Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) has been one of the most outspoken critics of Trump in his first 100 days. He said, “We may have an illegitimate President of the United States currently occupying the White House” on March 23rd after CNN reported Tump associates possibly colluded with Russia. Since then he’s been critical of Trump on most fronts that progressive people hold dear –Trump’s North Korea policy being one at the forefront of late. Today, the Congressman released his report card for Trump’s first 100 days. His assessment nails it right on the money.
Lieu covers the subjects of English, Math, Physical Education, Science, and his ability to Work Well With Others.
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) April 28, 2017
Let’s take a closer look at the report card: In 2015, Trump called Obama “stupid” for his Syria stance and claimed “I’m very highly educated. I know words. I have the best words, but there’s no better word than stupid, right? There is none.”
See Trump say it below:
Today, three weeks after Trump ordered a cruise missile attack in Syria, members of Congress are still demanding to know why he authorized the attack without them. So Trump’s Syria stance is certainly questionable, and when he bragged about having the best words, well his Twitter record has shown that he’s no grammatical wizard.
Congressman Lieu knows all about Trump’s tax plan:
“Despite this mathematically impossible spin, a cold, hard fact remains: the Trump tax plan does not pay for itself. It doesn’t even come close. America is a great nation, but we haven’t yet discovered magic. In the real world, the rules of math always apply. Instead of paying for itself, the Trump tax plan – particularly it’s slashing of the business tax rate to 15% without offsetting revenue increases – will blow a ‘bigly’ hole in our nation’s budget, federal deficit and federal debt.”
Trump’s grade for physical education is the real shining moment, with an A+, but that’s really based on his time spent golfing, even after he criticized Obama time and time again for golf. Golf Digest called him “The Golfer in Chief.” Seth Myers called him “The Tiger Woods of Hypocrisy.” Golfing appears to be the one area he really shines. At least he has that? At least it keeps him from signing yet another executive order for a bit.
See the facts from CNN back in March:
Then we get to science, and here is where Trump’s score is deservedly abysmal and absolutely horrifying and dangerous for the entire planet, not just America. Scientific American’s editors called his views on science “shockingly ignorant” in November 2016. But now that he’s in the White House, he’s really shown just how right they were. From eliminating thousand of EPA jobs, to hiring Scott Pruitt to gut the agency from within, to leaving Americans and all of nature vulnerable to toxins and pollution, to resisting the move to clean energy in favor of selling off national parks to exploit resources and oil.
Trump actually considers Obama’s designations of national monuments an abuse…
“Even in the face of Trump’s frenetic efforts to erase other parts of Obama’s legacy on multiple policy fronts, his call for “ending abuse of monument designation” stands out. No president has ever revoked a national monument named by a predecessor. No president has ever tried.” ~Laura Parker for National Geographic
Trump’s last grade from Lieu reflects the current F.B.I. investigation into his ties to Russia, but Trump’s historic low approval rating backs up this additional failing grade even more.
Yet in some ways, his low approval may be the most hopeful thing about Trump’s first 100 days. It shows that even though some in the Trump base may have voted for him for all the wrong reasons, the majority of Americans, and many who voted for him are seeing who he really is now. But is it all too late for America?
We can all do our part to “Make America Great Again” by demanding investigations are completed independently in a bipartisan way as soon as possible. Otherwise, the next report card may be even worse.
The score from Brian Klaas, researcher at the University of Oxford: