Former President Donald Trump is the increasingly clear choice for Republican voters in 2024 in the latest poll released by Morning Consult.
Former President Donald Trump leads Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 60% to 19%, among potential GOP primary voters, who said they would vote for each of the above if the 2024 Republican primary or caucus were held in their state today, according to the poll released on May 9, 2023.
Former VP Mike Pence rang in at 5% and tied for third place with Vivek Ramaswamy.
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President Joe Biden has presided over what is arguably one of the worst two-year stretches in American history — nearly 28 months of the White House promoting historical lies, misinformation, divisiveness, bigotry, and chaos.
More examples surface daily.
Last Friday, from the president’s official Twitter account, Biden boasted that America had created 12.7 million jobs on his watch. As usual, a massive amount of context is missing.
While that number may be true in itself, people need to recall that in December 2019, under former President Donald Trump, 158.8 million Americans had jobs, the highest number in history, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By April 2020, two months into the COVID-19 pandemic, that number fell by 25.5 million, in part because of policies advocated by Dr. Anthony Fauci, whom Biden has repeatedly praised.
When Trump left office, the number had rebounded to 149.9 million, setting the foundation for Biden’s claim.
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In other words, during Trump’s final year, America regained 16.6 million jobs initially lost during the pandemic, and roughly 9 million of the jobs created under Biden were people going back to work as they had before the pandemic.
Thus, it can be argued that, based on pre-pandemic numbers, Biden’s economy has added only 2.2 million jobs — which, it turns out, is the other context that Biden doesn’t want people to know: that is less than half of the 4.5 million jobs created under Trump at this point in his term.
Meanwhile, the nation teeters on the brink of recession and has experienced runaway inflation, bringing interest rates to their highest levels in decades.
But this single, isolated incident only shows that Trump, since he’s now a candidate for 2024, could simply run his campaign with a billboard saying “Miss me yet?”
When Trump left office, the White House posted a list of more than 600 accomplishments Trump had in office, despite being overshadowed by the Russia-collusion hoax cooked up by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and a constant barrage of negative media that purposefully focused on the minute and the negative.
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Many of the major accomplishments are familiar: the federal government now enjoys historically high tax revenues because of Trump’s tax cuts; those in the lowest income brackets made the biggest economic gains under Trump; in addition to record employment overall, blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school diploma all reached record levels of employment while Trump was president; the unemployment rate was cut to historic lows; America became energy independent and an oil exporter; and for the first time since Jimmy Carter was president, America did not become engaged in any new wars.
Here are some highlights, aside from the points related to the pandemic, which consumed Trump’s last year in office:
- The number of people claiming unemployment insurance as a share of the population hit its lowest on record. Incomes rose in every single metro area in the United States for the first time in nearly three decades.
- Unemployment for women hit its lowest rate in nearly 70 years.
- Homeownership among black Americans increased from 41.7% to 46.4%.
- The DOW closed above 20,000 for the first time in 2017 and topped 30,000 in 2020.
- Nearly 25,000 pages were removed from the Federal Register, the encyclopedia of federal regulations – more than any other president
- Poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans reached record lows.
- Nearly 7 million people were lifted off of food stamps.
- Income inequality fell for two straight years, and by the largest amount in over a decade.
- 400 miles of border wall was built, and illegal immigrant crossings plunged more than 87% where the wall was constructed. A regulation was issued to ensure newcomers to the United States were financially self-sufficient and not reliant on welfare.
- Jerusalem was recognized as the true capital of Israel and became the home of the U.S embassy in Israel. Historic peace agreements between Israel and Arab-Muslim countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan, were achieved.
- The Space Force, the first new branch of the United States Armed Forces since 1947, became a reality. ISIS’ territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria was destroyed and nearly 8 million people were freed from control by the terrorist regime. Two of the world’s leading terrorists, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani, met their demise.
- Homelessness among military veterans fell by 49%.
- The violent crime rate dropped by more than 5% and the murder rate by more than 7%. The White House for the first time, created a position focused solely on combating human trafficking.
- The Supreme Court added Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, while three federal appellate-court circuits flipped from Democrat-appointed majorities to Republican-appointed majorities.
- A rule was implemented to prevent taxpayer funding from subsidizing the abortion industry and Trump became the first president in history to attend the March for Life.
- More than 4 million acres of public lands were opened for hunting and fishing.
- School choice was expanded for private and religious schools, while Trump launched the 1776 Commission to promote patriotic education and prohibited the teaching of Critical Race Theory to federal workers.
- Unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school diploma all reached record lows.
Next year, Trump could make the same argument about Biden that Ronald Reagan made about Carter: Are you better off than you were four years ago?
Clearly, the answer would be a resounding no.
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