Trump is having fun with numbers again:
President Donald Trump claimed credit Tuesday for the creation of more than 600,000 jobs since he entered office, a figure tens of thousands — if not hundreds of thousands — off his administration’s true job creation totals.
“You see what’s going on. You see the numbers,” Trump continued. “We’ve created over 600,000 jobs already in a very short period of time, and it’s gonna really start catching on now because some of the things that we’ve done are big league, and they are catching on. Already, we’ve created more than almost 600,000 jobs.”
According to Labor Department data, the U.S. economy added a combined 317,000 jobs in February and March, the first full months Trump’s presidency. About 98,000 of those jobs were added last month.
One reason why it’s crucial to actually read the things Trump says is because they make no sense on paper, whereas it’s a lot easier to delude yourself into thinking he’s at least communicating half a thought if you only listen. So what, exactly, does it mean to create “more than almost 600,000 jobs”? Wouldn’t that just be 600,000 jobs or more?
Trump’s never been good at math. He also claimed that he actually won the popular vote—you just have to exclude 3 million votes from California, which he claims were cast by illegal immigrants. And he apparently “heard” that the Obama administration was about to allow 200,000 Syrian immigrants into the US, when the real plan was to allow 185,000 total refugees from all countries in over the next two fiscal years. And there was also that time he ordered Sean Spicer to destroy his credibility in his first-ever press conference by claiming Trump had the largest inauguration crowd ever, period.
Anyway, even if he were somehow responsible for that job growth, it still doesn’t put a dent in what he claims is a 42% unemployment rate. But since unemployment is more realistically hovering around 5% (a little less than that, really, at 4.7%), won’t Trump look foolish if job growth slows a bit as it did from February to March—a drop from 219,000 to 98,000? That’s a 45% decline in a single month!
Start creating real job growth, you lazy shit!