By Sam Husseini.
A CNN headline blares a few days before the end of his “First 100 Days”: “Trump’s race against the clock to do something.”
Similarly, “Democracy Now” headlines a segment: “‘It Has Not Gone Well’: 100 Days of President Trump and No Major Achievements.”
It certainly hasn’t gone well, but Trump has in fact accomplished a great deal. Neil Gorsuch was put on the Supreme Court using the rhetoric of “pro-life” and has already facilitated death. His ascension basically consolidates rightwing control over all three branches of government.
He has adroitly broken the letter and spirit of virtually any positive promises he made to curtail U.S. interventionism and warmaking around the world; to take on Wall Street; to up taxes on the wealthy, etc. He appears to be escalating Obama’s war on whistleblowers to a war on publishers.
This is a phenomenal accomplishment.
Trump could be carrying out horrific policies and many would ignore that if he just makes a dumb comment. Oh, wait, that’s what’s happening. He can bomb human beings in any nation and it gets minimal coverage because — stop the presses — the White House misidentified Steven Mnuchin as “commerce secretary” when he’s actually treasury secretary.
And as Trump racks up “accomplishments” — as he and his cabal of corporate bosses cut deals with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell — the liberal “crit” of Trump “not accomplishing anything” will deserve an assist on every one of those “accomplishments.”