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The sources in this article chose to remain anonymous to protect their employment.

President Donald Trump was considered a polarizing figure who, despite having ardent detractors, claims to have accomplished a lot during his term.

According to the Trump administration, they were responsible for building “the world’s most prosperous economy.”

“America gained 7 million new jobs – more than three times government experts’ projections.

Middle-Class family income increased nearly $6,000 – more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration.”

The Trump Administration claimed the lowest unemployment rate in a half-century, with the number of people claiming unemployment insurance as a share of the population hit its lowest on record.

In addition to rebuilding the economy, the Trump Administration stated their devotion to enforcing the country’s immigration laws. 

“President Trump kept his promise to build a wall on our southern border between the United States and Mexico. With 450 miles complete—and many more in progress—illegal crossings plummeted over 87 percent in areas where the wall went up,” the White House website said.

“By enforcing America’s immigration laws, President Trump made major gains toward ending the humanitarian crisis at our border; keeping criminals, terrorists, and drugs out of our country; and protecting American workers and taxpayers against job loss and misuse of the welfare system.”

Though the Trump administration possesses concrete, tangible examples of accomplishments, some feel that Trump’s most significant contribution came in the form of something more intangible.

One source who wished to remain anonymous told Scriberr News, “I gravitated towards Trump because he wasn’t part of the establishment. It’s not like I’m one of these die-hard fans of his, but I would have rather had him than Biden.”

“He spoke his mind, in a time where you have to walk on eggshells about what you say,” she said. 

Another source who wished to remain anonymous said Trump inadvertently sparked a greater debate about free speech and the modern culture of the U.S., especially during the final days of his term when he was banned from several social media platforms.

“I think Trump should have been allowed to keep his Twitter and Facebook… On a cultural level, I don’t know if Trump is responsible for the division that we saw. Society-wise, culture-wise, the question is ‘was that division already there’? Or did Trump cause it? I’m not confident in saying Trump caused it,” they said. 

The source continued saying “one guy can’t cause that. You could say that things he said might’ve added fuel to the fire. He might’ve played upon it. But I think he just might have brought out stuff that was already there.”

The source also noted the importance of the precedent he believes the social media bans set going forward.

“I think [the bans were] telling. Some people might say ‘they’re [Facebook, Twitter] private companies so they can do whatever they want’, but you have to remember the whole cancel culture thing. They literally cancelled Trump… 

I can see how [Trump saying the elections were fraudulent] might’ve made some of his supporters angry, but that doesn’t mean he told them to go and raid the whole building.

This might just be an indication that there is a bigger problem, culturally,” he said.

Throughout his term, Trump has been repeatedly accused of being racist and bigoted, though Trump has refuted the notion.

“I’m the least racist person anybody is going to meet,” Trump said.

Although Trump didn’t specifically call Mexicans rapists, he said that Mexico isn’t “sending their best.” 

“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems [to] us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.  And some, I assume are good people,” he said. 

Trump also referred to COVID-19 as the “Kung Flu”.

Another source who wished to remain anonymous noted that while he believes the ability to express an opinion is important, the expectation that the society at large is supposed to accept whatever you say isn’t realistic. 

“Look, as far as free speech goes. What exactly is that? If you want to say free speech means that you get to say what you want without the government coming to arrest you, then yeah, I’m all for it. But I think people want to say what they want without facing any repercussions,” the source told Scriberr News.

The source also said that though Trump’s rhetoric caused him to have ardent supporters as well as detractors, it is important to distinguish between issues that are able to be solved through government regulation and mere unpopular opinions that are shunned by society.

The source said there will always be certain things that will be considered acceptable within a society, and things that are not. “It just so happens that with this ‘woke culture’ we have going on now, you can’t be a Trump guy,” they said.

“So you won’t get arrested for saying certain things, but I think people mix that up with ‘oh I should be able to say what I want’…  Yeah, you can say what you want, you can speak out against the government and they’re not going to arrest you like they would in some other countries, but society is going to ostracize you for certain things. How do you regulate that?”

Written ByLinn Win

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