall context of 220 federal judicial appointments made by President Trump, establishing a powerful conservative basis in law for our free nation under God.

Despite what liberals say, this is enormously important for minority Americans. An example is the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year in the Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue case, which found unconstitutional the state prohibition of use of public funds for scholarships to attend private religious schools (known as the Blaine Amendment). This is a boon for school choice that poor and low-income Americans vitally need.

And, of course, a conservative court raises the possibility of stopping the abortion carnage that is devastating black America.

President Trump’s courage in moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shined light throughout the world. And now we are seeing new peace agreements between Israel and Arab and Muslim nations that no one ever thought possible.

This is called leadership.

Despite the noise and distortions from the left, facts say that President Trump made major achievements in moving toward making America great again.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Readers can respond to Star’s column by emailing [email protected]


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32 Responses


  1. I am so sorry that the Core Republicans are so scared of ANTIFA and BLM threatening their families and careers that they won’t go deep down inside themselves for any shread of integrity and fight for what is right, true, for you and Pence and for their constituents. It is an appalling situation. I don’t think America can recover.

  2. He is a man to his word blacks need to look at facts and not the media the democrats is all talk and lies and deceit open borders hurt blacks and help the rich what an insult to blacks if you have a problem voting for trump and me you are not black

  3. Any republican that will not stand up or military or vet or American with Trump hates America but in fact are traitors

  4. Yes, the Republican Lawmakers have been jelly bellies. It’s therefore left up to us to take up the slack, and show to Trump what we expect of him. We NOW need to implore him to activate the Insurgency Act. If done, the military can do an excellent job doing a cleanup job. Get rid of the traitors, expell the Chinese spies, clean up the American Communists and traitors. If Trump fails to enact the Act, way too many will die. It will be a tragic bloodshed. No Conservative Patriot American will comply to become the slave to Communism. We as free loving Citizens, have always the fortitude and will to be free. If necessary, it’s time to butt heads. We are many. We will not comply! Mushbrain Biden must not become our President!

  5. And God said Trump/Pense 2 Terms….stand by Our Lord and them. This is the fight for our Constitutional Rights, we don’t shrug our shoulders, we Support what God gave us. Stand Strong!

  6. Gilbert, I like the Mushbrain Biden name for Joe, that fits the idiot pretty well. Biden has been in politics over 47 years and has done nothing for America except make his family wealthy. The Repubs have their share of crooks but the Democommies have a far larger share of crooks and traitors to our country.

  7. And we are to believe that Trump didnt win. Democrats think people are stupid and will blindly follow. I dont believe, overall, they expected such a backlash. There are still rallies for Trump that draw thousands. Biden had a rally in Georgia with less than 100 people and no enthusiasm whatsoever. Websites all over are showing how upset and disappointed most everyone is. However this ends, Trump will be over 74million people’s president.

  8. President Trump DID win by a landslide – 410 to Biden’s 128. Thousands of people who witnessed voter fraud have come forward, some have signed sworn affidavits.
    Even in Germany, where the Dominion vote counting machine(s) were taken by the US military, they are saying they witnessed voter fraud, too.

    Only the mainstream media has declared Biden as president-elect – that’s still unofficial until Congress makes the final decision.

  9. I fully support President Donald J Trump, recognize he truly loves this country and stands firmly for what is right, for the Constitution and for We The People of The United States of America.
    There is a very huge silent majority who recognizes that We as well as He are under attack by the radical left. Democ’rats. (Which is what the Democrat Party needs to be renamed as that name accurately reflects their Attitude and Hate for all that is good for our nation.) Democ’rats should never be referred to as being the Democratic Party, because there isn’t anything in their platform or conduct that indicates they adhere to Democratic principles. Anyone who refers to them as being Democratic or being The Democratic Party is either ignorant or lacks even an ounce of intelligence.
    Just make sure as Republican members/candidates for the Senate and House you will fully support and stand with President Donald J Trump, truly love this country and stand firmly for what is right for the Constitution and We The People of The United States of America. If you do, I am confident the huge silent majority will elect/retain you to represent them. DO IT!

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