President Trump’s administration has created many public controversies that have served as distractions for hard-hitting legislation being passed in the shadows, asserts David A. Graham of The Atlantic. Some of them were failures themselves but kept the media occupied. LGBT rights, the environment, criminal justice, and financial regulations have all seen legislative changes that will affect the country for decades to come. The president is putting judges in lower courts that will serve their whole lives. With endeavors that have been important to him, Trump has been highly successful, which the media hasn’t covered adequately.
President Trump has shown poor leadership and achieved very little of what he sought to since he’s been in the White House, argues Jay Caruso of Red State. The few successes he’s had were handed to him or won’t last beyond his presidency. Repealing Obamacare, such a big part of his campaign, has offered repeated humiliating defeats. Particularly Trump’s flip-flopping nature has made passing legislation so unfruitful. He celebrated the AHCA with the GOP only to heavily criticize it later. With a Republican-led Senate and Congress and with the odds stacked in his favor, Trump has fallen short in making noteworthy accomplishments.