During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump said the jobless rate was approximately 42%.
Today, in the first report under the Trump administration, the Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate is 4.7%.
That’s a h-u-u-u-g-e drop. So, I’m sure we can expect to hear lots of crowing about this number by Trump and his surrogates. Because there’s no doubt that the administration accepts and embraces this number as proof that Trump is “making America great again,” right?
Of course, if you’re one of those pesky folks who operate in a world of facts and reality, allow me to point out that when Trump was saying the unemployment rate was 42%, Obama‘s Department of Labor was saying it was more like 5%.
But when Trump does start using the current unemployment figure as proof that he’s doing a “wonderful job, a terrific job, believe me,” no one will be surprised. Never mind that it’s a number compiled by the same agency who he said understated unemployment by more than 35 percentage points just a year ago. When asked to explain, his surrogates will tap dance and obfuscate and start their sentences with, “Well, I think what the President meant was . . .” and reporters will just let it slide.
And we will instead focus on whether President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump’s phones.