President Trump continues to think that the standard of 100 days is unfair and should not apply to him. However, as much as he may not like this, it still does. It’s a tradition that started with FDR and continues to this day. But more than a tradition, it conveys a relevant overview of how the presidency will unfold.
Sure, Nixon’s first 100 days couldn’t have predicted Watergate, but they were still insightful to political analysts. Even so, Trump does not like this standard. Despite the fact that some numbers like immigration deportations are in his favor (with his base).
7 Reasons Why the First 100 Days Are Important
Trump appears to have forgotten or postponed the promises he made to his constituency during the campaign. Unlike him, the press and the public don’t like to gloss over the facts so quickly. Therefore, here are some reasons as to why Trump should reconsider his position on the first 100 days of his presidency:
1. They Set the Mood for the Whole Term
Whether we like it or not, the first 100 days tell us precisely how the rest of the president’s term will unfold. Donald J. Trump, the 45th POTUS, has 1359 days left in office – if they’re anything like the first 100, we’re going to feel approx. 1,5 millennia older by the end.
2. They Tell Voters What to Expect
Voters both left, and right needs the standard of the first 100 days to decide their position on the current president. Even if many Trump supporters still blindly follow him, popularity is a fickle friend. As of now, it’s starting to dwindle as more and more people find out their president is not what they voted for.
3. They Tell International Leaders What to Expect
The global stage is a rapidly changing environment where allies and enemies are lost and found every other day. The decision that a president makes within those first 100 days will determine how he is approached, treated, and even attacked by international leaders.
4. They Enable Comparisons with Past Presidencies
One can gain meaningful insight from comparing administrations past and present. Bush passed just seven bills during his first 100 days. Obama went up to 14. Those are still relatively small numbers compared to Trump.
5. They Define the Justice Nominations the President Will Make
Although many believe justice nominations should not be politicized, nothing could be further from the truth. Obama made it clear within his first 100 days that his nominations would be mainstream liberal. Trump also made it clear that he’s not so happy with the justice system and that he will nominate conservative judges with impeccable CVs, such as Neil Gorsuch.
6. They Fix Congress Imbalances
Vacancies are everywhere throughout Congress at the start of a presidency. Within this period, presidents usually occupy every position within their cabinet. Trump has, as of now, failed to do so – mostly because of the democratic opposition.
7. They Continue a Long-standing Democratic Tradition
Tradition is vital for democracies with such a long track record. Analyses of the first 100 days will remain relevant, possibly forever. Moreover, many other countries have also begun to place added importance on this timeframe within a leader’s term. This continues painting the US as the world’s most prominent example of a functioning democracy.
We don’t yet know whether this first period will define how the following years will go. Political analysts cannot adequately predict Trump’s moves, and it’s somewhat understandable. We’ve never had a president like this one – it’s probably one statement everyone can agree on. And if the first 100 days are any indication, it’s going to be an untamed, contradictory, and exhausting presidency.