Trump Once Again Looks Foolish After Another Blatant Lie About Jobs

Whether most of the people reading this like it or not, we’re now living in a world where our next president doesn’t believe he’s bound by the laws of reality when it comes to most of the things he says. There’s “normal” lying where someone twists or cherry picks the facts to claim something that isn’t exactly true — then there’s the way Trump lies. He literally makes things up because he’s well aware of the fact that the people supporting him are gullible enough to believe anything that he says.

A great example of this came on Wednesday when — yet again — Trump was busted trying to brag about creating jobs that he had absolutely nothing to do with.

“Because of what’s happening and the spirit and the hope I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they’re going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States,” Trump said.

After reports began to circulate with people calling him out for the fact that these jobs had already been announced, Trump doubled-down on his lie.

“I just spoke with the head person. He said because of me they’re doing 5,000 jobs in this country,” he told reporters.

Keep in mind that this is also a man who said that the NFL personally sent him a letter complaining about the schedule of the presidential debates that the league quickly denied ever sending, as well as trying to take credit for “saving” jobs at Ford which the company had never once said they were going to outsource in the first place.

Though as Engadget’s Timothy J. Seppala found out, these jobs were part of a deal made before the election:

Here’s the problem: Despite what Trump and the press release from Sprint said (and what its CEO recently tweeted), these jobs were part of a previous announcement from Softbank (Sprint’s parent company) CEO Masayoshi Son — not the direct result of working with Trump.

In mid-October, Softbank announced that the company was sinking $100 billion into a tech-investment fund.

After reaching out to Sprint, Seppala finally got a spokesperson to confirm that these jobs are part of a deal that Donald Trump had nothing to do with.

I tagged Sprint in a tweet about the situation, and it wasn’t until after that started getting retweeted that the spokesperson responded.

“This is part of the 50,000 jobs that Masa previously announced,” she said. “This total will be a combination of newly created jobs and bringing some existing jobs back to the U.S.”

As Seppala pointed out, Sprint initially went along with Trump’s lie — only later admitting that these jobs were planned before he was elected.

See, this is the big problem with what Trump’s been doing. He’s meeting with these companies, supposedly “making deals,” but nobody really knows what’s being promised by Trump to these businesses. Obviously, this creates an environment where the heads of these companies might be more inclined to lie about why they’re doing something to make Trump look better based on whatever secretive deal he made with them. After all, wouldn’t that be in their best interests? Promise to support a president’s lie to make him look good and, in turn, he works out some sort of “handshake deal” that most Americans will never know about because there’s no record of what was promised — because this was all done privately.

An environment such as that is a breeding ground for corruption. A man soon to have the power of the Oval Office making secret deals with companies that may then lie about why they’re doing something as part of these agreements where Trump benefits, the company benefits, but most Americans get screwed.

That’s why, as president, he’s supposed to push for legislation to get passed by Congress — not go company-by-company making closed-door deals that the American people know nothing about.

If these first few weeks following his November 8th win are any indicator as to what we’re in for over these next four years, the next 48 months are going to be even worse than I had originally feared.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Peter Stretch

    It’s the acceptance of his lying that’s really freaking me out. All that Lying Clinton stuff, and yet he seems immune. God help us, and I’m an atheist!

    • Tyrsca

      He ushered in a new definition of truth unfortunately.

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  • puzzled1

    Question for Mr. Clifton: What are the significance of the numbers: 1, 13, 29, 949, 12, and 68?

    They represent the success rate of progressive politicians in convincing the American electorate over the past eight years:

    1 – Presidency – Lost;
    13 – governorships – Lost;
    29 – state legislatures – Lost;
    949 – seats in state legislatures – Lost;
    12 – US Senate seats – Lost;
    68 – US Congressional seats – Lost.

    The issue is not Trump. The issue is the failed agenda of progressive
    reforms of the democrat (spelling intentional) party.

    The electorate has been speaking. Why won’t you listen?

    Instead, you seem to prefer using a louder bull horn.

    Maybe if you keep doing the same thing over,
    and over and over, things will change.


  • puzzled1

    The issue is NOT Donald Trump.

    The issue is Hillary Rodham Clinton was a flawed, lying candidate.

    Did Hillary Rodham Clinton “do anything?”

    Watch this video and draw your own conclusions:

    Be sure to sit down with a fresh cup of coffee. It covers many areas I had forgotten and quite conveniently how our “drive-by” media has chosen not to not remind us of again.

    Surprise, surprise.

    • elder Signin

      If Hillary did not do anything, how can she be be bad?? You need to quit taking Fox as your only news service.. well that and believing everything Trump tweets.

  • elder Signin

    Trump is a scary person. He believes in conspiracy everywhere and his all knowing abilities with out having to research anything. He is hot then cold about the same topic. Even Trump does not agree with Trump a few days later.

    Just a real scary person.