The Lies of Donald Trump: Employment

Would you buy a used car from this man?

Would you buy a used car from this man?

The President claimed that his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever. The lie was demonstrably false.

The President claimed he lost the general election because millions of votes were cast illegally. There isn’t a shred of evidence to support the claim.

The President has insisted, with no evidence, that his predecessor tapped his phones.

President Trump has also lied about immigration, the national debt, the homicide rate and the crime rate in sanctuary cities. The President of the United States is an Old Faithful of lies. You can count on him to regularly blow off a new set of falsehoods. A geyser of lies. Sorry. “Alternative facts.”

WC, as readers may know, has exceedingly low expectations for the truth from politicians, But Donald Trump sets lower standards for himself every day.

The latest lie: During the Obama Administration’s second term, the U.S. economy added 10.3 million jobs during President Obama’s second term, about 214,000 a month. Not spectacular growth, but steady. That job growth brought the official unemployment rate below 5 percent. A number of economist and a number of indicators suggested that by late 2016 we were fairly close to full employment. But the Trumpster campaigned, insisting that the job growth was “phony,” that America was actually suffering from massive unemployment. It was a lie, but it helped get him elected.

Now, as President, The Donald has just received the first employment report of his administration. There were 235,000 jobs added. It looks like very much like a continuation of the previous trend. It is a continuation of the previous trend. But Trump has taken credit for it. But wait, those numbers were “a lie” during the campaign.  No longer! Mirabile dictu! Job numbers, press secretary Sean Spicer declared, “may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.”

Don’t laugh. It isn’t funny. It isn’t a joke. Our country is now governed by a president and party that reject the idea that there are objective facts. They reject the idea that they should be held accountable for what they say. They apparently think that for American voters, truth no longer matters. Instead, the President and his political party want Ameircans to accept that reality is whatever they say it is, that truth is what they say now, not what they said earlier.

We’re just supposed to believe.

But that’s just another lie. Our country is built on the certainty that there are objective truths. It’s in the Declaration of Independence.