It’s Important to Also Note Where Trump Has Been Successful
Broadly speaking it’s true: Donald Trump’s First 100 were a failure. Donald Trump failed and America succeeded.
His popularity is at a historic low after just 100 days. He utterly failed on passing any legislation. Meanwhile, the Russia investigation continues apace-though the media has been quieter about it since the Syria strikes.
Nevertheless, some good sources say there are two grand juries convened over Russia collusion.
I'll take $100 bet from any national reporter that indictments are coming, GJ underway by this date. I'll stand by. https://t.co/XshL4DUhNb
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 30, 2017
So Trump has been a spectacular failure. And his failure is our success. Neither is is true that this can be hand waved away as ‘It’s still very early.’ Some GOP operatives have insisted this is still in the 1st inning. But this misses the fact that most of what a President gets done legislatively comes in the first year. You can argue the First 100 is an artificial benchmark, but it does roughly correlate with when a POTUS is at the height of his/her political capital.
The trouble is if political capital isn’t used, it spoils. It’s not something you can just hold onto till a rainy day.
It’s not as early as some make it out to be as far as setting the tone of this Presidency. For Trump to pass legislation will only get harder.
Having said all that, we must remember we’re winning but it is still early. We have far from won yet. It is a marathon not a sprint.
Trump is a failed domestic President but maybe out of desperation he starts a disastrous war with North Korea. The one positive lesson from his standpoint was the glowing coverage he got over those Syrian strikes. The Brian Williams media: I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.
We have to be honest: Trump’s Syria strike was very successful in political terms: it knocked Russia off the front page. And it’s never come back. Yes there have been media stories about it, but it has at no point dominated the headlines since the Syria strike.
The media has seemed to want a new, more ‘nuanced’ narrative about Trump. A lot of this 100 days coverage has taken more important stories off the front page-most important of all is Russia collusion. The NYTimes did a great investigative piece on Comey. But there was no followup.
It’s true that Trump’s First 100 were a dismal failure, but the coverage of it in some ways seems to want to normalize him, to have a conversation about him, you’d have of any other President. While the media has had some pretty tough coverage of Trump in the First 100 days, many of them seem anxious for some excuse for some kind of normalization.
This is why I love Amy Siskind’s weekly piece she does Trump and the threat of rising authoritarianism.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) April 29, 2017
The worry is that in time authoritarianism itself becomes normal. Like notice Reince Preibus’ talk yesterday morning of rolling back free speech hasn’t gotten that much coverage. It’s just treated as something that got said. Not that big a deal.
And to see the big media outlets this morning, it’s apparently not seen as a big deal. At all. No front page coverage in Politico, Washington Post, or the NY Times. The Times has nothing about what Priebus casually said-so must see this as a positive sign. Notably, the Times does have a piece knocking Obama’s speech. The media does feel they have the time to criticize the last POTUS there is so little concern about this one.
Finally, while Trump has failed legislatively and his very legitimacy is in doubt, he has succeeded in a few significant ways; ie, we are losing in a few significant ways.
While Trump has failed several times already to abolish Obamacare, he does have a lot of executive tools at his fingertips that can weaken it.
Trump and Sessions-along with Mike Kelly at DHS-have been very successful in a very cruel immigration crackdown where they focus on deporting people who aren’t criminals or have only driving violations.
“In many ways, President Trump’s attempts to implement his hard-line immigration policies have not gone very well in his first three months. His travel ban aimed at some Muslim-majority countries has been blocked by the courts, his U.S.-Mexico border wall has gone nowhere in Congress, and he has retreated, at least for now, on his vow to target illegal immigrants brought here as children.”
“But one strategy that seems to be working well is fear. The number of migrants, legal and illegal, crossing into the United States has dropped markedly since Trump took office, while recent declines in the number of deportations have been reversed.”
He has been successful in instilling fear on immigrant communities. He also as Matt Yglesias points out, been successful in violating the Constitution every day and enriching his own family.
“Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been a moneymaking success story.”
“He’s getting what he cares about.”
So we are winning but the battle is not won. And even as incompetent as Trump is, the power of his office allows him to do great damage.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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