Feel pretty much the same way. Again, I feel Americans were so fed up with political talking heads they were ready to grasp at the first sign of refreshing down-to-earth togetherness they could find. Unfortunately, it was Trump who stepped up to fill that void. If anything, old school politicians should know by now that Americans will never again stand for empty promises and flowery speeches. If the people chose Trump, that should fall under "Lessons Learned" for most if not all politicians. Unfortunately that might not be the case.
Before Trump was sworn in, I said my biggest fear was the international stage. I've proven to be right.... and if you count immigration as sort of international (it involves bordering countries).... chalk that one up as well. I've always said good on Trump on trying his damnest to fulfill his campaign promises (wall, anyone?) regardless of how ridiculous they might be. That alone makes him different than most politicians who talk a big game and then deliver nothing. But man.... did it have to be someone like Trump?
I know Trump fans (friends included ) still look to Obama to blame him for everything under the sun. (Disclaimer: I don't think Obama was a particularly effective President myself, to tell you the truth.) One of the things I hold against Obama was failing miserably on attempting to unite the country..... being the 1st African American President and all. But geez... Trump came in and now it's almost a civil war out there. Hate group activity, whether it's Antifa, White Supremacists.... whatever... is at an all-time high. Haters have been emboldened by Trump's hateful rhetoric. Hey..... some mass shootings just happen because the gun control in the nation is a joke and so are the background checks. But damn....... the El Paso shooter basically took Trump's "invasion" rhetoric to heart.
If you're President, you gotta figure there's a lot of people out there who don't need much of a nudge in order to fall off the edge of the mental cliff. You can't be talking about invasions and denigrating entire groups of immigrants. Thank God I'm not a Mexican living in Texas. It was bad enough when I lived there in the 80's without all the hate. I imagine now it's worse. Well..... maybe not because Mexican-Americans are quickly becoming a majority there.
Trump did what he had to do during his term. But the country has suffered because of it. The economy is not all his doing. I've already said I believe in momentum and inertia when it comes to economic indexes. You can't take all the credit, nor do you deserve all the blame. I'm pretty sure Obama had a tiny little bit of a hand in the bonanza that occurred in 2017.
Trump is a bully, he's thin-skinned, and he picks the wrong fights. Plus I think the pressure of the Presidency is getting to him, which is why I think he might soon unravel. Hope not.... but it could happen. I'm sure there are some people out there who can do the job while still being Presidential (yes..... that's important to people like me) and not being such an asshole.