April 28, 2017 | All through the campaign, Donald Trump kept saying, "I'm sure I can. I know I can. I'm the only one who can." In short order, "on day one," he would do this and that, promising to tame Washington with the force of his deal-making prowess. He would use the bully pulpit to bully those who wouldn't succumb to his will.
Well, a hundred days have passed since Trump was inaugurated, and we've seen how that's all worked out.
His Muslim ban was smacked down by the court, and has not been resusciated.
The attempt by his Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to cow cities into doing the work of federal immigration agents met the same fate as the Muslim ban, slapped down by a court.
Instead of tough negotiation and labeling China as a currency manipulator, Donald shared "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen" with Xi Jinping and now extols President Xi as "doing an amazing job as a leader."
Instead of replacing Obamacare with "insurance for everybody," Trump signed on to a a disastrous bill concocted by Speaker Paul Ryan that would have stripped health insurance from 24 million people, and then doubled down on Trumpcare 2.0 in an attempt to have something to show for 100 days in office. Oh, never mind.
After years of critizing President Obama as "a president that can't get anything done so he just keeps signing executive orders all over the place," Trump now boasts about signing more executive orders in his first 100 days than Obama, George W Bush, and even Lyndon Johnson.
Stymied on healthcare, Trump announced that he would be revealing his "tax plan" on Wednesday. What was passed out was a single page of bullet points clearly rushed out because no one dares tell Trump they don't have a plan, but the overall intent is very clear: give big tax cuts to the wealthy, including his own family, and give lower and middle-class citizens the shaft. The "plan" was met with derision all around (save a few enablers who praised it as the best thing since the Tooth Fairy).
His short-lived National Security Advisor is at the center of a growing scandal as more and more information about the Russian connection comes to light. After Michael Flynn led the "Lock her up!" chants at the Republican convention and asserted, "If I did a tenth of what [Hillary] did, I would be in jail." Turns out he has done much more and may very well end up in jail. Be careful what you wish for!
The "big, beautiful wall" that Trump vowed over and over to erect from sea to shining sea on the southern border of the US, for which Mexico would pay, is looking less and less likely every day, not least because all the politicians from districts along the border oppose the wall since it will harm their constituents.
Although nepotism in government is frowned up, and forbidden by law, Trump has stocked the White House with Ivanka and Jared, while Don Jr and Eric supposedly manage his imaginary trust. After all, in Eric's words, "Nepotism is kind of a factor of life." Sure, if Daddy is rich and has no scruples.
Donald Trump sold himself as a super-skillful businessman who knew how to get things done, as someone who would be a strong and effective leader, just what the country needed after the feckless Obama (in Trump's telling). Guess what? Trump can't get anything done. Even several of the vaunted executive orders amount to little more than memos to cabinet secretaries to look into something.
Faced with resistance or outright opposition, Trump has become the Caver-in-Chief. One campaign promise after another has fallen by the wayside. Oh well. Let me eat cake.
Let me make it clear that I am delighted that Trump has turned out to be so incompetent. The great fear amongst many of us was that he would be an authoritarian tyrant. Turns out he's pretty much a paper tiger.
He has already wrought great damage on our country, but imagine how much worse it would be if he were any good at it.