I thought Trump did a good job in the third and final presidential debate, but as the prof noted, Trump just can’t seem to help himself from saying that one thing that will dominate headlines for the next however long and effectively obscuring the important, valid, and meaningful things he has to say.

A quick internet search of Trump’s first 100 days speech pulls articles entitled “Trump threatens to sue accusers while laying out plan for first 100 days” from NBC News and from CNN, “Trump makes ‘closing argument,’ again attacks accusers.

I’ll spare you the scathing headlines from those outside the “unbiased, straight news” outlets  reported by purported “journalists” at NBC and CNN.  Yes, Trump did attack his accusers and threaten to sue them during his first 100 days in office, so it’s not all that remarkable that it’s making headlines . . . and driving the narrative against Trump.  Yet another completely avoidable self-inflicted wound.

But let’s move on.

Trump on draining the swamp:

[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:

  • FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
  • SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
  • THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
  • FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
  • FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
  • SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

He goes on to discuss everything from his quite long list of new tax-payer funded entitlements and goal of “public-private” partnerships to his intent to protect the Second Amendment, to weed out partisan corruption in Executive agencies, and to fix the myriad problems in the VA.  He vowed again to renegotiate trade deals, to advocate for Congressional term limits (don’t hold your breath on Congress passing this), and to be strong on national security.

Best lines:

“I have no special interest but you, the American voter.”

“Hillary Clinton is not running against me, she’s running against change.”

“I am asking the American people to dream big once again.”

“draining the swamp”

These are the key phrases that he should have been saying since he had the nomination wrapped up.  Is it too little too late?  I think not too little, this is the right note (and he doesn’t shout the whole speech as he used to do, in itself a big improvement) and the right message to bring Americans together and to shore them up to support him.  The too late?  I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Watch Trump’s full speech at Gettysburg in which he outlines his goals for his first 100 days.

This Trump may not have won the primaries, but had he shown up four or five months ago . . . Hillary wouldn’t be busy measuring for curtains in the White House.