The Trump Legacy

By Scott Barnes

Regardless of who wins the presidency, President Donald Trump will leave behind a legacy.

The last four years have mobilized the electorate on both sides. The midterm elections of 2018 saw an increase in voter turnout, especially among younger people. The United States Census Bureau reported in 2019 that the number of voters participating in midterms has been declining since 2006 but took a jump to 53.4 percent of registered voters in 2018, which was up from 41.9 percent in 2014. USA Today shows this year’s projected general election numbers being the highest any election has seen since 1908. According to CNBC, early voter numbers are breaking records with less than a week before the election. Statistics from Five Thirty Eight show Biden leading Trump in national polls by roughly nine percent in the final days of campaigning.

If Democrats do win the 2020 general election, they will still be contending with conservative viewpoints over the next four years and beyond. Although it is possible for the left to take over the Republican held Senate, they will still be facing a conservative majority in the Supreme Court with the recent appointment of Amy Coney Barrett swinging the court to the right. Conservatism has also expanded in the lower courts under President Trump. The White House website states that Trump has appointed more Circuit Court judges in four years than any other president in recent history. One in four judges who are active now were appointed by the president, which may prove to be a roadblock for progressive ideas even under a Joe Biden administration.

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