February 1, 2023

Washington Post’s fact checking chief just landed an epic burn on Trump over Obama jealousy

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Trump took to Twitter this morning to mock former President Obama by falsely attributing a quote to him. He quoted his predecessor as saying “President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP.” He then bragged that the number is actually 4.2% now. Of course, like almost everything Trump says about Obama, it was untrue.


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In reality, Obama said something much different in 2016 while Trump was on the campaign trail. The “magic wand” comment was about Trump’s general dealmaking and his promise to boost American manufacturing jobs. It had nothing to do with GDP growth.

“Well, how exactly are you going to do that? What exactly are you going to do? There’s no answer to it. He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And, usually, the answer is he doesn’t have an answer,” said Obama.

Now, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler, has taken to Twitter to hit back against Trump’s misinformation. He pointed out that Obama never said what Trump claims he said and also pointed out that GDP growth under Obama was 5% during one economic quarter. In other words, not only is Trump lying, he’s bragging about something that Obama bested.

Kessler made a joke about Obama having a “bigger magic wand,” presumably a double entendre and exactly the kind of jab that drives Trump mad with rage.

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Our current president has built his entire political persona around undermining the legacy of our first black president. He’s deeply insecure over the fact that Obama is an exponentially superior person and president and these numbers are just one of the many things that prove it.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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