Thursday marks the first (full) day of the rest of former President Donald Trump‘s life, but don’t expect him to go gentle into that political good night. That’s just not his style — or temperament.
And with a new NBC News poll finding that fully 87% of Republicans approve of Mr. Trump‘s job performance, we wouldn’t bet against Mr. Trump seeking to become the first ex-president since Grover Cleveland in 1892 to seek a nonconsecutive second term.
In a hypothetical 2024 “Make America Great Again, Again” campaign, Mr. Trump could cite his administration’s numerous substantive achievements. (Heaven knows he’ll never get credit from Democrats or the mainstream media.)
So, as Mr. Trump settles back into life as a private citizen, here’s a list — by no means complete and in no particular order — of 10 of the foremost accomplishments of his improbable presidency:
• The U.S. achieved energy independence, surpassing Saudi Arabia in 2018, becoming the world’s largest producer of crude oil and giving us the lowest gas prices in decades. (This was after President Obama told us we couldn’t “drill our way out” of energy imports from unstable foreign sources.)
• Three new constitutionalist conservative justices were appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, as were 174 judges to the U.S. district courts and 54 to federal appeals courts.
• The Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts gave the middle class tax relief and contributed to the lowest unemployment rates in 50 years, including the lowest jobless rates ever among Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women.
• The stock market reached record highs — now over 30,400, up from 18,900 when he took office — which benefits everyone with an IRA or 401(k).
• The southern border was fortified with 450 miles of new fencing against illegal immigration.
• The genocidal ISIS terrorist group, which had grown unchecked under Mr. Obama — who cavalierly called it the “junior varsity” — was obliterated. And two terrorist mass murderers, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Gen. Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, were hunted down and killed.
• Peace in the Middle East and North Africa was enhanced with the Abraham Accords, four separate agreements normalizing relations between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, all Muslim nations. (In a fair world, that would earn Mr. Trump a Nobel Peace Prize.)
• Slacker NATO nations were compelled to contribute billions of dollars more toward their own defense.
• The despised “individual mandate” of Obamacare was eliminated.
• And finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Mr. Trump‘s very first achievement: He spared us from a President Hillary Clinton.