We all know that President Trump is perhaps the most prolific liar in the history of American politics -- perhaps in the history of pop culture, as well. Concurrently, he's also the worst liar in the history of politics, routinely blurting lies that he ends up contradicting either within the same sentence or just seconds later. Everyone, including his most loyal disciples know he's lying.
And yet he keeps doing it, chiefly because it's what he's always done. His various business and licensing endeavors, before he was a candidate, were almost entirely based on lies. The pair of Trump branded items I often return to are, of course, Trump University and Trump Steaks. The former is now and forever linked to fraud, reinforced by a $25 million settlement paid by Trump to victims of his college scam. Trump's lie was so colossal, it cost him tens of millions of dollars. The latter, Trump Steaks, was pitched as "the world's greatest steaks and I mean that in every sense of the word." Seriously, how great can steaks be when they're sold in Sharper Image stores -- one of Trump's alleged "favorite stores." Yeah, right. The steaks were predictably awful and no one bought them, so they were discontinued.
Today, however, we're living in a bizarre era in American history when the president always tells the truth even though he doesn't, and the objective truth is being systematically besmirched as "fake news." Again, 68 percent of Trump supporters know he's lying and simply don't care. Half of those supporters think he's lying with "good intent." Furthermore, when Trump's lies drive Democrats, progressives and "Never Trump" Republicans crazy, even better. In that case, the lies are totally worth the trolling, especially when the lies make the previous president as well as Trump's opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, look bad.
You might've noticed how Trump is falsely taking credit for the current status of the economy. Fox News is helping him to ballyhoo the fact that a million jobs have been created during his first six months in office. Not surprisingly, the usual suspects are presenting the statistic without any context -- context that would entirely strip the number of significance, unless, of course, they're seeking to also praise job growth under President Obama.
On Monday, the official Twitter account for the Republican National Committee tweeted the following:
The Republican Party is explicitly applauding this "unprecedented" achievement -- in ALL CAPS no less, which means it's extra important. Unfortunately for the GOP, it's a whopper lie -- a lie of Trump-like magnitude.
There's, in fact, nothing "unprecedented" about it. Under Obama, there were 2.998 million jobs created in 2014, 2.713 million jobs created in 2015, and 2.24 million jobs created in 2016. In other words, there were more than a million new jobs created every six months throughout at least the last three full years of the Obama presidency. Indeed, the last time there were fewer than two million jobs created in a single year (more than a million every six months), was 2010 with the Great Recession still holding back job growth.
Likewise, unemployment has declined from more than 10 percent to around 4.5 percent throughout the Obama years -- a trend that's continuing now. Chart:
Adding insult to injury, the actual article cited in the @GOP tweet makes it entirely clear that current job growth is merely a continuation of the Obama-era trend. This is likely the reason why the Republicans didn't include a link to the actual article. It'd probably make a few heads explode.
With July’s jobs report, employers have added a total of 1,074,000 jobs during Trump’s first six full months in office.
That essentially matches the 1,084,000 jobs created during President Barack Obama’s last six months in office. Both round to 1.1 million, and the 10,000 difference is well within the margin of error of the Labor Department estimate. [...]
By contrast, Obama handed Trump an economy that was close to what economists consider full employment. The unemployment rate on Inauguration Day was 4.8%, and it has fallen since then, to 4.3% in July.
Oh, and you might've noticed that this article was published by "fraud news CNN."
Again, for a group of criminals and thieves who can't stop lying, they're just terrible at it. Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. The lies don't fool Normals, so the truth about the economy and myriad other issues is still intact. While most of Trump's die hard followers know he's lying, they seem to adore this particular lie because it vindicates their support for the worst president in American history. Only, it doesn't vindicate Trump because it's all bullshit. There's nothing special or unprecedented about Trump's economic record so far. Why? Because it's still Obama's economic record. Check back in a year and see what the Trump-era destabilization has done. In fact, you can start here. (Special thanks to Gary Massey.)