100 Days


First, the good news from the New York Daily News: After first 100 days, a President Trump impeachment seems like a safe bet.

What a relief! (Tip of the hat to Vasari, for sharing.)

Another good read for this very special day: 100 Days, 100 Horrors. And here, for your delectation, are a few selections from The 100 most Donald Trump quotes about his first 100 days:

“I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility. And the human responsibility.” (AP)

“I thought it would be easier.” (Reuters)

“I’d give us an A.” (Washington Examiner)

“Not since Harry Truman has anybody done so much. That’s a long time ago.” (Washington Examiner)

In The Pond-Skater Presidency David Brooks enlarges on the theme that Trump is far too incompetent to be an effective fascist. That’s right, as far as it goes, but David Remnick in The New Yorker provides a fuller picture:

Trump has never gone out of his way to conceal the essence of his relationship to the truth and how he chooses to navigate the world. In 1980, when he was about to announce plans to build Trump Tower, a fifty-eight-story edifice on Fifth Avenue and Fifty-sixth Street, he coached his architect before meeting with a group of reporters. “Give them the old Trump bullshit,” he said. “Tell them it’s going to be a million square feet, sixty-eight stories.”

This is the brand that Trump has created for himself—that of an unprincipled, cocky, value-free con who will insult, stiff, or betray anyone to achieve his gaudiest purposes. “I am what I am,” he has said. But what was once a parochial amusement is now a national and global peril. Trump flouts truth and liberal values so brazenly that he undermines the country he has been elected to serve and the stability he is pledged to insure. His bluster creates a generalized anxiety such that the President of the United States can appear to be scarcely more reliable than any of the world’s autocrats. When Kim In-ryong, a representative of North Korea’s radical regime, warns that Trump and his tweets of provocation are creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment,” does one man sound more immediately rational than the other? When Trump rushes to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for passing a referendum that bolsters autocratic rule in Turkey—or when a sullen and insulting meeting with Angela Merkel is followed by a swoon session with Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the military dictator of Egypt—how are the supporters of liberal and democratic values throughout Europe meant to react to American leadership?

Trump appears to strut through the world forever studying his own image. He thinks out loud, and is incapable of reflection. He is unserious, unfocused, and, at times, it seems, unhinged.

In sum, folks, our fellow citizens have given the world’s most difficult job to a person with a serious mental illness. It does not take Nostradamus to predict that this will not turn out well.

And apart from that, I hope you and Mrs. Lincoln are enjoying the play.