The Futility of Disbelief (One Hundred Days and Nights of Donald)

#wellduh | #WhatTheyVotedFor

President Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump): "No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!" [via Twitter, 21 April 2017]

Perhaps Pramuk and Schoen come across as, well, disbelieving and perhaps a bit tacit:

Donald Trump just called using his first 100 days in office to judge him a “ridiculous standard,” but he repeatedly boasted about what he would achieve in that exact time frame before he took office.

And, no, that isn’t so much, but that’s also just the lede. The remaining five paragraphs seem to presume something everybody ought to be in on, some vital tacitry. And this is President Donald Trump, so, yes, yes there is indeed some vital tacitry afoot.

Donald Trump's Contract with the American VoterThe CNBC article also leans heavily on a (cough!) presidential Tweet and something called “Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter”, which in turn is Mr. Trump’s “100-day action plan to make America Great Again”, which he describes as a “contract between [himself] and the American voter”. They even included his signature and left a blank space for the voter to sign.

“Voters who wish to hold Trump to the contract,” write Pramuk and Schoen, “would do well to read the fine print.” And why not? Donald J. Trump is a businessman, after all. Still, the duo juxtapose the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and “a string of executive orders” pertaining to regulation and trade as examples of accomplishment against the failure of Republican health care legislation in Congress. And while, perhaps, simply saying, “The State Department”, isn’t quite enough to make the point, any general consideration of Mr. Trump’s anti-Muslim executive orders, or string of diplomatic embarrassments, ought to be sufficient. Still, though, he did promise in his Contract to work with Congress to introduce legislation, including the repeal and replacement of the ACA. And, really, sort of metric could possibly account for the proposition that after a hundred days, the Trump White House still seems unable to grasp, much less actually reckon with, the proposition that they are, in fact, the President Donald J. Trump White House.

The #trumpswindle continues. Just how deeply do we expect the the President’s poor hundred-day performance, or even betrayal of his own adoption of the same standard other presidents answer, to affect his numbers among Republicans, who in turn seem absolutely enraptured?

It doesn’t really matter what he does. Whatever it is, this is still #WhatTheyVotedFor.

And let’s face it, the lulzoids will as the lulzoids do, but the rest of Donald Trump’s voters, well, they went and elected Donald Trump; we should probably consider quite seriously the possibility that we would be mistaken to presume they have any functional, indisposable principles by which they might measure the performance of a man who is nearly everything Republicans accused against his predecessor. To wit, there isn’t going to be any real Birther argument, but Mr. Trump has certainly made an especial effort to make himself out to be some manner of foreign asset patsy dupe puppet. Which in its own turn sounds precisely a ridiculous change of subject, except, well, they went and elected Donald Trump, and here we are.


Image notes: Top ― President Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump): “No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” [via Twitter, 21 April 2017] Right ― Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter.

Pramuk, Jacob and John W. Schoen. “Trump calls first 100 days a ‘ridiculous standard’—even though he set it as a standard”. CNBC. 21 April 2017.

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