Let’s take a look at the things that are going well for President Trump, and the things that are not, and see if there is a pattern. Here I will include topics that are not necessarily the president’s accomplishments or faults. I’ll simply describe the current state of things.
Things That Are Positive
Russia (our frenemy) is working with the U.S. on Syria, North Korea
China is putting pressure on North Korea
Healthcare progress (more to do)
Supreme Court nominee confirmed
Tax reform maybe
Optimism for an Israeli-Palestinian “deal”
Safe Zones coming along for Syrian refugees
Illegal immigration down over 70% because of Trump’s persuasion alone.
Business confidence high.
Things that are Negative
Unproven allegations of Russian collusion with Trump campaign.
Trump claims he invented the phrase “prime the pump.”
Trump tweeted a warning that Comey better be careful what he says because he might have been taped in the White House. But such recordings haven’t been confirmed. Or denied.
Critics say Trump is crazy.
Trump claimed his campaign had been “wiretapped” by Obama, but it might have been only incidental surveillance. Or not. We’ll probably never know.
Critics say Trump is a loose cannon.
Critics say “words matter” and Trump is careless with words.
Trump’s approval rating is abysmal.
There is “chaos” in the White House
Trump doesn’t study topics in detail.
Trump might fire people on his staff for various reasons.
There is in-fighting with Trump’s staff.
Trump got two scoops of ice cream when others got one.
Trump threatened to end press briefings but probably didn’t mean it.
Trump is influenced by whoever gives him the latest article that is sometimes fake news.
Trump calls the mainstream media fake news.
Trump has criticized the courts, judges, and anyone else you are not supposed to criticize as a president.
Health care didn’t get passed on the first try. And still needs work.
Trump will be impeached or jailed any day now for whatever.
Trump keeps relying on trusted family advisors such as Jared Kushner and Ivanka.
Trump fired Comey as both sides wanted, but his timing raised suspicions, and he talked about it wrong in an interview. Also didn’t coordinate with his communication staff.
Trump says things that do not pass the fact-checking.
Trump doesn’t realize that his business skills don’t translate into government. (This was the same reason people said he couldn’t win the election.)
Things that Might Be Good or Bad (Depending on your Point of View)
Trump is prioritizing jobs over climate risks in the near term.
Trump is reducing government regulations.
Trump is moving responsibility for several topics to states, per the Constitution.
Did you find the pattern?
All the important stuff is trending positive. Trump is not the sole cause of all that goodness, but he hasn’t broken anything important. That counts too. We’ve had plenty of presidents who broke stuff. Think of Nixon’s price caps, Carter’s hostage rescue mission failure, and Bush-the-younger’s Iraq war. When presidents don’t break anything, that’s a big deal
The topics that are problematic for President Trump include unconfirmed gossip, rumors, fake news, irrational worries, imaginary problems, trivial matters, and simple differences in political priorities.
As I recently said on Twitter, President Trump’s approval rating is low, but that can be explained two ways. One explanation is that the president is not doing a good job and people can see it with their own eyes. The other explanation is that citizens are actually grading their own cognition and don’t realize it.
What’s it look like to you?
You might enjoy reading my book because of patterns.
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