I’m fully aware that we’re now basically living under a dictatorship where, for millions of people, actual reality has been replaced by “alternative facts,” but I absolutely refuse to treat any of this as normal. Just because Donald Trump and his dumpster fire of an administration seem to think this circus they’re running is acceptable doesn’t mean I have to sit by quietly while they make our country look like an absolute joke.
For instance, on Friday when they comically tried to take credit for January’s jobs report showing the country added 227,000 new jobs.
“Today’s report reflects the consumer confidence that the Trump presidency has inspired,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. “According to a recent Gallup poll, economic confidence is at a new high, and ADP showed strong private-sector hiring. President Trump campaigned on putting Americans to work again. Even before he took office, the markets knew he’d deliver on that promise. The president has already taken significant steps to turn our economy around, and he’s looking forward to ensuring that every American that wants a job has the opportunity to find one.”
Before moving on, I feel I must point out a simple reality; Trump didn’t get sworn in until the 20th, which means he wasn’t in office for three-fourths of last month. So, no, he doesn’t get to take credit for the jobs report during a month where he wasn’t even in office for most of it.
And I would also like to point out how, frequently, Trump called these jobs reports “fake” (shocking, I know) when Obama was in office.
January 2017 marks the 76th straight month of private sector job growth. For those who don’t want to do the math — that’s over six straight years. It’s absurd to act as if January’s numbers have anything to do with Trump, but that’s how naive he knows his supporters are.
Then I would like to point out that this idea that these numbers are a reflection of the “confidence Trump’s inspired” doesn’t make any sense considering December’s report — the first month after he was elected — was actually below estimates. Meaning that, if Trump’s election “inspired confidence,” December’s numbers should have been better than expected, yet they weren’t.
The reality is that these numbers are nothing more than a continuation of what we saw building during Obama’s administration.
In 2014, we saw the best year for jobs since 1999. We created 2 million jobs in 2016. Stocks broke multiple records during Obama’s time in office, and unemployment has reached lows not seen since before the crash.
But this is the world in which Trump and those who support him live. One where the rules literally seem to change to benefit him whenever they decide they do. Where a jobs report that’s clearly a continuation of the 75 others before it — and the same economy Trump trashed for years — is now “positive” and a result of his election.
This is embarrassing.
Not so much because Trump is pathetic enough to try take credit for something he had nothing to do with — he does that quite often — but that there are tens of millions of people gullible enough to actually believe this.
This is just another day in the “alternative facts reality” of the Trump administration. Where jobs numbers he used to call “fake” are now positive and a direct result of his election — even though they’re obviously nothing more than a continuation of the record-setting 75 months of Obama’s success.