Politics & Policy

100 Days of President Trump: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

(Reuters photo: Yuri Gripas)
From Gorsuch to bungled Obamacare repeal to the Left’s assassination chic

Judging a four-year presidency at the 100-day mark is akin to watching a baseball game and declaring the home team a success or failure at the bottom of the first inning. But, if America must be governed by absurdist metrics, why not this one?

The first 100 days of the Trump Era recall that old Western: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

President Donald J. Trump’s biggest accomplishment: He has stopped and reversed Obama’s eight-year slouch toward socialism.

“Imagine the economic devastation we’d be talking about today if Hillary Clinton had been elected: higher taxes, more job-crushing government regulations, an expansion of government-run health care, and massive government overreach into the private sector,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “In less than 100 days, President Trump and his administration have not only prevented that nightmare, but they have halted the economic destruction caused by eight years of Obama-administration policies, and have restored consumer and business confidence with strong and effective pro-growth policies.”

Trump has secured a slew of achievements, of which conservatives merely have fantasized — sometimes for decades:

‐The Keystone Pipeline is alive.

‐The War on Coal is dead.

‐Trump has signed eleven Congressional Review Act bills to vacate much of Obama’s late-term regulatory spree.

‐Trump ordered that the imposition of any new regulation requires that two old ones be dropped headfirst into the Potomac.

‐Because of the withdrawal of Obama’s welcome mat, illegal-alien infiltration of the southern frontier dropped 64 percent in March, compared with a year earlier.

‐As an alternative to the VA health system, veterans will enjoy extended access to private-sector medicine.

‐States now are free from Obama’s rule that forced them to send federal Title X family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood and other clinics that perform abortions.

‐The proposed 2018 budgets for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities: $0.00.

‐A review of Obama’s massive federal land grab under the Antiquities Act may open some acreage to uses other than stasis.

‐Reconsideration of Obama’s calamitous $993 billion Clean Power Plan may prompt its revocation.

‐Trump’s just-unveiled tax-reform proposal promises 15 percent tax rates for corporations and small businesses, a doubling of the standard deduction, death for the Death Tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax, and many more gorgeous things.

Trump’s pro-growth breezes have dispersed Obama’s anti-business fogbank and lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average 5.8 percent since January 20. This has boosted the value of individual portfolios and union pension funds.

The Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, 49, will place Trump’s constitutionalist fingerprints on American jurisprudence for perhaps a quarter century or more. “Trump can count every 5–4 decision over the next three decades that goes conservatives’ way as one of his ‘First 100 Days’ accomplishments,” observed Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen. “No other modern president can claim to have had that kind of lasting impact in so short a time.”

Trump has appointed first-rate conservative leaders to top posts, including:

‐Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

‐United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley

‐Budget director Mick Mulvaney

‐Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, M.D.

‐EPA chief Scott Pruitt

Overseas, President Trump has reestablished American power and prestige. Fifty-nine incoming U.S. cruise missiles clarified that for Syria, and the Mother of All Bombs beautifully delivered that message to 94 highly mortal ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan. Trump successfully has hosted foreign leaders from Canada, Egypt, Great Britain, Israel, and other nations. Visiting NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg endorsed Trump’s call for other nations to pay their fair share for the Atlantic alliance’s collective defense. Trump recruited Chinese general secretary Xi Jinping to yank North Korea’s leash.

That’s good.

Less encouraging, of course, was the high-speed derailment of the Obamacare Repeal Express. House speaker Paul Ryan’s insistence on crafting a bill to please the Senate parliamentarian, rather than congressional Republicans, was the biggest loose spike in this mess. While Trump conferred with multiple GOP factions and improved Ryan’s insipid bill, the president’s sudden abandonment of negotiations and his demand for a snap vote on March 24 helped this train jump the tracks.

Fortunately, a compromise between House members Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) of the conservative Freedom Caucus and Tom MacArthur (R., N.J.) of the moderate Tuesday Group suggests that Republicans have repaired this wreck and will get repeal and replacement back on the rails before long.

Trump’s initial 90-day limit on immigrants from terror-torn nations immediately slammed into a wall. It should have been better crafted, coordinated, and communicated. A second so-called travel ban followed these steps and addressed the objections of several federal judges who blocked the first measure. But a fresh set of judges swiftly sandbagged the new-and-improved order. Liberal jurists seem determined to resist Trump, even when his verbatim statutory authority under the federal McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 is beyond dispute.

A new set of tariffs on Canadian wood signals Trump’s unfortunate taste for using sticks in foreign trade, rather than carrots. A better approach would be to persuade Canada and other countries to stop subsidizing exports and open their markets, in exchange for America doing the same thing. If there is any tariff, it should be at a simple, low, flat 5 percent on all imports from all countries, in exchange for zero or far fewer trade subsidies, favors, and other preferences

Trump’s political appointments are moving slowly, in part because he reportedly wants to deprive some federal agencies of leaders, so they harmlessly spin their wheels while awaiting instructions. On too many confirmations, however, the Senate’s sense of urgency suggests turtles on Ambien. Several appointees have withdrawn their names after suffocating beneath piles of financial-disclosure forms and other paperwork required to enter many government positions, often for less money than they now earn in the private sector.

As the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney explained this week, a dearth of Trump appointees at the Justice Department has allowed Democratic holdovers to continue Obama’s war on the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of unpaid nuns who reject Obama’s demand that their health coverage include birth control.

That’s bad.

If only President Trump’s opponents fought him in court. Instead, Democrats and the Left refuse to compromise with him. They want him impeached, incarcerated, or entombed. And they scream this from the TV studios to the streets, seemingly nonstop.

Yes, Republicans opposed much of what Obama did, although GOP congressional leaders largely triggered Trumpism by handing Obama budget deals and debt hikes virtually on demand, to the frustration of rank-and-file Republicans. Frustrated, they turned to Trump for help.

Regardless, the GOP never boycotted an opponent’s inauguration. And yet 67 House Democrats refused to attend Trump’s swearing-in. Senate Democrats even boycotted confirmation hearings for some of Trump’s cabinet appointees.

Rather than offer their own ideas as alternatives to Trump, their entire platform is “Hell No!” — and lately in far dirtier words than that.

Instead of presenting their own agenda, the Left marches more often than soldiers in basic training. The Left should march less and think more.

Instead of presenting their own agenda, the Left marches more often than soldiers in basic training. They have staged a March for Women, a Day without Women, a march for Trump’s tax returns, and a recent March for Science. The Left should march less and think more.

The Left’s inability to think may be fueled by their boundless hatred for the Right. So-called comedian Samantha Bee claimed on her TV show that young men with buzz cuts at the Conservative Political Action Conference wore “Nazi hair.” This included a young, male Democrat whose hair was short owing to his stage-four brain cancer.

The Left’s Trump Derangement Syndrome has devolved into Wednesday’s mob invasion of the Heritage Foundation’s headquarters, violent protests against conservative speakers on “open-minded, tolerant” college campuses, shattered windows, arson, and physical assaults on Trump supporters. Citizens wearing “Make America Great Again” hats have been punched in the face. Black Trump haters in Chicago pummeled a white Trump voter at an intersection and then stole his car. A group of black teenagers tortured a mentally handicapped white man, shoved his head in the toilet, and (recalling the Wild West) partially scalped him while yelling “F*** Donald Trump!” They broadcast this entire atrocity live on Facebook.

Worst of all is the assassination chic that has gripped Trumpophobes who openly entertain the idea of murdering the president of the United States. Madonna told the January 21 Women’s March, “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” In a recent video, Rapper Snoop Dogg shoots a handgun at the head of a clown who is made up to resemble Trump. A flag pops out of the firearm and reads: “BANG.” Another thug named Big Sean raps about killing Trump with an ice pick.

“After Trump was elected, I spent days just weeping,” Thomas Chung told KTUU-TV. So, the University of Alaska Anchorage art professor produced a painting that his college displayed in an on-campus exhibit. It features Captain America star Chris Evans, standing nude, as a young Hillary Clinton clutches his lower legs. A nearby buffalo, branded with the words “Make America White Again,” lies dead. And in Evans’s hand, he triumphantly holds the decapitated head of President Donald J. Trump.

That’s ugly.

— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.



Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

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