Biden’s balance sheet: Weak numbers, but in Donald Trump, a valuable foil

As Joe Biden approaches his first 100 days in office, many are taking stock of his performance so far. The numbers are not particularly impressive: his approval rating hovers around 53%, and his handling of the border crisis has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats. However, there is one factor that has worked in Biden’s favor: his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Trump’s tumultuous presidency left the country deeply divided, and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was widely criticized. Biden, on the other hand, has taken a more measured approach, emphasizing the importance of science and public health. This contrast has made Trump a valuable foil for Biden, allowing him to position himself as a steady, competent leader in contrast to his impulsive and erratic predecessor.

Biden has also been able to capitalize on Trump’s unpopularity among certain groups, particularly women and people of color. Trump’s divisive rhetoric and policies alienated many voters, and Biden has been able to appeal to these groups by presenting himself as a unifying figure who will work to heal the country’s divisions.

Of course, Biden’s success is not solely due to Trump’s failures. He has also made some significant policy moves in his first 100 days, including passing a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package and rejoining the Paris climate agreement. However, it is clear that Trump’s legacy has played a significant role in shaping Biden’s early presidency.

Looking ahead, it remains to be seen how Biden will fare without Trump as a foil. He will face significant challenges in the coming months, including navigating the ongoing pandemic and addressing the country’s deep-seated racial and economic inequalities. However, if his first 100 days are any indication, he is up to the task. By presenting himself as a steady, competent leader who is committed to healing the country’s divisions, he has laid the groundwork for a successful presidency.