An analysis of 48 factors shows Trump is not making America great again, and is doing worse than Obama in most areas.

Introduction and Summary

President Trump chose “Make America Great Again” as his 2016 campaign slogan. Its appeal to his followers led him to continue using it throughout his presidency and into the current reelection bid. While he largely left explanations for the terms “great” or “again” to the imagination, the phrase rallied his supporters and certainly became a catchy phrase on baseball caps and t-shirts. But has he, indeed, made America great? Or has he at least moved us more in that direction?

Because “greatness” is a relative term (i.e., “great” compared to what or whom?), assessments of achievement would need to include…


An analysis of 48 factors shows that Trump is not making America great again, and is doing worse than Obama in most areas.

President Trump chose “Make America Great Again” as his 2016 campaign slogan. Its appeal to his followers led him to continue using it throughout his presidency and into the current reelection bid. While he largely left explanations for the terms “great” or “again” to the imagination, the phrase rallied his supporters and certainly became a catchy phrase on baseball caps and t-shirts. But has he, indeed, made America great? Or has he at least moved us more in that direction?

Because “greatness” is a relative term (i.e., “great” compared to what or whom?), assessments of achievement would need to include…

David L. Forrester

Mr. Forrester is a retired manager and senior analyst who served and provided support to the federal government on political, terrorism, and WMD issues.

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