The lawlessness of the Cheney/Bush administration was worsened by the fact that they had a totalitarian and authoritarian control of Congress, both House and Senate, so there was no system of checks and balance in place from 2001 through to 2008, which is when the American people became alarmed and angry enough to vote in a Democratic majority to stop the bleeding. There was a lot of criminality running rampant during the GW years, including the corruption of Bush family members (Wirt Walker I, maternal uncle; Wirt Walker III and GW's brother Marvin Bush; paternal uncle Jonathan Bush) who headed (were on the Board of Directors) of multiple insurers for the World Trade Center (Larry Flynt, 2004: "Sex, Lies, and Politics: The Naked Truth"), among other travesties. There was a website "The Bush Crime Family Tree" that revealed some of the corruption, but the book DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" (2017) by Jane Mayer shows other anti-democracy villains that continue their efforts to have a "theocratic COUP" from inside the political system ("The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power" 2008; "C Street: The Threat of Fundamentalism to American Democracy"---both by undercover investigative journalist Jeff Sharlet and now a documentary series on NETFLIX). Dangerous fanaticism seized control of the GOP during the Reagan/Bush-Bush/Quayle and then the Bush/Cheney years---and we are in peril to this very day because of this malignant cancer. The GOP has to share the blame for the horrors of the Bush/Cheney years, including the nearly fatal FINANCIAL SYSTEM MELTDOWN from deregulating.
Trump is not legitimate as a U.S. President, and deep down he knows it. Everything about this ugly vulgar man is as phony as a three-dollar bill. He wears 4" lifts to hide his 5'10" real height, pretending to be 6'2" unless he has to reveal his weight during a WH physical exam by "Dr. Ronnie" and magically becomes 6'3". If you read the 2016 book by Pulitzer Prize winning David Cay Johnston, "The Making of Donald Trump" and the 2019 book by Republican strategist Rick Wilson, "Everything Trump Touches Dies," you might begin to realize this guy is not only mobbed up (organized crime, some of which son Donald inherited from his emotionally bankrupt slumlord father Fred Trump who died of Alzheimer's in 1991), but is frighteningly KOMPROMAT by the ruthless Putin-run Russian MAFIA. The inanity of Trump is almost as frightening as the dangerously unstable insanity.
I do not accept Donald Trump as a real U.S. President, but he likes to play one on TV, albeit badly.