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Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ brazenly false attempt to say Trump isn’t racist completely backfired spectacularly

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Faced with the impossible task of defending President Donald Trump from the latest firestorm over his racist comments, Sarah Sanders decided to argue instead that people were missing the big picture. According to her, Trump’s policies have been better for African-Americans than they were under the first African-American president.

“This president since he took office, in the year and a half that he’s been here has created 700,000 new jobs for African-Americans. That’s 700,000 African-Americans that are working now that weren’t working when this president took place,” she said to reporters. “When President Obama left, after eight years in office, he had only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans.”

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Only one problem: this is a lie.

According to Bloomberg’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “While the U.S. economy has added about 700,000 jobs held by black workers since Trump took office, it added about 3 million while Obama was in office.”

Indeed, this claim was so false that Sanders was forced to issue a correction:

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Job growth for everyone, including African-Americans, has been somewhat faster in the first two years of Trump’s presidency than the first two years of Obama’s, but that is because Obama spent his early presidency digging the U.S. economy out of a severe recession. The economy he presided over is the same one that has allowed Trump to enjoy steady job growth.

Not only has Trump done little to effect positive job growth for African-American workers personally, but many of his policies are hurting the economy as a whole, from job-killing tariffs to a tax scam for billionaires that is causing stock buybacks to explode while wages stagnate. In many cases, his policies actively stand to threaten black workers’ long-term access to high-wage jobs, including harsh actions against labor unions and attempts to deregulate race in college admissions.

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Trump declares himself the ‘greatest of all presidents’ in manic tweetstorm attacking Pelosi and Democrats

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Donald Trump broke out of his Twitter hibernation on Saturday afternoon just before flying off to Florida for a pair of fundraisers, and used the opportunity to declare himself the "greatest of all presidents."

Attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for not passing his signature trade bill, Trump then went after Democrats for trying to impeach him -- saying they were making a big mistake.

On Twitter, the president wrote: ""Hard to believe, but if Nancy Pelosi had put our great Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada, USMCA, up for a vote long ago, our economy would be even better. If she doesn’t move quickly, it will collapse!"

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Donald Trump sounds like a complete lunatic because he’s isolated himself in a far-right media bubble

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

If you have an older relative who spends way too much time stewing in the conservative media, you may have experienced a moment when you not only disagreed with him, but you realized that you had no earthly clue what he was going on about. Perhaps it was when he started talking about the UN plot to eliminate golf courses and replace paved roads with bicycle paths. Maybe he stopped you in your tracks with a discourse on why flies were attracted to Barack Obama, or complained about the government insisting on referring to Christians as "Easter-worshippers" or expressed outrage over 9/11 hijackers being given leniency by Muslim jurists.

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Trump’s claim impeachment ‘nullifies’ 2016 election blown up in new House Judiciary Committee report

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On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released their report outlining the offenses committed by President Donald Trump, and the legal framework for impeachment — which clears the way for Congress to write and approve articles of impeachment against him.

One of the key issues examined by the report is the claim, repeatedly made by the president and his supporters, that impeachment would "nullify" the 2016 presidential election and the popular will — which is already a weak claim given that Trump never won the popular vote, and that impeaching Trump would still install Mike Pence as president. But the report more broadly rejects the entire claim that an election result immunizes a president from punishment for official misconduct.

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