Trump was right about the basics of a lot of things. He was also pretty incompetent and a bad manager, and inconsistent. He’s like a lot of people I’ve known: his instincts are good but he can’t follow through nor understand the system behind the obviously bad thing occurring.

That said, that puts Trump ahead of much of the policy establishment and many Dems, who have bad instincts and will defend terrible results and the systems behind them because it’s just how things are. The criticism that Biden took for the Afghanistan exit is a perfect example of this.

Like Obama, Trump could’ve been a good president. Neither was, but they both could’ve been.