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Reagan and the Contras, prison industrial complex, the drug war, etc. Truman and Korea. Kennedy and Vietnam. Various presidents and Cointelpro. McKinley and the Phillipines. We go back further and westward expansion, the genocide of indigenous American peoples, slavery and the various annexations of land across the southern border. How is any of this noble? We don't need to redeem the history of the executive to prove that Trump is awful.
Rather selective and although I don't disagree with any of the things you list above as being correct, they aren't the entire picture.
But my overriding point was that it is the OFFICE of President which has dignity and gravitas. Some just don't live up to it. Trump less so than any other.
But you want to list the bad, well, let's counter that with a few notable achievements, just for the sake of balance:
Kennedy inherited Vietnam (and was stitched up by the CIA over the Bay of Pigs incident). Towards the end of his life he wanted to pull America OUT of Vietnam and had he lived to serve a second term may have begun that process. He handled the Cuban Missile Crisis with skill and negotiated a Soviet climbdown without the nuclear conflagration the world feared. He created the Peace Corps to help undeveloped nations and was highly proactive in Civil Rights. He also committed the USA to putting mankind on the moon, truly humanities greatest achievement to date. Four words: "ich bein ein Berliner".
Andrew Jackson: He was responsible for getting people the laws they wanted instead of leaving everything up to the Congress. The Tariff act was passed in 1832, which would be significant to America’s economy forever.
James Monroe: Settled tensions between England and America by coming to an agreement of reducing the number of ships present in the great lakes which triggered a wave of friendly cooperation and peaceful negotiations which still exists today between America, England and France.
Theodore Roosevelt: He controlled trusts so that small businesses and workers were not exploited. He wanted every one to have a Square Deal. which is the label that has been attached to his presidency. He passed laws which protected the people from impure food and drugs and forced the owners of the coal mines during that time to pay better wages to its miners. He is recognised as doing more than any other president to save natural resources and established national parks and more than 125 million acres of national forests. If you're a sports fan, read: "The Man In The Arena" If that doesn't inspire you nothing will.
Franklin D Roosevelt: Had to deal with the depression. He got congress to pass laws which helped farmers, small businesses and people who were about to lose their homes during that time. He kept moving on with his social reforms which changed the course of American government. During WWII he sent supplies to Britain which kept this country alive. After the war he set the foundations of the United Nations.
Woodrow Wilson: Did all he could to keep America out of WWI but had to concede in the end but even then he drew up the 14 point peace plan which included the creation of a League of Nations which, although it ended in failure, created the principle of nations having a forum to resolve disputes through discussion rather than going to war.
And of course........ Abraham Lincoln: Issued the Emancipation Proclamation and worked for the 13th Amendment to ban slavery. He held the Union together when it would otherwise have fallen apart even though it took a bloody civil war to do it. If you want to know what a genuine statesman sounds like read the Gettysburg Address.
OK... counter arguments to your points established. There have been more good presidents than bad and probably more great achievements than failures.
We'll call it draw, yeah..?