The Trump presidential reality show, aka Keeping Up with the Trumps, has been running for 100 days now. For many, the majority of Americans in fact, this milestone can be described as 100 days in hell.
Trump’s popularity rating is at historical lows, his cabinet is comprised of yes men, corporate raiders and suspected Russian agents, and his systematic assault on America’s values leaves us scared shitless for the fate of our nation. Turns out, even Donald Trump is unhappy about being president.
Keeping Up With The Trumps, S1, Ep14
That's right, Donald Trump is not happy about being in the White House. In an interview with Reuters, Trump confessed his job as President of the United States makes him feel like he’s living in a "little cocoon." And he misses driving. "I like driving," he said, "I can’t drive anymore."
Reflecting on his life before the presidency, Trump lamented "I had so many things going." The big problem, it turns out, is the workload. "This is more work than in my previous life," he said, "I thought it would be easier."
If Trump is experiencing buyers remorse, imagine how we, the American public, must feel. We’ve been sold a presidential lemon, by a used car huckster with a fistful of false claims and bogus promises.
On the campaign trail, Trump made a pledge with the American people entitled "Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter," featuring a 100-day plan vowing to "restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities and honesty to our government."
Having reached the historic 100-day milestone, we find Trump has fallen woefully short of delivering on this campaign "contract."
He has not, for instance, renegotiated or withdrawn from NAFTA. He made a 180 reversal on the promise to label China a currency manipulator. The courts halted his travel ban on "terror-prone" countries as well as his executive order to stop funding "sanctuary cities." He failed to repeal and replace Obamacare... and so on.
Since he has not delivered on the majority of his pledge, it’s no surprise that earlier this week, Trump dismissed his own 100-day contract as a "ridiculous standard."
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
Make no mistake, Trump has been anything but idle. He has signed more executive orders during the first 100 days in office than any other president since Harry Truman. Let’s take a look at some of the executive actions and legislations that have passed since Trump took office.
- Eliminating monuments
On April 26, Trump signed an executive order to reduce or eliminate some of our national monuments, targeting those which are 100,000 acres or larger, making them more accessible for oil and gas exploration. After signing the order, Trump said, "Tremendously positive things are going to happen on that incredible land, the likes of which there is nothing more beautiful anywhere in the world."
- Building pipelines
On January 24th, Trump signed a series of orders giving the green light to build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. The move angered Native American Indians and environmental groups.
- Killing animals
On April 10, Trump signed a congressional agreement allowing for the killing of wolves and bears in Alaska, including hibernating animals and their pups.
- Backtracking on women's healthcare
On April 13th, Trump signed a bill allowing states to withhold federal money from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, who also provide services such as cancer screening, STI treatment and cervical exams.
In describing Trump’s first 100 day achievements, former Attorney General Eric Holder told MSNBC that Trump has rendered "chaos" and "carnage on basic American rights."
Trump, of course, views it differently, saying on his Friday weekly address, "I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country's history." If Trump views his presidency as a reality show, as we do, then he really is experiencing unprecedented success.
In discussing his ability to draw a huge television audience, Trump told the Associated Press, "It's interesting, I have, seem to get very high ratings. [...] It's the highest they've ever had. On air, (CBS "Face the Nation" host John) Dickerson had 5.2 million people. [...] It's the highest for "Deface the Nation" since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It's a tremendous advantage."
That last bit, wherein Trump compares his ratings to the World Trade Center coming down, elicited fierce criticism in the media. Chris Mathews, on MSNBC, said, "What can you say about the head of the country that was hit on 9/11 who says he's bigger than 9/11? Is that grotesque or what?"
Even Chelsea Clinton chimed in, tweeting, "Trump repeatedly lies. What is more viscerally upsetting? His bragging toward the end about his higher TV ratings than after the 9/11 attacks."
Trump repeatedly lies. What's more viscerally upsetting? His bragging toward the end about his higher TV ratings than after the 9/11 attacks https://t.co/QSLEDvXOVf— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 24, 2017