Opinion | Mike Stopa

The triumphs of Trump’s first 100 days

FILE - In this April 6, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. Donald Trump promised to shake up Washington. And in his first 100 days, he’s certainly followed through. Between the fixation on the inauguration crowd size, his tweets that he had been wiretapped by his predecessor and the failed effort at health care reform, Trump’s honeymoon could hardly be described as blissful. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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President Trump arrives to speak at Mar-a-Lago after the US fired cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation for chemical weapons attack against civilians.

Donald Trump promised us — his supporters — that if we were able to help him win the presidency, he would deliver so much winning that we would get sick of it. We would win with a border wall and illegal immigrants would go home. We would win better trade deals and industry would return to the heartland. We would win against ISIS, we would win safety for our city streets, and we would win the battle for ending Obamacare.

He didn’t mean this literally.

And frankly, it hasn’t been all winning. There was the Michael Flynn debacle and the failed Muslim ban. Too much time was spent on Obamacare only to have its repeal fail. And there was bickering among advisers in the White House.


Indeed, the mainstream media have chronicled the numerous cases where the Trump administration has moved and not gotten the result that it sought. But those chronicles have never grasped Trump’s continued appeal to his voters — no matter how many reporters they send to Michigan and Wisconsin to study the natives.

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Throughout the first 100 days of the new presidency, we Trump supporters have been positively giddy. This is not to say that there haven’t been disappointments. But the fact that legislative gridlock persists or that activist judges have thrown roadblocks into Trump’s executive orders is not remotely an indictment of Trump’s policies, but rather a demonstration that more work needs to be done.

Trump has assembled a strong team of capable conservatives and populists who will press forward with priorities, including creating jobs for blue-collar workers, curbing climate change hysteria, and vigorously confronting radical Islamic terrorism. We already see results in consumer confidence and the anticipatory rise of the stock market. We see dramatic drops in border-crossings from Mexico. Legislation — Obamacare, taxes, funding for the wall — will be hard. But no one on this side was surprised that Trump did not get a minute of a honeymoon.

One of the main reasons for examining this milestone of the first 100 days is to determine whether a pattern has emerged that allows us to peer into the future. To Trump supporters, the shape of the future — absent some black swan such as a nuclear exchange with North Korea — is relatively clear. The Democratic filibuster and countless activist judges will continue to enable the liberal rearguard action. Some degree of tax reform should pass Congress and, with the loosening of regulations, a higher level of prosperity should emerge. Progress, where the executive branch can proceed on its own, will continue steadily.

Trump acolytes — sober realists all — understand that the oceans are not going to recede and that Sisyphus’ rock is going to roll back down the hill forever. We never believed Trump about too much winning. Thus we are focused on the winning that we’ve got.


It’s been a great 100 days.

Mike Stopa is a nanophysicist who served as a delegate for President Trump at the Republican National Convention. He podcasts with Todd Feinburg at harvardlunchclub.com.