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There is something truly historic about Trump

Dana Milbank on

Some things are more historic than others. When Congress missed its "historic" chance to repeal Obamacare, Trump's executive order to undermine Obamacare was "truly historic."

His approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and his executive action on energy were just plain historic, as were his historic actions on trade and his historic tax overhaul, and both the nomination and swearing in of Neil Gorsuch. But his executive orders on trade and his work for veterans were both "very historic." Also "very historic" was his effort to "modernize critical IT systems." But "there's never been anything so historic" as the recent hurricanes, the handling of which earned Trump high grades -- from himself.

Vice President Pence is making even more historic strides to see historic occasions everywhere. He labeled a roundtable discussion on health care "historic." So was the swearing in of the labor secretary, the confirmation of the education secretary, the swearing in of the ambassador to Israel, Trump's meetings with the Indian prime minister and the pope, Trump's air traffic control proposals and events such as the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, the "Northern Triangle Conference" and the "Adriatic Charter Summit." Pence even knows that Trump's yet-to-be-announced infrastructure spending "will be historic."

Other White House officials have given "historic" designations to things such as the Congressional Picnic; HR 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017; and HR 1009, the OIRA Insight, Reform and Accountability Act.

"Historic pace." "Historic accomplishments." "Historic visit." "Historic gathering." "Historic day." "Historic act." "Historic event." "Historic speech."

What actually is historic about this first year of the Trump presidency will be left to the historians. But so far, Trump's actual achievements have been few. What seems most historic about this moment:

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Trump's hysterics.


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