Trump went on a vengeance tantrum yesterday. He started by making disparaging comments at the National Prayer Breakfast directed at Nancy Pelosi and Mitt Romney, insulting their beliefs and prayer life while exposing his own unfamiliarity with and ignorance of the core of Christianity. Later at a rambling, blithering press conference, Trump ranted for over an hour at those people he felt harmed by who deserve payback and punishment for offending the Orange King.
When he’s not screaming some version of, “So unfair, so unfair!”, Trump is often lying about the basic facts of his presidency, as he did in droves during his recent State of the Union speech. Since his lies are likely to be the centerpiece of his re-election campaign, we need to understand the truth and be able to rebut his lies on these important issues. Here are some of the biggies:
- Trump claimed that he produced an economic “turnaround” from a failed Obama economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. During the last three years of Obama’s tenure: A) The unemployment rate dropped faster under Obama than Trump. B) Obama had faster job growth than Trump. C) Obama had a higher average GDP than Trump. Trump inherited economic momentum and his only influence was to slow it down.
- Trump claimed the unemployment rate is the lowest in American history. It’s not. It was well below 3% during President Eisenhower’s first term.
- Trump claimed to be presiding over a “blue-collar boom” but in the manufacturing sector this is blatantly false. Trump’s disastrous trade war and stupid tariffs have hurt our manufacturing sector and caused job losses while blue-collar factory workers have seen their real weekly pay declining.
- Trump claimed to be supporting pre-existing condition protections while his administration sues in court to have them stripped from our health care laws.
- Trump claimed that the Tax Scam was the biggest tax cut ever. It wasn’t. The 1981 Reagan tax cut was the biggest as a percent of GDP, followed by Obama tax cuts in 2012 and 2010.
- Trump claimed to have made the USA the number-one producer of oil in the world. But we became number one under Obama, not Trump.
As we head toward the November election, keep in mind that a new study by Capital One shows 77% of Americans feel anxious about their finances. In fact, a shocking 40% of Americans can’t cover a surprise expense of $400. Many people are currently employed, but a large number of those jobs are shaky minimum wage or temporary or non-salary jobs that have no benefits and are not enough, on their own, to sustain a human life. These are the people who are living scared and who will be helped by progressive policies if we can get the message across.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”
Have a great weekend.