Trump’s Opening Act: One Hundred Days of Turpitude.

by Pitt Griffin on April 21, 2017 · 0 comments

in Politics, Trump presidency

The ‘First 100 Days’ has become a totemic emblem of the start of a presidency. Flush with victory, the public’s approval ringing in his ears, his political capital never greater, a President is supposed to start his term with a flourish of activity and accomplishment. By any standard, Trump has failed to meet expectations.

However, he is not a man to admit failure – despite his frequent opportunities to do so. So he will claim he has accomplished a lot. And when we wonder what that is, he will whine that the media is hushing it up. And add that the ‘First 100 Days’ meme is stupid. He’ll tweet something like: ‘No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” Which is exactly what he did:

I’m guessing that “S.C.” is not South Carolina, but the Supreme Court. Where the appointment of Neil Gorsuch seems to be his only achievement. And that was accomplished only after the Republicans blocked President Obama’s nominee with a rule created out of whole cloth – and then changed the Senate’s procedure.

And is the ‘First 100 Days’ a ridiculous standard? Trump didn’t use to think so. Before his election, he drew up “Donald Trump’s contract with the American voter”. It outlined 18 actions he would take and ten bills he would introduce. He called this dynamic manifesto his “100-day action plan”. Let’s charitably say he has fallen short.

(For the rest of his contract click here.)

While to the majority Trump appears as a loud-mouth braggart, with little to show for his braggadocio, to a shrinking minority he still appears capable of walking on water. And it is to those zealots he is talking. These uncritical thinkers are eager to believe that the quality of a man may be judged by the stridency of his tweets. And his accomplishment may be rated by what is promised, and not by what is done.

 

The enthusiasm of the true believers is not enough to elevate Trump to respectability in the citizens’ approval of his beginnings. Far from it. He languishes dead last by that measure among all Presidents since 1952. Sad.

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