The New Yorker’s David Remnick encapsulates the grim reality Trump’s first 100 days in office represents for those who hope to see humanity through the next 10 years:
On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this. His Presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite.
If there is a better description of what we’ve all been through, I’ve yet to see it. Remnick’s characterization of Trump’s effect on the office of the presidency itself is even more sobering:
The hundred-day marker is never an entirely reliable indicator of a four-year term, but it’s worth remembering that Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama were among those who came to office at a moment of national crisis and had the discipline, the preparation, and the rigor to set an entirely new course. Impulsive, egocentric, and mendacious, Trump has, in the same span, set fire to the integrity of his office.
Remnick’s lengthy piece is worth reading in full as it comprehensively and meticulously dismantles the image Trump has attempted to portray and replaces it with the cold reality: America has elected, as Remnick describes, “an unprincipled, cocky, value-free con who will insult, stiff, or betray anyone to achieve his gaudiest purposes.” Worst of all, there seems to be no end in sight to the ongoing tragedy, leaving observers with a feeling of helplessness as he blunders his way towards new wars and a complete breakdown of the US government.
With a group of seasoned psychiatrists publicly warning America that their president is dangerously mentally unstable, the urgency to get him out of office is greater now than ever. Remnick quotes John Adams, who once “evoked the Aristotelian notion that democracy will inevitably lapse into anarchy.” Wrote Adams to John Taylor, a former U.S. senator from Virginia, in 1814:
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Of course America does not have to commit suicide — it can be stopped should enough concerned citizens work together to get rid of the madman currently inhabiting the White House — but time is most certainly running out. The past 100 days have been grueling to say the least, but nothing compared to what has to happen next.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.