Whether you agree or disagree with the Trump administration’s actions so far, the first 100 days have offered a tireless pace.
And though my organization has not agreed with every policy decision, his administration has employed a thoughtful approach in a number of areas that has yielded significant victories that will help millions of Americans improve their lives.
That’s the untold story of the first 100 days.
Start with the most consequential victory to the future of our country: the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Vacancies on our nation’s highest court are exceptionally rare.
Not since Ronald Reagan has a president confirmed more than two Supreme Court justices in a four- or eight-year term—in his first 100 days, President Trump already has half that.
Even rarer are confirmation processes executed as flawlessly as Justice Gorsuch’s. This started from the very beginning, after the unexpected passing of Justice Antonin Scalia last February.
In what proved to be one of the smartest strategic moves of 2016, then-candidate Trump brought in constitutional experts to assemble a list of the most qualified candidates and promised to nominate someone from it if elected.
This helped unite many wary Republican voters in key states who viewed this list as proof of President Trump’s conservative bona fides.
After inauguration, it took President Trump just 12 days to nominate Justice Gorsuch. His team worked with outside organizations like Judicial Crisis Network, Concerned Veterans for America, the Federalist Society, and others to ensure Justice Gorsuch had support on the airwaves, on the ground, and on Capitol Hill.
These herculean efforts paid off: After throwing the kitchen sink at Justice Gorsuch, progressives couldn’t pick off a single GOP vote for his confirmation. At 49-years-old, Justice Gorsuch could affect the direction of the country for three decades or more.
The Trump administration has also demonstrated a thoughtful, deliberate strategy to regulatory reform. This was another key campaign promise, and for good reason: Federal regulations cost the economy nearly $1.9 trillion in 2015 alone. That’s nearly $15,000 for every U.S. household each year, representing lost income and higher costs for many essential needs.
Here again, President Trump acted quickly and on the advice of highly-respected experts in federal regulations.
After being sworn in on January 20, he issued an order freezing the implementation of all pending regulations until they are approved by his administration.
He followed that up 10 days later with an executive order requiring that any federal agency proposing a new regulation also identify two regulations to be repealed. This will undoubtedly help lessen the burden on American businesses and families that’s been building for decades.
President Trump has also begun unwinding specific regulations that have made life harder for American families. That includes the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rules, which would have increased annual electricity bills by hundreds of dollars.
It includes reviewing the 22,000 pages of regulations passed under Dodd-Frank, which have made it harder for mom ‘n’ pop stores to get a loan and keep their businesses going. And it includes delaying Obama’s “Fiduciary Rule,” which would make it much more costly for retirees to receive financial advice.
The theme among these executive actions is the same: They are helping ordinary Americans afford a bigger slice of their own American dream.
The administration has also worked with Congress to repeal 13 Obama-era regulations via the Congressional Review Act — 12 more than Presidents George W. Bush and Obama combined.
Regulations like the EPA’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which would have eliminated up to one-third of remaining coal-mining jobs. These communities have been devastated by the war on coal, with many having among the highest unemployment rates in the country.
For the first time in years, families — many of which have been miners for five generations or more — can breathe a sigh of relief that their way of life might be able to go on.
This thoughtful, methodical approach to both the Supreme Court confirmation and regulatory reform will provide benefits to families across the country.
But they also provide something else: a blueprint for how to be successful on bigger reforms to come. That includes both health care and tax reform, which if done right, can help millions of people improve their lives.
To be sure, we believe some of the administration’s executive actions and policy positions will prove counterproductive. And in those cases, we’ll push them to consider more productive alternatives.
But through his first 100 days, President Trump has enacted many reforms that will move the country in the right direction. We will support those positive efforts every step of the way.
Watch the video and enjoy President Trump blast the (((media))) and the other enemies of working class people.
As usual, the reporting is slanted against Trump. Read around that fake news and savor the victory.
HARRISBURG — President Trump delivered a slashing, campaign-style speech here to mark his 100th day in office, accusing the media of lying about his success and saying he would rather spend the day with “much better people” in Pennsylvania than those in Washington.
“Make no mistake: We are just beginning in our fight to make America great again,” Trump told a raucous crowd at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, many wearing his signature red “Make America Great Again” hats. “We are keeping one promise after another and, frankly, the people are really happy about it.”
He touted his placement of Justice Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and scrapping of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. But he got his biggest cheers with a sustained attack on the media, returning, nearly six months after Election Day, to the same themes that drove his campaign.
While Trump has come under criticism for failing to show progress on some of his biggest campaign pledges, he said the media has refused to give him credit and “deserves a very, very big fat failing grade.”
And in a sign that 100 days in the Oval Office have done little to change him, the president continued to boast about the crowds at his events, declaring that “we have a lot of people standing outside” and that he “broke the all-time record for this arena.” Still, there were rows of empty seats and space on the floor as he spoke.
Trump spoke just 40 miles from Gettysburg, where in October he laid out a largely unaccomplished 10-point plan for his first 100 days in office. The rally also took place as the Capitol press corps mingled with celebrities at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a gala that has become a symbol of cozy ties between media, cultural, and economic elites. He had attended in the past but Trump became the first sitting president in more than three decades to skip the dinner.
“There’s another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington, D.C.,” he said to loud boos. “I could not possibly be more thrilled to be more than 100 miles away from the Washington swamp, spending my evening with all of you, and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people.”
Central Pennsylvania was a regular campaign stop during 2016, and in many ways Saturday’s rally was a mirror image of those events. Outside the complex, Democrats gathered to protest what they said would be devastating policies the president hopes to enact and said he had little to show for his first three months in office. Inside, effusive supporters had traveled hours – some from Michigan and New York – to join the rally, chant “U.S.A., U.S.A.!,” and roar as the president repeated familiar promises and catchphrases.
He painted a dark picture of dangerous immigrants flooding into the country, of police under siege and Islamic terrorism threatening Americans’ safety, promising to reverse those problems. He urged police to get several protesters at the site “outta here” as his supporters shouted at those who came to disrupt. Several people were walked out, including one man who shouted “Trump is a traitor” and held a Russian flag. State police held him briefly on the ground before escorting him out.
Despite his approval ratings hovering around 40 percent through most of his presidency, a historically low rating at this point, Trump’s aides have pushed hard to persuade the public his early days have been a major success. His team touted Trump’s moves to roll back Obama regulations and strike Syria. As he arrived in Harrisburg he toured a nearby wheelbarrow factory and signed two more executive orders he said were aimed at creating jobs.
“Promises Made. Promises Kept.” read one sign prominently displayed inside the Harrisburg arena. The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” a favorite from the campaign trail, played over the loudspeakers.
Many of his biggest promises have languished, but Trump promised his supporters all would be well. “Don’t even worry about it — go home, go to sleep, rest assured,” he told the crowd, “we’re going to build that wall,” though he has not yet secured funding for it.
He touted his major tax overhaul, released Wednesday on one page, and his plan to finally repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is stuck in the mud in the Republican-controlled Congress.
This, Trump acknowledged, blaming Democrats for standing in the way. “I’ll be so angry at … all of the congressmen in this room if we don’t get that damn thing passed quickly,” he said of the repeal, then again assured supporters that Obamacare “is dead anyway” and will collapse.
His supporters — including many waiting in a line snaking through the vast farm complex parking lot — seemed to agree. They remain fiercely loyal and encouraged by his first few months. They blamed setbacks on congressional obstruction and activist judges and said they believed he was keeping his promises as best he could.
“No matter what he’s trying to do, he’s getting stopped,” said Jill Williams, 39, who drove four hours from Groton, N.Y., to attend the rally. “He’s the president. He should be able to overrule some things.”
She said she was especially disappointed by federal judges who blocked Trump’s ban on travel from several majority-Muslim countries.
Zachary Adam Perry, a York resident who served in Iraq in 2007, said he hopes Trump can hold his temper on the world stage, but approved of the president’s missile strikes in Syria.
“It’s time we show the terrorists that we are a nation that is forceful now. They see weakness and they jump on it,” said Perry, 30.
Brendon Gaylor, 22, a network technician at the state Department of Health, was attending his first Trump rally. He said he was a member of the alt-right, the far-right nationalist movement that embraced Trump early and fervently.
As for Trump’s first 100 days in office, “I thought it’d be a little easier to drain the swamp,” Gaylor said, “but 2018 is around the corner.”
Fun rally. Just like old times. Loving it.
Apparently, the United States Senate would first have to pass legislation to break up the ninth circuit court of appeals. Legislation is currently pending, but Democrats would stand opposed to the breakup.
Hopefully, President Trump will not flip flop and will support Republicans in the Senate seeking the breakup.
President Trump is considering breaking up the 9th Circuit Court after a federal district court judge in its jurisdiction blocked his order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities.”
In a Wednesday interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump said “there are many people who want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous.”
In the interview, Trump accused liberals of “judge-shopping” for a court that would strike down his executive order.
“I mean, the language on the ban, it reads so easy that a reasonably good student in the first grade will fully understand it. And they don’t even mention the words in their rejection on the ban,” Trump said.
Trump claimed the court oversteps its authority and that his opponents “immediately run” to the court for “semi-automatic” rulings.
The 9th Circuit earlier this year blocked Trump’s executive order that barred immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries and banned all Syrian refugees from the U.S. for a period of time.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump railed against the 9th Circuit over a judge blocking his order withholding funds from sanctuary cities.
If Trump decides to move forward with plans to break up the court, he’ll have Republican support. Earlier this year, Sen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) voiced support for breaking up the court, which is seen as one of the most liberal in the country.
On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected Trump’s order to defund sanctuary cities, arguing that the White House had overreached with requirements not related to law enforcement.
The 9th Circuit Court covers Arizona, California, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and Hawaii, as well as Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Eighteen of the court’s 25 judges were appointed by Democratic presidents.
Alaska Public covered the story of legislation aimed at breaking up the 9th circuit last year, before President Trump’s threat.
The age-old effort to split up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is back. Republican senators Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana have co-sponsored the latest bill. The Ninth Circuit is the federal appeals court for Alaska and eight other western states. It is by far the biggest of all the circuit courts, serving a population nearly double the second largest.
Campaigns to split it up date back to at least the 1940s.
Many critics say the court is dominated by California judges and too liberal. The co-sponsors, though, stuck to statistics in a statement today promoting their bill. The senators say the court has over 14,000 pending cases, more than three times the volume of any other circuit, and takes longer, on average, to resolve them.
The bill would leave California and Hawaii in the Ninth and move the other states to their own circuit.
California’s Democratic senators have fiercely opposed such bills. And environmental groups have charged that splitting the Ninth Circuit is really an effort to gerrymander the court.
CNN offers a balanced story on the issue that goes into more depth than this post.
What is clear is that Republicans should have fought tooth and nail to prevent liberals from being confirmed to serve on the 9th circuit. The liberal philosophy of legislating from the bench is not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind.
Judge Derrick Watson claims that President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting six countries known to produce and harbor terrorists is unconstitutional because it discriminates against a religion.
Has this judge ever read the Koran? Does he really believe that Islam is a religion, when it clearly is a political ideology of conquest masquerading as a religion.
President Trump’s executive order to restrict travel to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries and suspend the U.S. refugee program has been blocked indefinitely.
The state of Hawaii sued to stop the travel ban, arguing the president’s policy violates the Constitution. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has extended his nationwide order blocking the executive order while the lawsuit continues.
Hawaii officials argued that the ban — a modified version issued after the first executive order was also blocked by federal courts — discriminates against travelers on the basis of religion. Watson said in his ruling that the state had shown “a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim, that irreparable injury is likely if the requested relief is not issued.”
As the Two-Way has reported, the president sought to deny entry to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.
The first part of the executive order, affecting travelers from the six majority-Muslim countries, was also blocked by a U.S. district judge in Maryland. That preliminary injunction remains in effect. The Trump administration is appealing the Maryland ruling to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Trump administration promised “extreme vetting” of people seeking visas, and has issued guidelines in a series of memorandums from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to U.S. embassies.
The judge is clearly wrong in this case, as judges often are. There are at least a dozen Muslim countries that are not on the banned list. There is no discrimination against Muslims because of that fact.
In World War II, imagine a ban against the Japanese being overturned on the grounds that Shinto (a Japanese religion) was being discriminated against.
Imagine a ban against Germans being overturned during the war on the grounds that Christians were being discriminated against.
Judge Derrick Watson is a fifth columnist traitor who deserves the same fate as all traitors.
There is no rule of LAW in America now. There are only political opinions of liberal judges who hate America–white and free America anyway.
As Rush Limbaugh has noted, we are on the verge of a Constitutional crisis. Either the Supreme Court steps in with some real law (not likely) or Trump risks being impeached and thrown out of office for defying these liberal judges.
Civil war, anyone?
A federal District Court judge in Maryland is considering whether he should order President Donald Trump to double the annual inflow of refugees up to 100,000 per year.
Any demand by the judge that the federal government airbus an extra 50,000 migrants — including many adherents of Islam’s sharia legal system — into American neighborhoods would be an unusual intervention into government roles normally left to the elected President and Congress.
If actually implemented, the judge’s plan also would be extremely expensive for Americans, because state and local communities subsidize each new immigrant with roughly $1,600 each per year for decades.
The judge who is at the heart of this case is Theodore Chuang. Learn more about the outrageously partisan Judge Chuang here.
The title of this post is the same as the title of the linked article at Reuters.
Most of the big news sites are running slanted titles, taking a whack at Donald Trump, portraying him as some sort of monster for leaving it up to the states to decide on what school bathroom policies will be for trannies.
It’s like a new Holocaust.
Sample slanted headlines:
CNN: Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students
WaPo: Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students
U.S. News and World Report: Trump Administration Set to Eliminate Protection for Transgender Students
HuffPo: White House: States Should Get To Decide Whether To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students
Since Reuters approached the subject with a fair headline, I’ve embedded their story in this post. Kudos to them.
President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.
Obama had instructed public schools last May to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity, threatening to withhold funding for schools that did not comply. Transgender people hailed it as victory for their civil rights.
Trump, a Republican who took office last month, rescinded those guidelines, even though they had been put on hold by a federal judge, arguing that states and public schools should have the authority to make their own decisions without federal interference.
The Justice and Education departments will continue to study the legal issues involved, according to the new, superseding guidance that will be sent to public schools across the country.
Reversing the Obama guidelines stands to inflame passions in the latest conflict in America between believers in traditional values and social progressives, and is likely to prompt more of the street protests that followed Trump’s Nov. 8 election.
A couple hundred people gathered in front of the White House to protest the Republican president’s action, waving rainbow flags and chanting: “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here.” The rainbow flag is the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people.
“We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but his attack on transgender children today is a new low,” said Rachel Tiven, chief executive of Lambda Legal, which advocates for LGBT people.
Conservatives such as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spearheaded the lawsuit challenging the Obama guidance, hailed the Trump administration action.
“Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obama’s attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change,” said Paxton, a Republican.
This PDF of Government Dear Colleague Letter on Transgenders Issued by the Obama Administration is now history. Praise God. Women are girls were just made a little safer now that pedos and rapists can’t dress like women and invade their spaces.
Protest all they want, it’s not fair to millions of women and girls to be made uncomfortable by having a penis in the ladies room.
It’s too early to celebrate yet, but for those supporting the American worker over the illegal alien, there is good news.
It appears that the first effort to expel a so-called Dreamer has taken place in the U.S. state of Washington. A young Mexican male gang member has been detained, but not deported yet.
U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.
The man’s lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. The program was established in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama to allow those brought to the country while young to attend school and work.
Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and one of the lawyers representing the man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, said he is not aware of any other DACA recipient who has been arrested.
“We are hoping this detention was a mistake,” he added.
Ramirez was a “self-admitted gang member,” said Rose Richeson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in a statement.
“ICE officers took Mr Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety.”
It’s very clear that the lawyers for muh Mexican are going to be arguing before liberal judges that the arrested “dreamer” has a right to stay in the States. But if Obama gave him that right, wouldn’t Trump have the right to take it away?