“You are the worst president that America has ever had,” accused former US vice-president Joe Biden, as Donald Trump bore his beady eyes into the Democratic candidate during the first round of US Presidential debates. 

A Presidential Expert Poll conducted by Siena College Research Institute in 2018 ranked Trump third from the bottom in performance. James Buchanan was rated second worst for not being able to prevent the US Civil War while Andrew Johnson, another populist like Trump, took the bottom. Americans seem to agree — aggregate polls on Oct 13 by polling website FiveThirtyEight showed Trump trailing Biden by 10.4%.

The poll results are a stark contrast to Trump’s surprise victory in the 2016 elections, where he moved a despairing electorate sick of broken promises with his vow to “Make America Great Again”. While strong growth in the first three years of his presidency appeared to suggest “Promises Made, Promises Kept”, Trump’s poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has left the US economy — but not its stock markets — on life support. The unprecedented speed of the White House revolving door suggested a loss of confidence from even his closest allies in Washington. 

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