Republicans had paroxysms whenever President Obama signed executive orders, screaming about overreach while ignoring the fact he had signed fewer such orders than recent Republican Presidents. In contrast, Donald Trump is signing far more executive orders than Obama ever did but GOP members are silent or actually applauding the current President.
Executive orders are typically substantive, serious documents to remedy specific problems when Congress has failed to act or to fulfill statutory requirements.
Trump, however, is not doing that. Many of his executive orders are extremely minor and pointless exercises in window dressing. They often amount to nothing more than ordering a study group about a particular issue, something already in the power of the President to do without a specific order.
Previous Presidents rarely signed executive orders in public. They saved signing ceremonies for important pieces of legislation from Congress.
Not Trump. He has a public signing ceremony for every executive order, no matter how minor, complete with press photographers and flanked by applauding sycophants.
He does this to create a mirage that he's actually "getting stuff done," as he repeatedly calls it. He's had utterly no legislative accomplishments in his first hundred days, unlike all previous recent Presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, so he creates a mirage of achieve with these ludicrous orders and dog-and-pony signing ceremonies.
His supporters buy this bullshit. Most of us who don't support him know it's just a sham. The media, however, needs to focus more on this, as New York magazine thankfully has done with this piece.
I urge you to read the article and share it with friends and acquaintances who may incorrectly insist that Trump is "getting stuff done." It's further proof of the endless deceit coming out of the Trump White House.