Today marks the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, and somehow the world hasn’t yet been blown to smithereens. Don’t be fooled, though: some pretty majorly terrible stuff has happened–and there’s bound to be more.
Trump’s attitude about his 100 days milestone has been nothing short of absurd. He has simultaneously played down the importance of this arbitrary marker, stating on Twitter that it was a “ridiculous standard,” and made a push to be recognized for his excellence within this metric. He has conveyed these two conflicting messages: 100 days are not a true test of a president’s efficacy, but let’s just say that–if they were a test–he should get at the very least get an A for effort.
It’s no surprise that Trump has displayed an erratic opinion of what his first 100 days mean. The capricious president is a study in inconsistency–a pattern that it seems likely will follow him for the entirety of his remaining time in office.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Trump even mischaracterized his accomplishments during this timeframe (an unsurprising yet nonetheless disappointing display of self-aggrandizement). He said that, when it comes to the goals that he set out to accomplish before this marker was up, that he is “mostly there on most items.” Take one look at the “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again,” a “contract” between him and the American people, and it’s clear that this is simply not the case.
Despite the fact that our planet hasn’t collapsed into all-out terror and chaos, this doesn’t mean that we should start relaxing and stop being vigilant about the actions that the Trump administration takes. We are far from in the clear and decisions made today will likely have repercussions that affect us all for years to come. The good news? Each day that passes brings us one step closer to the day that Trump exits office, so we all have that to look forward to.