April 24, 2017
The Left may not like the job President Trump is doing, but the people who hired him for it are sure happy! Despite all the hype about Trump's unpopularity, even the latest Washington Post/ABC poll shows what a convenient soundbite that is. The reality is, the White House's new occupant couldn't be more popular with the people who voted for him -- sporting a 94 percent approval rating heading into his first big milestone: 100 days in office.
To his base, President Trump hasn't just met expectations -- he's exceeded them. Pro-lifers, in particular, have a lot to cheer after two terms of the most ruthless abortion ally in history. From reinstating the ban on overseas abortion promotion and funding to giving states the right to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, President Trump is keeping faith with his base -- not just with his commitment to fulfill his promises, but the incredible speed at which he's doing it. Mick Mulvaney, who directs the Office of Management and Budget, pushed back on the Left's criticism. "What I think folks don't realize is that we've signed more legislation into law in the first 100 days than anybody in the last 50 years. We put up more executive orders than any previous administration in the last 50 years." He's inked his name on 28 bills (the most since President Roosevelt), 24 executive orders, 22 presidential memorandums, and 20 proclamations.
But, as the president himself pointed out on Twitter, "No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including the Supreme Court), media will kill!" Of course, the best way to judge Trump should be his judge -- Neil Gorsuch, a proud originalist who now sits on America's highest court for life. In that single appointment, President Trump has done more for the country -- and constitutional governance -- than some presidents will do in their entire term.
But as appreciative as conservatives are for the missile strikes, health care negotiations, and a powerful roll back of Obama's transgender bathroom and shower mandate, there's still work to be done. At the top of the list? An executive order protecting what the First Amendment already gave us: religious liberty. Conservative leaders want it. Almost 20 U.S. senators have called for it. And the attack on so many innocent Christians demands it. As we celebrate the accomplishments of the first 100 days, we'll keep encouraging the administration to push forward on another one: protecting and upholding Americans' freedom to live according to their faith, and as the Constitution provides.
For more on Trump's first few months, check out the new column by FRC's Ken Blackwell, "The First 100 Days to Securing America."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.