Donald Trump has quite clearly failed and doesn't care at this point, and the Senate stalemate seems to be unable to do much else than kick the can further down the road; the nation’s recovery from COVID now lies in the hands of Joe Biden. Biden has himself said, "any package passed in lame-duck session is, at best, just a start" , and indeed Biden's whole campaign was based around pandemic recovery, and he has already announced a COVID-19 advisory board and outlined vague relief proposals. Meanwhile Trump is refusing financial aid for states and cities as a attempt to shirk culpability, caring about his legacy over the wellbeing of American's, while senate is focussing on the economy while pretending that it is completely divorced from whether people have jobs or households have money.
Biden's plan has already been reported to include stimulus cheques, small business support, enhanced unemployment benefits, better Social Security paycheques, and student loan forgiveness. Although it is currently not clear who will be eligible or how much checks will be for, it is expected to be a similar amount to the CARES act, with most single adults receiving $1,200, and more for families. Unlike Trump, Biden is seemingly willing to at least try to tackle bigger structural economic issues that are holding the US economy and US citizens (especially graduates) back, while attacking the economic hardships that COVID-19 will leave the country with.
Trump on the other hand continues to actively risk people’s safety over his legacy. If he can claim retrospectively to have given freedom to states he can blame them for any perceived shortcomings in the future and deflect his obviously failure surrounding the handling of the pandemic. At this point his actions surrounding the pandemic, much like this election lawsuits, seem performative, and this effort to stall financial aid at the state level is complicating the economic recovery and truly damaging to the majority of US citizens.