Never in my life have I seen a politician so blatantly treat his supporters like idiots, while not hiding the fact he’s a con man, yet the folks backing him seem oblivious to this reality. Then again, these are people who seem to have no shame when it comes to ignoring Trump’s massive flaws that they’d never let any other politician (especially a Democrat) get away with.
The release of our most recent jobs report provided another example of the Trump administration admitting he’s a charlatan who treats his supporters like morons.
After the Trump administration tried to take credit for the continuation of President Obama’s historic private-sector job streak, and sub-5% unemployment, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about his boss’s previous stance that these numbers were all “fake” or “phony,” even once suggesting that the unemployment rate was as high as 42 percent.
“I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly, ‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now,'” Spicer said, laughing.
Yeah, I’m sorry, but there’s nothing to laugh about — especially with that quote coming directly from the president.
For years Donald Trump and the Republican Party have lied and fear-mongered about Obama’s economic successes. Donald Trump, himself, went as far as to outrageously say he “inherited a disaster” when he took office. Yet here he is now, trying to take credit for the continuation of a growing economy and record-setting jobs streak he lied about during his campaign in a clear attempt to manipulate his supporters into believing things that weren’t true.
Trump didn’t twist facts and spin those reports to find the “negative” aspects of them — he flat-out lied and pushed unfounded conspiracies about the credibility of the numbers.
As someone who has opposed him since the beginning, this doesn’t shock me. I’ve known all along he’s a pathological liar, a con man, and a mentally unhinged conspiracy theorist. I know he’s the type of person who’ll try to take credit for these numbers now, yet when they turn negative on him, he’ll blame anyone and everyone but himself.
The people who should be enraged by this (but clearly aren’t) are Trump’s supporters.
This statement by Spicer is an admission by Trump that he built a large part of his campaign on a blatant lie concerning the health of our economy. When he called the jobs numbers “fake” or the unemployment rate “phony,” he was just making that up because he knew that’s what they wanted to hear. Furthermore, he knew his supporters were apparently ignorant enough to believe such nonsense — without proof — and they would never question anything he said.
It goes back to a philosophy I have: How blatantly a person lies to someone (or a group of people) is a sign of how intelligent they feel those individuals are.
While I’m sure his supporters will shrug all of this off as a big “who cares” and move on, they should care about this. Especially considering Trump’s gone on record saying that he’s aware his supporters are mindless sheep who’ll support him no matter what he does.
And based upon what I’ve seen from his supporters, he was absolutely right.
Watch Spicer’s comments below via CNN: