President Trump is trying to defend his first 100 days in office, but it’s an exercise in futility. He could have made good on every single one of his campaign promises and the media would still be calling his presidency an abject failure. Hell, the more of his agenda he accomplished, the worse the reviews would be. He should stop worrying about satisfying the press, which is filled with liberals who want him to fail. He’s doing a fine job, and he should be proud of what he accomplished.
Hell, if the only thing he did since taking office was nominate Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, his first 100 days would already be a smashing success. Anything on top of that is gravy, especially considering the kind of expectations the political press had for him when he was elected.
But he didn’t just nominate Gorsuch. He also signed two executive orders intended to limit immigration from terrorist havens like Libya and Yemen. Yes, those orders were blocked by liberal judges, but we haven’t heard the last on that. Trump is to be held responsible for an activist judiciary?
Okay, so you want to talk about the repeal and replacement of Obamacare? Fair enough. On this issue, it’s true; Trump – or at least the GOP Congress – fumbled the ball. But there’s still time for a comeback. And let’s face it: By doing absolutely nothing, Trump and the Republicans have still done much less damage to our nation’s healthcare system than Hillary Clinton and the Democrats would have done, so it’s hard to complain too loudly.
Let’s talk about foreign policy as it pertains to Syria and North Korea. After eight years of inaction – or bad action – on the part of the Obama administration, Trump is finally letting these rogue nations know what’s up. He is telling them that it’s a new dawn in American politics, and this bright, early morning has no room for dictators who threaten their citizens – and the entire world – with disaster.
Trump has also signed an order that allows for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, proving his commitment to furthering America’s energy interests in a big (league) way. And while he hasn’t yet found a way to fund and begin construction on the border wall, statistics show that crossings along the Mexican border are down nearly 90% since he took office in January. That’s an enormous accomplishment that shows you just how powerful it is to have a president who’s serious about illegal immigration.
As Trump has said, the 100-day scorecard is an arbitrary and meaningless goalpost, and today’s bad headlines will be forgotten by the end of the week. As long as he keeps his eye on the ball and keeps his ear free from the bad influences in Washington, he’ll be just fine.