The president’s spotty track record of bold promises has created a credibility gap — but his supporters don’t seem to mind.
“The final key to the way I promote is bravado,” Donald Trump wrote in his 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal.” “I play to people’s fantasies.”
What was true of Trump the flamboyant Manhattan real estate magnate is now true of Trump the president of the United States. From big, beautiful border walls to “total and complete” Muslim bans, Trump has made a habit of sweeping promises that net headlines, only to deliver more modest results.
Sometimes, it’s because Trump’s rhetoric meets the reality of policymaking or the courts. Other times, it’s because Trump is making a grand opening bid in negotiations. And often he just loses interest. But Trump’s habit of overpromising and underdelivering has created a credibility gap unknown to the presidency in the modern era.