Trump’s 100-Day Tweets, a Tale Told by an Idiot

On April 21, President Trump tweeted:

“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!”

In case anyone has forgotten, it was President Trump himself and not the media that promised the American people that he would accomplish a long list of promises during his first 100 days. The first 100 days are almost up, and not one of his major promises has been fulfilled, although some of the easy ones have been. He has named a Supreme Court justice and managed to get him on the bench. He signed an order allowing the Keystone Pipeline to move forward.

He has not repealed and replaced Obamacare due to a poorly though out bill that even many Republicans refused to support.  In other words, he has accomplished a few tasks that required no more than the stroke of a pen, but when it comes to tasks that require thought, planning, and hard work, President Trump has fallen flat on his face. Dealing with complex matters is not his forte.

As to the “S.C.” in his tweet, I at first thought that he was referring to his speech in South Carolina, but a friend of mine guessed that he meant the Supreme Court. Yes, Mitch McConnell did manage to get Donald Trump’s candidate to the Supreme Court approved after changing the Senate rules on such nominations and after refusing to allow President Obama’s nominee to even have a hearing, much less a vote.

Let’s looks at some of the easy and hard promises that he made and see which of them he has kept.

  1. Easy: Propose a Constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress. Nope! He has proposed no such amendment, although that would have been very easy to do.
  2. Hard: Repeal and replace Obamacare. Nope! The plan that President Trump supported was so ill-conceived that even many Republicans refused to support it. This was far too difficult a task for someone who does not have the intellectual capability to understand complexities.
  3. Easy: Implement a hiring freeze on federal employees. Yes, he signed an executive order to that effect in his first week in the presidency.
  4. Easy: Require that two old regulations be eliminated for every new one put in place: He has signed an executive order that should do that.
  5. Easy: Impose a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional Officials becoming lobbyists. I’ll give him partial credit for that one. He signed an executive order to that effect. However, that did not close the door on large companies’ influencing government. President Trump has drawn his senior staff members from industries, especially from the financial firm Goldman Sachs.
  6. Hard: Begin renegotiating NAFTA. Nope! To the best of my knowledge, not a single negotiation session has been held with either Mexico or Canada.
  7. Easy: Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He did sign an executive order abandoning that trade deal, but the United States was never formally a party to the TPP. True, it had been signed by the Obama administration, but Congress had refused to ratify it.
  8. Easy: Order his Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator. Wasn’t it just this past week that Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that the Trump administration did NOT consider China to be a currency administrator.

The list of Trump promises to be fulfilled in the first 100 days is very long, but not one of the difficult ones has been fulfilled, and many of the ones that would require no more than a Trump signature have also been left undone. Contrary to what Donald Trump implied in his tweet, the media did not set these high expectations for the first 100 days; Donald J. Trump did, and he failed. Unlike the record of the presidents who preceded him, President Trump can point to a total of zero major legislative accomplishments as the end of his 100-day honeymoon with the office approaches. The few things he has accomplished he has been able to do by signing his name to short, one- or two-page executive documents. I am 74 years old, and never in my lifetime has there been a president who has accomplished so little at the beginning of his term in office until Donald J. Trump was elected with only 46.1 percent of the popular vote, more than two percent less than his opponent.

There is a famous quote from Shakespeare’s MacBeth that applies to Donald Trump’s empty promises and stupid tweets:

Life’s {Trump is] but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

By the way, before Trump was nominated, much less elected, I wrote a novel about a psychopath who was elected president of the United States. When I wrote the book, I never dreamed that such a person could really be elected to our nation’s highest office. You can read an excerpt from the book by clicking on the cover image in the left bar of this blog. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read the whole book for free.