VIDEO: Students Hate Trump’s First 100 Days Accomplishments… Until Learning They’re Obama’s Accomplishments

By Cabot Phillips and Amber Athey, @cabot_phillips and  @amber_athey While supporters of President Trump point to his slew of executive orders and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as markers of his success, detractors claim Mr. Trump has accomplished very little since taking office. Throughout the year, Campus Reform has shown how liberal professors and students across America have been quick to oppose the President’s actions—often without understanding important details about them. Hoping to tease out whether such reflexive opposition to Trump is based on policy disagreements or simply distaste for Trump himself, Campus Reform headed to George Mason University to ask students their opinions about the first 100 days. Except, the “Trump accomplishments” we referenced were actually all things President Obama had done during his first 100 days in office. Would they agree with the actions because they were actually liberal policies enacted by President Obama, or would they shoot them down because of their perceived association with Donald Trump?. We quickly discovered that the students we spoke with were quick to voice their displeasure with the “accomplishments” we told them about, no matter how liberal they really were. When disguised as something Donald Trump did, for instance, what did students think of President Obama’s “Apology Tour?” Why, that’s “dangerous” and “overstepping his bounds,” they cried. What about Obama’s stimulus package? When credited to Trump, they found the idea reminiscent of Nazi Germany. And President Obama’s order to loosen statute of limitation laws to make lawsuits easier? That’s just a secret ploy to make Trump more money. Read the full story at→ Continue Reading

ICE Has Made Over 41,000 Arrests in Trump’s First 100 Days

In the first 100 days that Donald Trump has been in office, arrests for immigration violations have increased 38 percent over to the same period in 2016, according to figures Immigration and Customs Enforcement released Wednesday. More than 41,000 people have been arrested. His Muslim ban remains tied up in the courts, and judges have issued early setbacks to his attempts to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities, but this week’s announcement is robust proof that Donald Trump has indeed managed to translate his fiery anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric into an actual policy agenda targeting undocumented immigrants. “ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in the statement. “However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.” That last sentence is key, and is the crux of how the Trump administration has pursued the expansion of its enforcement efforts. On January 25, after barely a week in office, Trump released an executive order laying out who among the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants would be prioritized for removal from the country. The short answer: just about everyone. While President Obama—who, it should be noted, deported a record-breaking 2.8 million people while in office—set a series of enforcement priorities ostensibly focusing on gang members and those who’d been convicted of the most serious offenses, President Trump obliterated them. Under his watch, any deportable person who had been convicted of a crime, or charged but not yet convicted of a crime, or who had even committed a “chargeable criminal offense,” would be “prioritize[d]” for removal. Those who’d ever committed fraud Continue Reading

The Most Important Story of Trump’s First 100 Days

On April 25, as Donald Trump neared the 100th day of his presidency, a federal judge in San Francisco dealt a blow to one of his signature initiatives—an executive order denying federal funding to sanctuary cities. Federal District Judge William Orrick ruled that the order violated states’ rights by seeking to coerce local jurisdictions into doing the federal government’s work for it; it also violated the separation of powers, because only Congress can impose conditions on federal funding. The decision was a ringing victory for immigrants, the Constitution, and the growing resistance to a president who seems equally hostile to foreign nationals and our country’s own founding document. The most important story of the president’s first 100 days is the strength of our system’s response when confronted by a president dismissive of civil rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law. Trump has shown either abject ignorance of or outright disregard for such fundamental constitutional precepts as judicial review, the establishment clause, freedom of the press, and reproductive freedom. Shortly after his election, Trump proposed in a tweet that flag burners should be imprisoned and stripped of their citizenship—thereby advocating two unconstitutional acts in a single 138-character statement. His executive order barring travel from predominantly Muslim countries is a blatant violation of the establishment clause, a fact that Trump himself underscored by explaining, on the Christian Broadcasting Network the day the first travel ban was issued, that it was designed to favor Christian over Muslim refugees. More recently, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus confirmed that the administration is considering amending the First Amendment to restrict freedom of the press and, as Trump suggested during the campaign, “open up” libel laws. But we are a constitutional democracy, whether Trump likes it or not. So he can’t Continue Reading

‘The Simpsons’ spoofs Trump’s first 100 days

"The Simpsons" sure think Donald Trump is a d'ohpe. The long-running animated Fox series released a scathing spoof of President Trump's first 100 days in office, and crammed in all of the Russia, Twitter and terrible hair jokes you could possibly expect. After opening with Sean Spicer hanging from a rope and Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon duking it out, the clip heads to Trump's bedroom, where he's relaxing in bed wearing (of course) a pink robe. "100 days in office, so many accomplishments, lowered my golf handicap, my Twitter following increased by 700," the always number savvy Trump brags as a tan-colored dog shifts position on his head. "And finally, we could shoot hibernating bears. My boys'll love that." The animated Trump does seem to have a one-up on his real-life counterpart in that it seems he enjoys reading. Strewn about his bed are books with titles like, "The Little Book of Big Bombs" and "Killing a Good Thing," written by ousted television host Bill O'Reilly. Trump even has the viral photo of himself riding a truck framed on the wall. The minute-and-a-half clip also poked fun at Ivanka Trump, with the first daughter taking Ruth Bader Ginsburg's place as a Supreme Court Justice — and hawking her robe and gavel earrings for sale at a cool 1,000 rubles. Trump on the television is so bleak, it's even making Marge pop Prozac, though Grampa Simpson isn't faring much better, as he's getting deported. "100 days. We are 6.8 percent of the way home," a voice says over the ad Homer and Marge are watching. "Paid for by anybody else 2020." Continue Reading

Conway on Trump’s First 100 Days: ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’

President Donald Trump has taken some criticism for skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner, but Kellyanne Conway says the president was right where he was supposed to be: with the American people.On "Fox & Friends Weekend" this morning, Conway, a top adviser to Trump, discussed the the president's patriotic rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, which marked his 100th day in office."I was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with an overflow, energetic, enthusiastic crowd for this president and his message," Conway said. "They just love him. And the signs were 'promises made, promises kept,' and that's the way they feel."She noted the fact that the event took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has extra significance, as that's a state where Trump won 20 electoral votes, which helped put him over the top in the presidential election.Conway pointed out that prior to Trump's "barn-burner" speech, he visited a local wheelbarrow factory and signed two executive orders."I think these executive orders really tell the tale of the first 100 days and then looking toward the future," Conway said. "He is cracking down on cheaters and abusers within the trade and manufacturing arenas, and he has established, as of yesterday on his 100th day, an Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, so that there's a White House liaison with commerce in this office that is going to go ahead and review these bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and make sure they're fair to America, American workers, American interests."She said the American people really appreciate the fact that Trump has kept his promises, and they really feel that the country is safer more prosperous.Watch more above. Loesch: We Have a White House That's 'Prioritizing Our 2nd Amendment Rights' Maher Rips Obama for Wall St. Speech: Can't You Live Off Your $10M Book Deal? Rep. Duffy: Democrats Would Rather Fail Than Work With Trump & Fix Things 'They're Murdering People!': Tucker and Continue Reading

Trump’s First 100 days: The hits, the misses and the effect on NJ

Over the first 100 days of his administration, President Donald Trump has transformed the tone of the office while overturning dozens of regulations that he said impede economic growth — but he has been unable to deliver major healthcare legislation or to make good on other signature campaign promises.His call to build a wall on the U.S. southern border has been stalled without funding, as neither Mexico nor a Republican-controlled Congress have offered to pay for it. His attempts to ban immigrants from some Muslim countries and to punish so-called sanctuary cities that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities have been blocked by federal judges.In New Jersey, the effects of many of those proposals — and even the failures — have already been felt in ways large and small.His proposed budget calls for cutting funding to the $24 billion Gateway project, which would rebuild a critical  part of the New York and New Jersey rail network — including the Hudson River tunnels. It also would eliminate after-school programs in poor areas, which would affect thousands of students in New Jersey. And environmental cleanups could be hardest hit, with his proposed one-third cut to the Environmental Protection Agency  — New Jersey has the most Superfund sites in the nation. ENVIRONMENT: Trump actions so far curtail environmental protections IMMIGRATION: Most of Trump's policies have not been fully implemented, but they've impacted immigrants HEALTHCARE: Obamacare is still the law EDUCATION: Spending cuts proposed And his moves have had a chilling effect on New Jersey's population of 500,000 immigrants without legal status. For example, many immigrants, fearing deportation, have stopped showing up for federal assistance programs. And just last week, New Jersey's chief justice requested that immigration officials do not arrest immigrants without documentation at the state's Continue Reading

Trump’s 5 biggest wins and losses in Congress in his first 100 days

The first 100 days of President Trump's relationship with Congress have been a bit rocky as he has struggled to learn how to deal with a legislative branch that doesn't always share his priorities. So far, his biggest legislative victories have been scrapping regulations created by the Obama administration. Here's a look at his major wins and losses on Capitol Hill.1. The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become a Supreme Court justice after changing its filibuster rules to prevent Democrats from blocking him.2. Congress reversed an Obama administration rule that blocked states and local governments from stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care providers solely because they perform abortions. Vice President Pence had to break a tie vote in the Senate to send the legislation to Trump’s desk.3. The House and Senate passed a bill to overturn an Obama-era rule that would have allowed the government to declare some Social Security recipients unfit to own guns if they’d been found mentally incapable of managing their own financial affairs. Critics said it infringed on people's Second Amendment right to own guns.4. Lawmakers voted to scrap an environmental protection rule by the Obama administration to limit the dumping of mine waste in streams. Republicans said the regulation would hurt the coal industry.5. Congress narrowly overturned Obama-era regulations that would have required Internet service providers to get consent from consumers before selling their personal information to advertisers. Republicans argued that the Federal Communications Commission had overstepped its bounds in creating the rule.1. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called off a vote on a Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare when it became clear it didn't have the support of enough GOP lawmakers to pass.2. Trump has failed to quash congressional investigations of his campaign's ties to Russia. In fact, the probes Continue Reading

Benson: Trump’s first 100 days were a big 00

If the president were a linebacker, this would be his uniform for his first 100 days.Donald Trump hasn't accomplished much of anything he promised voters he'd do during that time. His ploy to blow up Obamacare failed. His plot to ban Muslims failed in court. Oh, he's signed a lot of executive orders during that time. And played a lot of golf.But what does Trump have to show for it? Continue Reading

Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump: Comparing first 100 days of last six presidents

The first 100 days have been rocky for other modern presidents, but none had as bumpy a ride as Donald Trump has encountered during his opening days in office. Here's a look back.Approval rating: 43%*Nominees formally submitted/confirmed by Senate: 24/22*Major successes: Neil Gorsuch confirmed for Supreme Court; some Obama-era regulations repealedMajor setbacks: Proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act withdrawn from House; immigration orders blocked by federal courts; national security adviser Michael Flynn forced to resignOf note: FBI confirmed investigation into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian meddling in electionApproval rating: 65%Nominees formally submitted/confirmed by Senate: 190/69Major successes: Stimulus bill passed; children's health care expanded; equal-pay protections bolstered; federal ban on embryonic stem-cell research liftedMajor setbacks: Nominee for key role of Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Daschle, forced to withdrawOf note: Stock market bottomed out in March, a sign that the end of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression was in sightApproval rating: 62%Nominees formally submitted/confirmed by Senate: 85/35Major successes: House passed tax proposal, eventually signed in June, to slash income tax ratesMajor setbacks: Failed to act on a blue-ribbon commission report urging changes in homeland security or on warning signs before the terror attacks on New York and Washington that would follow in SeptemberOf note: U.S. spy plane flying over the South China Sea clipped by Chinese fighter jet and forced to land on Chinese soilApproval rating: 55%Nominees formally submitted/confirmed by Senate: 176/49Major successes: Family and Medical Leave Act signedMajor setbacks: Furors over gays in the military, firing of White House travel office staffersOf note: Hillary Rodham Clinton put in charge of signature health care overhaul, which Continue Reading

In Gettysburg speech, Trump made 100 days of promises. Did he keep them?

WASHINGTON — The first 100 days has been the traditional yardstick of a president's early achievements since Franklin Roosevelt. But no candidate in history laid out a first 100-day agenda as explicit as the one President Trump announced last October.In a speech on the hallowed ground of Gettysburg, Pa. just 18 days before his surprise victory, Trump gave one of the most important speeches of his presidential campaign — turning a vague campaign promise to "Make America Great Again" into a specific 100-day action plan.The list of 28 campaign promises, he said, was "a contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter."At the time, his campaign called it "a game-changing plan for his first 100 days in office."Now that Trump is nearing that 100-day benchmark, though, he's calling it "a ridiculous standard" to measure a president's accomplishments.Perhaps that's because the scope of his 100-day plan was enormously broad, covering a constitutional amendment, regulations, trade, tax reform, health care and the military. And the timeframe was ambitious: He promised to take executive action on the first 18 points of his 100-day contract on the very first day.Spoiler alert: He didn't.He's also 0 for 10 on his promises to achieve his goals through legislation. Only one — a health insurance rewrite — has even been introduced, and that fell apart as Trump couldn't get the support of House conservatives.Did Trump keep his contract with the American voter?A USA TODAY analysis of Trump’s first 100 days finds nine promises kept and four promises partially kept. Trump has taken no meaningful action on 12 promises, primarily the bills he said he would get Congress to take up. Two of Trump’s attempts to follow through on immigration promises have been blocked by the courts. And one promise – to rescind all of President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders Continue Reading