Inbox from Senate Dems: “White House release on President Trump’s First 100 Days Had Some Errors In It. We Fixed Them.”— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 25, 2017
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The Independent reported that the White House sent out an email to the press mailing list commemorating President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office and bringing special attention to the 30 executive orders and 28 laws Trump has signed since becoming president. The email claimed that he has "accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt."
Titled "President Trump's 100 Days of Historic Accomplishments," anyone with a grasp on facts immediately knew its contents were going to be far-fetched.
Critics took immediate issue with the list, among them Peter Shulman, a history professor at Case Western Reserve University.
Oh. My. God. This is catastrophically wrong. https://t.co/nK2Uz41Lj1— Peter A. Shulman (@pashulman) April 25, 2017
Shulman took to Twitter to reveal the gaping holes in the email, accusing the White House of making "odd comparisons" and explaining that laws were a "dumb metric" of success since many of those listed do not have notable effect on the average American.
"Despite historic Democrat obstructionism, President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman,” the release reads.
It's almost as if they were asking for a fight.
Democrats in the Senate didn't keep quiet; they put on their glasses, chose a patronizing shade of red, and got to work.
"President Trump's 100 Days of Historic Broken Promises," is the title of their response, a heavily edited second draft that looks like the kind of thing a high school student gets back after receiving an F grade. In the release, Democrats accuse Trump of governing by executive power instead of through Congress.
“Despite campaigning as a populist," the Democratic version of the email reads, "Trump has governed as a hard-right extremist. Again and again, he has broken his promises to the American people while his allies have reaped the rewards.”
Although Trump has expressed profound derision toward the use of executive orders in the past- The Independent notes that Trump accused President Barack Obama of relying on them to cover his poor negotiating skills- Trump has signed more orders in his first 100 days of presidency than any other since World War II. Furthermore, journalist Emily Shugerman points out that he has yet to score a substantial legislative victory, but has signed more bills into law than almost any other president.
As always, there is a vast difference between Trump's reality and reality itself, but there are plenty willing to call him out on his hypocrisy and delusions — it's good to know some of them are in Congress. High caliber political trolling like this may be what keeps us all sane over the next four years.