Most influential president: Ronald Reagan or Donald Trump? | The Tylt
Most influential president: Ronald Reagan or Donald Trump?
The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in America, and throughout history, presidents have shaped the very fabric of our nation. As we approach President's Day 2018, we are asking Tylters to tell us which president they believe had the biggest impact—positive or negative—on America.
Presidents have led us through global conflict, civil war, economic crises and cultural revolutions. From George Washington to Donald Trump, which president do you believe was the most influential?
Be sure to vote on our other President's Day matchups below!
The 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan's presidency brought about the "Reagan Revolution" which would transform the politics of a generation.
Before he became president, Reagan was a famous actor turned SAG president and eventually governor of California. Reagan saw the end of the Cold War, the rise of "Reaganomics" and the beginning of the War on Drugs. He was re-elected as President with the largest electoral college victory in U.S. history and is often considered one of the greatest presidents in modern history.
In 1987, Reagan gave his famous "Tear Down That Wall" speech which would eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe... Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, every man is a German, separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar... As long as this gate is closed, as long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind.
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Reagan served two terms and died of Alzheimer's disease in 2004.
The 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump made history by becoming the first person who has never held public office to become president.
Before he ran for office, Trump was a real estate mogul and reality television star. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance, Trump entered the world of real estate development, following in the footsteps of his father. He was also the producer and star of the reality show "The Apprentice."
In 2015, Trump announced his intention to run for president and defeated 16 primary opponents to secure his nomination. During his first year as president, Trump enacted a controversial travel ban, signed a tax bill into law and repealed many Obama-era policies.
In his inaugural address and throughout his campaign, Trump promised to "Make America Great Again."
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people... For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished–but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered–but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again.
Donald Trump is currently serving his first term as president of the United States.