August 15, 2022

Trump just responded to February’s abysmal jobs report with a delusional rant

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Lies, braggadocio over dubious accomplishments, false accusations against enemies, taking credit for the work of his predecessor — this morning’s tweets from President Trump had all the ingredients to be considered a near perfect example of the president’s defensive posturing against the storm of controversy and corruption surrounding his administration.


Trump apparently felt that the best way to respond to the events of the week — a week where his overruling of intelligence agencies recommendations to deny security clearances to his daughter and son-in-law was revealed, New York State regulators subpoenaed the Trump Organization’s insurance broker, North Korea restarted its nuclear missile program, and a myriad of other damning events took place — was to attack and distract.

The attack was aimed at his usual shibboleth — the media — which he described in his typically hyperbolic and histrionic manner as “the most hostile and corrupt media in the history of American politics,” implying that his supposed accomplishments were achieved in some sort of battle with the press reporting on his administration’s actions.

Trump likely considers the media “hostile and corrupt” because it continues to perform its role in pointing out the truth behind Trump’s exaggerations and lies — lies like the ones contained in his tweet’s first sentence.

For the record, there is no indication in reality that the current state of American political media is any more unfriendly to Trump than it has been to other presidents, and, in fact, he has an entire cable news network dedicated to praising his every word, something that no other president has ever benefited from.

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Trump’s claim that “the Trump Administration has accomplished more in its first two years than any other Administration” is such a blatantly false boast that it garnered a wave of laughter at the UN when he tried to peddle that load of horse manure in a speech before the General Assembly.

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The list of “accomplishments” that the president then proceeds to cite, seems more like an outline of issues that any eventual Democratic opponent for the presidency (assuming that Trump evades indictment and/or impeachment long enough to run again) can utilize as a cudgel to bash Trump with during the campaign.

It’s obvious that the achievements that Trump is crowing over are aimed at his extremely limited base who actually believe that packing the courts with Heritage Foundation-approved right-wing ideologues is a positive step and that redistributing wealth upwards to the richest Americans and corporations through a record tax cut at the expense of the rest of the country is sound economic and social policy.

Regulation cuts that harm the environment of a planet already in crisis and the privatization of essential veterans’ health care so that more money can be siphoned from taxpayers into the pockets of the rich owners of medical service providers are more worthy of congressional investigations for corruption than of bragging rights.

The attempt to take credit for the economy which Trump inherited from the Obama administration that rescued it from the enormous blunders of the Bush economic collapse is laughable for anyone who is paying attention, particularly in a week when the weakest jobs report in ages was released.

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Trump tried to spin attention away from the sudden drop in new jobs created by tweeting about the record number of people employed, ignoring the fact that as the population grows, so too does the number of people who are working, and that the more important metric of GDP growth is predicted to only hit a miserly 0.5% this quarter,

Trump’s attempts at distraction through the artificial positive spin of his tweets is a typical tactic for the president to draw attention away from the immense scandals and failures of his presidency. They don’t fool anyone except his true believers — people who rely on faith over facts to interpret their reality.

In other words, these were near perfect examples of classic Trump tweets. The only things missing were the accusation of a “witch hunt” and the cries of “no collusion.”

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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