Yesterday, The Washington Post’s, Philip Bump wrote about a “typical” 3 hours in the Trump administration. From threats to reporters by DJT’s “security” (remember that guy who punched a protester in the face? Yeah, that guy) to Spicer making a joke about Trump’s past lies, the things which occurred yesterday, would have all been lead stories in past administrations. Today’s WTF? is how incidents like these have become so commonplace that they only qualify as a footnote in the day’s news.
Asked about the jobs numbers released Friday and Trump’s past insistence that unemployment data was misleading or phony, Spicer cracked a joke:
“I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly, ‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now,'” Spicer said. (Reuters)
REPORTER: In the past the president has referred to particular job reports as phony or totally fiction. Does the president believe that this jobs report was accurate and a fair way to measure the economy?
SPICER: Yeah. I talked to the president prior to this and he said to quote him very clearly: “They may have been phony in the past but it’s very real now.”
Spicer and reporters in the room laughed.
Trump regularly disparaged official government data during the campaign, but it wasn’t hard to see that his attitudes would change once he entered office. Considering only those economic metrics Trump focused on during the campaign, the economy is in as bad shape as it was under Obama.
Spicer and reporters in the room laughed. The President of the United States has lied to the American public so often, that the White House press secretary made a joke about it, and reporters in the room laughed along with him. We did not go from “28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent,” as Trump told his supporters last February to the 4.7% which was reported this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their metrics haven’t changed, just Trump’s opinion of the information. He constantly smeared the BLS and President Obama throughout his campaign stating the low unemployment rates were fiction, but now that he’s president, suddenly the reporting is accurate? Trump supporters are okay with this lying and lunacy? This isn’t funny. It’s terrifying.