According to reports from this Friday morning, US employers added 128,000 jobs despite a General Motors strike that dragged down payrolls and the loss of 20,000 temporary census workers. While the news is definitely a boon for President Trump, some experts are wondering why he felt the need to be misleading regarding news that’s good for him.
“Wow, a blowout JOBS number just out, adjusted for revisions and the General Motors strike, 303,000,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “This is far greater than expectations. USA ROCKS!”
Wow, a blowout JOBS number just out, adjusted for revisions and the General Motors strike, 303,000. This is far greater than expectations. USA ROCKS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2019
In his tweet, Trump inexplicably inflated the job numbers by 175,000. Almost immediately, people weighed in wondering where he got the number from.
Where is this 303,000 figure coming from? Am I missing something in the report? https://t.co/rpzwNdecYv
— Dustin P. Walsh (@dustinpwalsh) November 1, 2019
Trump inflates job numbers by more than 100,000. Market Watch: "Employment might have grown by close to 200,000 last month absent the GM strike and the end of 20,000 temporary Census jobs." https://t.co/rNOX2XZHoF https://t.co/9Bm8zORWnT
— Jonathan Landay (@JonathanLanday) November 1, 2019
Here’s the rundown. The revisions cover August and September, so do not count as jobs added in October, and you can’t just remove the drag from Census jobs unless you remove the adding of those jobs from previous reports.https://t.co/DeAORYXcAv
— Victoria Guida (@vtg2) November 1, 2019
Here's how Larry Kudlow explains the math behind Trump's "303,000" jobs claim.
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) November 1, 2019
I mean I can see adding back the GM numbers. You don't add back the prior month revisions to the current month. And even if you did you don't get to 303,000.
— Steve Goldstein (@MKTWgoldstein) November 1, 2019
Trump Univerity Economics 101.
— Tяumps New Boss (@TrumpsNewBoss) November 1, 2019
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America is on pace for record-shattering early voter turnout — including in critical states: report
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that voters are casting early ballots in numbers on track to set a historic record — including in some critical battleground states.
"Early-voting counts suggest a record level of civic participation before Election Day. The tens of millions of ballots already cast show highly enthusiastic voters are making sure their votes are counted amid a pandemic," said the report.
15.8 million people in battleground states have already voted, and in some states, like Michigan and Wisconsin, more people have voted early so far than did in the entire early voting period of 2016. In North Carolina, meanwhile, 2 million ballots have been cast — more than double the same amount at this point in 2016.
Pro-Trump activist who claims he’s from the future will represent himself against federal charges for stealing NFL brain scans
On Tuesday, The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reported that Austin Steinbart — a QAnon activist controversial even within the pro-Trump conspiracy world — plans to act as his own attorney in an upcoming federal criminal case.
Some QAnon news: QAnon figure Austin Steinbart, who goes by the alias "Baby Q" and has claimed to be the leader of QAnon visiting from the future via time travel, just filed to act as his own attorney in a federal felony case. What could go wrong?
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 20, 2020
‘Whiny orange baby’ Trump mocked for his panicked threat to scoop CBS on his own interview meltdown
On Tuesday, following reports that President Donald Trump stormed out of a "60 Minutes" interview with Lesley Stahl for an unknown reason, the president tweeted that he is considering releasing footage ahead of CBS, to prevent reporters from spinning the "FAKE and BIASED" interview.
Commenters on social media laughed at the president for telegraphing his apparent fear over the content of the exchange.
Lay off the drugs man.