President Trump’s incessant and effortless mendacity is a thing of legend at this point, but every so often he utters a lie so outrageous that it sends a shockwave through the blogosphere and leaves viewers stunned with the breathtaking preposterousness of it all.
Today, that lie was the idea that the daughter that he has an extremely uncomfortable obsession with has created “millions of jobs.”
"My daughter's created millions of jobs," Pres. Trump says while speaking to a gathering of governors. "I don't know if anyone knows that, but she's created millions of jobs." https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/EkRBthTTEL
— ABC News (@ABC) February 25, 2019
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On every conceivable level, the idea is absolutely ridiculous. Since becoming a “Senior Adviser to the President,” Ivanka Trump has accomplished…nothing. Ever since abandoning the one major policy idea she wanted to push at the first roadblock (a paid family leave plan with Marco Rubio), Ivanka has remained in the shadows, plotting with her husband Jared Kushner and playing at palace intrigue power struggles against the rest of the jackals on the President’s staff.
It’s true that her “fashion company” did create many jobs in Chinese and Indonesian sweatshops, but seeing as the poor workers were treated to inhumane conditions and forced to work long hours for appallingly little pay, but since she’s shuttered her company over tanking sales, she can’t even claim that as part of her alleged incredible, record-breaking job creation streak.
It appears that the President may have been referring to his executive order last year that created the National Council for the American Worker, which is co-chaired by Ivanka Trump. The NCAW asked over 200 companies to pledge to “committing to expand programs that educate, train, and reskill American workers from high-school age to near-retirement,” which in no way translates to actual jobs created, as pointed out by the fact-checkers at CNN.
No matter how you spin it, this is an insane assertion that it would be comical if it wasn’t such a regular occurrence in the administration of the biggest liar to ever darken the White House halls.