Two Years Into The Trump Presidency, a Mid-Term Review

So President Trump has been in office for roughly two years. How’s he doing? You be the judge.

1.  Consistency and Accountability

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security. … I will take the mantle…I will be the one to shut it down.”

~DJT Tweet, 12/11/18

“The Democrats own the shutdown!”

~DJT Tweet, 12/21/18

Senate: 51 R, 47 D, 2 I

House: 237 R, 197 D

2.  Stability

Nine of 21 White House and cabinet positions have turned over at least once during the Trump administration, compared with three at the same point of the Clinton administration, two under President Barack Obama and one under President George W. Bush.

~NYT, December 20, 2019

It looks as though Mnuchin, and possibly Fed Chief Jerome Powell, may also be waving sayonara very soon.  Hmmm.

3.  Leadership in Time of Crisis

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor.”

~DJT Tweet, November 10, 2018

“Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

~DJT Tweet, September 30, 2017

4.  It’s the Economy, Stupid!

The Dow lost 1,655 points on the week, the worst percentage drop since October 2008.

The Dow and S&P 500 are on track for their worst December performance since the Great Depression in 1931.

Both the Dow and the S&P 500 are now in the red for 2018 by at least 9 percent.

~MSNBC, December 20, 2018

“I don’t think they can impeach somebody that’s doing a great job. You look at the economy, you look at jobs, you look at foreign, what’s going on with other countries. You look at trade deals. I’m doing a great job.”

~DJT Tweet, August 24, 2018

5.  Character

“On approximately June 16, 2015, Individual-1, for whom Cohen worked at the time, began an ultimately successful campaign for President of the United States. During the campaign, Cohen played a central role in two similar schemes to purchase the rights to stories – each from women who claimed to have had an affair with Individual-1 – so as to suppress the stories and thereby prevent them from influencing the election. With respect to both payments, Cohen acted with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election. Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1.”

~United States of America v. Michael Cohen, No. 18-cr-602 (WHP), U.S.D.C. S.D.N.Y. Dec. 7, 2018

6.  Philanthropy

“The Trump Foundation has done great work and given away lots of money, both mine and others, to great charities over the years — with me taking NO fees, rent, salaries etc.”

~DJT Tweet, December 19, 2018

The Trump Foundation agreed to dissolve amid a lawsuit filed by the NY Attorney alleging it violated campaign-finance laws, abused its tax-exempt status and engaged in unlawful coordination with Trump’s presidential campaign. Other reports showed that Trump donated little of his personal money to the charity after 2006 and engaged in self-dealing, including the use of Foundation funds to settle legal claims against the Mar-a-Lago resort.

~Washington Post, December 19, 2018

7.  Patriotism and Loyalty

REPORTER (Jeff Mason from Reuters): President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

PUTIN: Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the US/Russia relationship back to normal.

TRUMP: I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be.

~Joint Press Conference, Helsinki, July 18, 2018

8 U.S. Intelligence Groups Blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, including the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, the NSA, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and Republican-Led House Intelligence Committee and the Republican-Led Senate Intelligence Committee.

~New York Times, August 2, 2018

8.  Tyranny

On Kim Jong Un: “He speaks, and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”

On Xi Jinping: “He’s now president for life….he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

On Vladimir Putin: “If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him. I’ve already said, he is really very much of a leader.

9.  Veracity

DJT said: “The overall audience [for the inauguration] was, I think, the biggest ever to watch an inauguration address, which was a great thing.”

~January 26, 2017

The Truth: The White House said 720,000 people attended the Jan. 20 inauguration in person, while Trump estimated 1.5 million. 1.8 million who attended Obama’s first inauguration. Approximately 30.6 million people tuned in to watch Trump’s inauguration on television. 41.8 million viewers watched Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inauguration.

DJT said: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

~DJT Tweet, March 4, 2017

The Truth: No evidence has ever been adduced to support this claim.

DJT said: “If you buy, you know, a box of cereal, if you do anything, you have a voter ID. … The only thing you don’t is if you’re a voter of the United States.”

— 11/14/18 Interview with the Daily Caller

The Truth: You do not need identification to buy a box of cereal.

10. Respect for the Judiciary

“Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have ‘Obama judges,’” Mr. Trump wrote, “and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country.”

“Judicial Activism, by people who know nothing about security and the safety of our citizens”

~DJT Tweets, November 21, 2018

“The 9th Circuit is a complete and total disaster. It is out of control, has a horrible reputation, and is overturned more than any circuit in the Country.”

~DJT Tweet, November 22, 2018

“It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit.”

~DJT Tweet, January 10, 2017

“Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statement about me. Her mind is shot – resign!”

~DJT Tweet, July 13, 2016


That’s your president, Folks. Once again, thanks to all of you who made him so.

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