Voters rejected his bad behavior. His policies on taxes and regulation were largely successful pre-pandemic.
The Democratic Party has a more complicated relationship with Donald Trump than it likes to admit. It wants voters to remember the nonstop chaos of his administration, his Twitter rants, how he debased the presidency on Jan. 6 and won’t stop lying about the 2020 election results. Fair enough.
But Democrats also need voters to forget the success of the pre-pandemic economy and support efforts to reverse policies that abetted faster growth. The reality is that when Mr. Trump wasn’t embarrassing himself, he was advancing a more or less traditional Republican agenda of lower taxes and lighter regulations. The upshot was an acceleration in economic activity, higher labor-force participation rates and narrowing racial inequality.
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