Sunday, May 7, 2017

Trump Should Be Held to Account for His Promises

The blind faith of some of his supporters reduces the chance his administration will be a success.
We’re now more than 100 days into the Trump presidency, and not all that much has gotten done.
Yes, Trump appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Yes, Congress has trimmed around the edges of some Obama-era regulations with the Congressional Review Act. But that’s about it. And there are no new major conservative initiatives in the works, either.
Yet to hear Trump’s most ardent supporters speak of the Trump administration is to be struck by the forcefulness of their excitement. Trump isn’t just effective — he’s supremely effective. Trump isn’t just conservative — he’s the most conservative. How do we know this? We know it because he has promised things. Trump, you see, has said that he will end immigration from Muslim countries — and it’s not his fault that his administration wrote an executive order struck down by multiple courts. Trump said he would stop illegal immigration — and it’s not his fault that Congress won’t humor him by building a wall, and that the courts won’t allow him to unilaterally defund sanctuary cities. Trump said he would repeal Obamacare — and it’s not his fault that he made so many conflicting promises that passage of anything remotely resembling repeal became impossible. Trump said he would pass a terrific tax reform plan — and it’s not his fault that governing is so complicated. Trump said he would make America more muscular on the world stage — and it’s not his fault that North Korea is intractable and Syria is a mess.
The deep and bizarre allegiance Trump worshipers have for his promises — not his actions, his promises – gives the lie to one of the greatest justifications for his presidency: political cynicism.
Read the rest from Ben Shapiro HERE.

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