It doesn’t matter where you stand on Donald J. Trump. It doesn’t matter if you voted for him or detest what he has done to America. It doesn’t matter if you believe that Covid-19 is real, a conspiracy or something else. The one thing everyone should be able to agree on is that Covid-19 has defined the Trump presidency.

The Covid Presidency is what the history books will record.

It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Trump was basking in the belief that he was going to be nominated for the Nobel Prize because he was going to bring peace to the Korean peninsula. It wasn’t too long ago that Trump was assured of his reelection because the American economy was booming.

It wasn’t too long ago that the wall on the southern border was a fait accompli, another Trump promise delivered to his base.

Trump was riding a tidal wave of accomplishments towards reelection.

And then the global pandemic hit Trump right where it hurts him the most – the national economy.

No amount of spin will make the economic crash of 2020 go away. No amount of name-calling and blaming China will make the pandemic magically disappear.

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc for Trump’s reelection dreams.

The economy swelled in June as America began to reopen. The job numbers, although better than in May, remain dismal. American jobs are hurting. But the June economic upswing misses an important element, the rising pandemic infections across the nation that has led to new economic shutdowns.

The economy opened and then closed.

Many business owners are now more fearful of reopening once the latest restrictions are lifted because they fear having to shutdown again. Additionally, some lost more money as they attempted to reopen only to be forced to close again.

Donald Trump is pretending all is well. He is hoping Americans buy into the belief that the economy is growing again.

Will it be enough to save his reelection ambitions? That is open to debate.

But no matter the outcome in November, history will record his first term as the Covid-19 presidency.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...