in a column posted for tomorrow’s paper titled ‘I Keep My Promises,’ Trump Said. Let’s Check.

It has a subtitle of Here’s a report card on whether the president met his 2016 campaign pledges.

In case your wondering, this report card has a clear grade of F since Trump has failed on almost all of his campaign promises, pretty much completely.

The best thing to do is for you simply to read the column.

Let me give two examples.  First this, on a topic that does not get as much attention as it should:

“It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. This is why I’m proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.” (remarks, Oct. 17, 2016)

Eight of Trump’s associates have been charged with or convicted of crimes. Nonpartisan ethics watchdogs have repeatedly accused Trump and members of his administration and his family of serious ethics violations, and the Manhattan district attorney suggested last month that he was investigating Trump and his company for “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct.”

And then this, one of which I hope all young voters are made aware:

“We’re going to work with all of our students who are drowning in debt to take the pressure off these young people.” (speech, July 21, 2016)
Trump has sought to alter the terms of student loan repayments so that students would have to pay an additional $200 billion over a decade. He also attempted to cancel the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

There are many other topics covered, from the Wall and Mexico paying for it through rebuilding infrastructure …. things promised and not delivered.

You get the picture.

And remember — for the first two years of his Presidency Trump had majorities in both the House and the Senate.

The column might be worth passing to any persuadable voters still considering Trump.


  • September 5, 2020