Forget the first 100 days; a single week is more than enough to judge the Trump presidential era. And has the jury reached a verdict? Depends who you ask. President Trump has been signing executive orders like a boss on everything from repealing Obamacare to pulling out of the TPP to building that wall to actually banning refugees and Muslims (though not, of course, Muslims from countries where he has business interests… cough, Saudi Arabia, cough). Trump is steadily ticking off his controversial campaign promises one by one, and slowly but surely making an indelible mark on American history. His fan base is proud and elated. His party is cautious yet optimistic. His opponents are angry and terrified. And Trump? Well he’s still upset because no one wants to talk about the alternative fact that his inauguration was the most watched ever, that the media is corrupt and biased against him, that voter fraud is rampant and that the size of his hands are definitely not in dispute. Sad.
President Trump follows Candidate Trump’s (and indeed Reality TV Trump’s) fondness for sitting in his own castle and creating his own universe – from promoting alternate facts as reality; to selectively labeling real (praise) from fake (criticism) news; to silencing federal agencies; to his petty obsession with his own popularity and image. Individually these actions are alarming but combined with the accumulation of his aggressive executive orders, it was inevitable that the week would end in condemnation and outcry from his critics, the liberal media and foreign leaders. All of this prompted people to protest in their thousands, lawyers to question the president’s legal scope and scientists to move the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.
Trump’s first week could be a bad omen for the rest of his presidency, not just because he has so far ignored half of the country, but also because his behaviors prove no one can believe the president whenever he says anything. The first few days of a new presidency are often messy, but Trump’s erratic and improvisational tendencies has added a hefty dose of confusion to the mix and a solid drop in his approval rating. However in his inauguration speech, he made his top priority very clear: paying back the dissatisfied voters who sent him to Washington to drain the swamp – and King Trump seems determined to keep his promises. Let’s hope the power doesn’t go to his head.
Feel like being the boss? Please bore someone else with your questions. Movie for your mood: The Devil Wears Prada