Saturday, April 29, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He complained on Twitter that the "Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!"

It is, to put it mildly, not remotely true that the media has not covered Trump's bill signings, or his far more numerous executive orders. Two of the 28 signings renamed VA clinics. Three more were to appoint or reappoint members to the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents. One was a waiver that allowed Trump to appoint his own choice for Secretary of Defense. Twelve of the remaining 22 were legislative rollbacks of Obama-era regulations, like the one that had kept government contracts from going to companies that stole wages.

As for Trump's own legislative promises for his first 100 days, however, none have resulted in legislation and most have not even been started.

Trump's claim about "great optimism" is another matter. Trump may have been referring to his own feelings, in which case the statement is probably true. Only about a third of Americans (34.7%) agree that the country is on the right track, though.

Who cares?

  • The media cannot cover accomplishments that haven't happened.