CNN mocks Trump touting numbers he called ‘phony’ and ‘near depression’ 19 times before
President Donald Trump spent his candidacy bashing employment numbers 19 times. Tuesday, morning, however, he’s decided those numbers are perfect representations of America’s greatness under his leadership.
“Dow hit a new intraday all-time high! I wonder whether or not the Fake News Media will so report?” Trump said in his morning Twitterstorm.
The media isn’t discounting the numbers, merely his abrupt decision to trust them.
“It’s fascinating because candidate Trump took numbers just like this and didn’t believe them and said the United States was in a near depression,” recalled chief business correspondent Christine Romans. “President Trump looks at these numbers and celebrates them and even takes credit for them.”
Romans walked through the raw numbers explaining updated numbers show 600,000 new jobs have been created in the first five months of the year. It’s on par with what was created under President Barack Obama, but it has slowed a little. As Trump continues to promise deregulation, the markets also continue to go up.
“The president has made a big push about getting the automakers to make cars in the U.S., and we’re seeing kind of just as we’re seeing the president come into office, just coincidentally you’re coming to the very kind of peak of what we’ve seen,” she continued. “Auto sales seem to be peaking here and six months in a row now of auto sales falling which is something really closely watched here because car sales are a big important part of the U.S. manufacturing base and after gangbuster few years, now you’re starting to see that slow.”
As the Washington Post captured following the campaign, the 19 times stretched from 2012 until one month after his election in 2016.
Watch the full video exchange below.
Sep. 7, 2012
“Unemployment rate only dropped because more people are out of labor force & have stopped looking for work. Not a real recovery, phony numbers”
Oct. 19, 2012
“7.8 [percent] unemployment number is a complete fraud as evidenced by the jobless claims number released yesterday. Real unemployment is at least 15 [percent]”
Aug. 11, 2013
“We can rev up this economy like it should be, not with false numbers like 7.4 percent unemployment. But with real numbers.”
May 31, 2014
“Unemployment is a totally phony number.”
June 16, 2015
“Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it.”
Aug. 11, 2015
“Then you hear there’s a 5.4 percent unemployment. It’s really — if you add it up, it’s probably 40 percent if you think about it.”
Aug. 30, 2015
“They show those phony statistics where we are 5.4 percent unemployment. The real number, I saw a number that could be 42 percent, believe it or not.”
Sept. 28, 2015
“I hear 5.3 percent unemployment, that is the biggest joke there is in this country. That number is so false.”
Sept. 29, 2015
“The number is not reflective. I have seen numbers of 24 percent. I saw a number of 42 percent unemployment. … That number is so false.”
Oct. 9, 2015
“They say 5.3 percent employment. The number is probably 32 percent.”
Oct. 11, 2015
“Nobody has jobs. … It is not a real economy. It is a phony set of numbers. They cooked the books.”
Jan. 17, 2016
“Look again, you hear these phony jobs numbers? People that gave up looking for jobs? They are considered employed.”
Feb. 9, 2016
“Don’t believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. As high as 35 — as in fact, I heard recently, 42 percent.”
March 12, 2016
“The numbers are phony. These are all phony numbers. Numbers given to politicians to look good. These are phony numbers.”
May 24, 2016
“You hear a 5 percent unemployment rate. It’s such a phony number. That number was put in for presidents and for politicians so that they look good to the people.”
July 7, 2016
“The phony 5 percent numbers that we hear about with the unemployment.”
Aug. 8, 2016
“The 5 percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in modern politics.”
Nov. 4, 2016
“The terrible jobs report that just came out … you can see phony numbers, 5 percent.”
Dec. 8, 2016
“The unemployment number, as you know, is totally fiction.”
Watch the video below: