Trump released a campaign-style ad on Monday declaring his first 100 days a monumental success and branding anyone who suggests otherwise, like the media, purveyors of “FAKE NEWS.”
As the New York Times notes:
The 30-second television advertisement and a series of more targeted versions that are to run online are the latest examples of Mr. Trump’s extraordinarily early return to politicking at a time when most presidents would be spending their time pushing through their highest legislative priorities.
“America has rarely seen such success,” the narrator says, listing the confirmation of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, companies investing in jobs in the United States, the elimination of “regulations that kill American jobs” and the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“The biggest tax cut plan in history,” the voice intones, without mentioning that Mr. Trump has yet to offer any legislation — or even a set of policy prescriptions — for reordering the tax code to achieve the enormous cuts for businesses and individuals that he has endorsed.
Not at all surpringly, the ad does not discuss Trump’s health care reform debacle or his unsuccesful attempts to crack down on illegal immigration.
We can laugh at the attacks on the media and the lies clearly evident in nearly everything Trump does including this ad, but we have never seen a president wage a permanent election campaign in the way Trump has been doing, nor do we yet know if it will be effective.
If you are going to base an entire administration on lies, go big or go home.