Trump says his first 100 days were ‘historic’. This historian’s response is classic.

A historian absolutely demolished the alternative facts in President Trump’s official statement commemorating his first 100 days in an epic series of tweets.

Peter A. Shulman, who is an associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as a published author in Johns Hopkins University Press, took the time to expose every last inaccuracy and factual error in the White House’s “100 Days of Historic Accomplishments” email blasted out this morning.

The statement itself congratulated the Trump White House for accomplishing “more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt,” with a comparative list showing executive orders signed by previous administrations.

Here’s the original statement, tweeted by CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta:

Shulman noticed Acosta’s tweet, and remarked that the historical comparisons made by White house Press Secretary Sean Spicer in the statement were “catastrophically wrong.” He then flat-out embarrassed the White House for not doing the due diligence of basic fact-checking, pointing them to a Wikipedia page that showed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed 99 executive orders in his first 100 days, as opposed to the 9 listed in the White House statement. Shulman admonished the White House press office for failing to even recognize that executive orders are listed numerically, not thinking to double back and make sure there weren’t orders they were forgetting to count.

But Shulman wasn’t finished after executive orders. When the Trump White House pointed to all the legislation it had signed, Shulman reminded his audience that a vast majority of that legislation consisted of bills repealing regulations put in place during former President Barack Obama’s final year in office. Other bills included mundane appointments, like who would be the next citizen regent of the Board of Regents for the Smithsonian, and the naming of a VA clinic in Pago Pago, Samoa.

In a nutshell, Trump’s first 100 days of accomplishments is stunningly mediocre.

Read Shulman’s blistering breakdown of the Trump statement below:

 

Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.