Upon landing in California for the first time as president, Trump did not hesitate to lambast its leader, Governor Jerry Brown, claiming that he has “done a very poor job running the state.”
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) March 13, 2018
California’s Lieutenant Governor and front runner to succeed term-limited Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, wasted no time combating Trump’s baseless accusations.
"Very poor job running" the state:
– 6th largest economy in the world.
– Continually outpaces the U.S. in job growth.
– Turned a 2010 deficit into a record surplus.
– Leads the national economy from personal income to high-wage jobs and more. https://t.co/hF1wufJ9L0
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 13, 2018
In reality, Jerry Brown and his leadership leave behind an impressive $6.1 billion budget surplus in California, which is all the more impressive considering his predecessor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, left office with a $27 billion budget deficit. Per The Wall Street Journal, “In 2012, [Jerry Brown] staked his governorship on a tax increase that voters approved that year and reauthorized in 2016.”
Meanwhile, Trump has been touting his only legislative accomplishment, a tax bill that would ultimately raise deficits by $1.5 trillion at the expense of the middle class. In terms of “jobs, jobs, jobs” – of which Trump frequently claims himself a hero – 2017 was the worst year for job creation since 2011 as Barack Obama was pulling the United States out of a recession.
The fact that Trump thinks one of the healthiest economies not only in the United States, but the world, constitutes a “very poor job” should give pause to anyone contemplating his already clouded judgment.