I know I’m a few days late on Trump’s 100 days, as that mark came and went on Saturday, but I didn’t want to leave it without a little part-time punditry on the topic.
It’s been a really long 100 days. I feel like this joke has gone on long enough and President Obama needs to come out and tell us he’s moving back into the White House where he belongs. Wishful thinking is the only thing that has gotten me through this whole mess.
Where do I begin? Before Trump was elected, he released his 100-day Action Plan, or as he called it, a contract between him and the American people. Let’s take a look into a some of the big promises in that plan…
- Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money in our elections. Result: Totally pointless. – This one is a headscratcher. Foreigners are already banned by federal law from contributing to or being paid by campaigns. So what exactly is he trying to block here? We know it can’t be American citizens who work for a foreign country being banned from contributing to or being paid by campaigns, because…umm…Michael Flynn.
- Renegotiate NAFTA and withdraw from the deal. Result: Nope. – Another bit of bluster from the mouthpiece in chief that turned into a big nothing-burger. This guy talks out of his ass about things he doesn’t understand, gets schooled by foreign leaders (this time Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), and then changes his mind. Also, because he only cares about the people who voted for him, he was shown how withdrawing from NAFTA would hurt his voters more.
- Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Result: He did. – To the detriment of our influence in the Asia-Pacific region, he did in fact keep this promise. However, now China will be the biggest country of influence in the region and won’t have to uphold what we believe is right as far as labor practices, human and animal rights, and climate change. Although, on that last one, China is promising much more than we are right now, but the TPP was not the big boogeyman that democrats were making it out to be. I’ve already talked about my dissatisfaction with this in a previous blog, so I’ll move along.
- Label China a currency manipulator. Result: Flip-Flop. – First of all, economists and China experts say that China is not a currency manipulator at all. But Trump doesn’t believe anything experts say because he is the expert in all things. He has the best brain, you guys, he knows everything. Until, you know, he talks to the next person. Ten minutes with Chinese president Xi and he unequivocally states that China, is in fact, NOT a currency manipulator. He also decided that right before his daughter was awarded a massive naming rights deal in China so…
- Life the restrictions on 50 trillion dollars worth of job-producing American energy reserves. Result: Unknown, but not heading in a good direction. – First of all, the dollar amount isn’t even a thing. He basically pulled it from his ass, as he does most things. He has lifted the ban on new coal mines on public lands, not good for the environment or the health of the American people. They canceled the comprehensive review of the coal leasing program, which means the American tax-payers will continue to be ripped off by coal companies that buy the land for pennies on the dollar. He’s also going to roll back Obama era restrictions on off-shore oil drilling. And he rolled back water protections. However, coal is a dying industry. Coal companies have actually been cancelling leases. Again, this was just for show.
- Allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward. Result: Moving forward – To the detriment to the American people who live in the path of the pipeline and to the environment, Trump did keep this promise. It will result in about 30 permanent jobs and decades of environmental problems, all so Canada can ship tar sands from the Gulf of Mexico to other countries. We LITERALLY will see zero benefit from this. ZERO!
- Cancel billions of dollars in payments to U.N. Climate Change programs. Result: Unknown. – He has complained about this and the Paris Climate Accord since before the election, but nothing has happened. There have been meetings scheduled to discuss leaving Paris, but no decision has been made. However, with an administration so hostile to climate science, don’t expect anything good.
- Replacement for Justice Scalia. Result: Fulfilled. – That’s his biggest accomplishment by far, but how can it even be considered an accomplishment when that seat was stolen from President Obama and Merrick Garland? Massive and unprecedented obstruction by republicans so that a seat was left open when Trump entered office isn’t really a fair estimate of his abilities as a president now is it?
- Cancel federal funding to Sanctuary Cities. Result: Blocked by the courts. – This was an embarrassing defeat for the Trump administration just a few days before the 100-day mark.
- Removing more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from this country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back. Result: Fulfilling at this moment. – ‘Criminal’ is the operative word here. To Trump, ‘criminal’ simply means undocumented immigrant, whether or not they actually committed a criminal offense. Hundreds of people have been rounded up and deported for nothing more than a speeding ticket. He also stated DACA recipients would be safe, but recently, a young man was deported within three hours of being stopped by ICE agents. He had DACA papers in the car, but ICE agents wouldn’t let him get them and then deported him before he could even put up a fight.
- Suspend immigration from terror prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. Result: Two embarrassing defeats! – The Muslim ban has been blocked by courts twice now! And by the way…refugees get vetted much more heavily than people coming over on work/school/vacation visas.
- Repeal and Replace Obamacare. Result: Big, big failure. – The AHCA was a giant mound of garbage. The American people knew it and forced their representatives into abandoning it with massive protests, town halls, telephone calls, and email campaigns. The republicans are in the process of trying to resurrect this by making it even worse and I can’t wait for it to fail just as hard as the first one.
- Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Result: Ummm…are you kidding me? – Trump’s entire campaign was corrupt. Now he’s brought that to the White House. Russia ties, employees who are foreign agents, emoluments, enriching himself off public office, nepotism, the list goes on and on.
Those aren’t all of the things in the contract, but let’s just say he’s not doing such a great job.
He also had his administration put out a disaster of an ‘accomplishments’ release prior to Saturday and it was hilarious. It says that he has been successful because he has signed more EOs than any president since FDR, however, at 30, the claim is false. President Truman signed 50 in his first 100 days after FDR’s death. But why is he even trying to say that EOs (and how many he signed) are an accomplishment? Didn’t he, and EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN say that EO’s really stand for “Executive Overreach”? Didn’t they blast President Obama for signing them, saying he was a dictator, a tyrant, a king? Why is it an accomplishment for Trump, but the end of the world for President Obama? Trump stated that signing EOs was an easy way out, that President Obama didn’t know how to govern or negotiate. But now, even with both houses of congress in his hands, Trump is resorting to EOs and touting them as successes. Why? Because he has no other successes to speak of.
This release also states that Trump has signed more pieces of legislation than any president since Truman, despite ‘unprecedented Democratic obstruction’. (Oh my god!) However, he hasn’t signed ANY major pieces of legislation. Not even one piece of legislation promised in his 100-day Contract has been enacted. This guy is a delusional dumpster fire.
He has cost taxpayers exorbitant amounts of money though. Nearly as much in 100-days as the Obama’s spent in a year. Seriously! He also golfs a lot. More than any other president in their first 100-days. He also tweets a lot. He also watches a lot of cable news. He also really likes Chocolate Cake.
He also lies a lot. More than any other president in his first 100-days. Here are three interesting numbers provided by the Washington Post:
488: The number of false or misleading claims made by the president. That’s an average of 4.9 claims a day.
10: Number of days without a single false claim. (On six of those days, the president golfed at a Trump property.)
4: Number of days with 20 or more false claims. (Feb. 16, Feb. 28, March 20 and April 21.) He made 19 false claims on April 29, his 100th day, though we did not include his interview with “Face the Nation,” since that aired April 30.
It can’t really have only been 100 days right? When is this nightmare going to be over?