It is difficult to know what history will define as the Trump legacy, but one possibility is Americans’ unfettered access to dishwater.
Throughout his rallies, Trump complained that, “people have to flush their toilet 15 times,” dishwashers, “give you so little water,” and that when he showers, “no water comes out.” This is the kind of chatter that makes many people roll their eyes and start clearing the table to get away from that weird uncle.
But according to Donald, dishwashers were a prime concern. “Women tell me,” Trump began; then he made a pushing gesture with his thumb and completed his sentence with, “again.”
As the Washington Post pointed out, “Almost no one was asking for these choices.” But the Trump administration leapt into action, ridding the US of pesky regulations on dishwashers so that the appliances could once again spew all the water and energy that consumers could handle. To round things out, Trump’s Department of Energy also kicked water and energy regulations for clothes washers and dryers to the curb.
Shower reform proved a little trickier. Instead of a rollback, the administration reinterpreted existing rules so that water flow was regulated per shower head, not per shower stall. As a result, you can have as many shower heads as you want, each delivering up to 2.5 gallons per minute down a single drain.
Kerry Stackpole, executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers International, pointed out that with multiple shower heads in use, supply from a residential hot-water heater wouldn’t last long. “And you’ll feel like you’re drowning,” he said.
But that seems to be what Trump wants. “Because my hair — I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect.” Trump supporters are famous for believing some whoppers. So thinking that thing the president wears on top of his head gets washed in the shower is not a big stretch.
High volume toilet tanks were too big of an ask, though. It looks like Trump will have to leave the White House not with a flush, but with a whimper, still having to hit the handle over and over again. (Frankly, Donald, TMI.)
In the last four years, “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall,” became about forty miles of new barrier paid for by appropriated US military funds. “Repeal and replace Obamacare,” wilted into multiple failures before the Supreme Court after Trump and Grim Reaper McConnell couldn’t manage to do either. “Infrastructure week”…maybe there was a week in which Trump talked about infrastructure?
Trump has not been idle. He’s taken a blow-torch to environmental regulations, international relations, and the democratic process. But in terms of “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” we got dishwater.