Look, I know this is a world where facts no longer matter, and I’m sure this will fall of largely deaf ears among Trump’s base, but I just want to highlight a few things he said today in Missouri, because he is bold-face lying on national television.
On the way to touting this morning’s GDP revision which showed the U.S. economy grew at 3% in Q2, Trump said the following:
There are (at least) two demonstrable lies in there.
For one thing, what the hell is he talking about when he says we never hit 3% during the previous administration? He even says “as you know.”
Actually no, we don’t “know” – probably because it isn’t fucking true. Look:
And he kinda tries to hedge a little bit by saying “on a yearly basis” but it’s not at all clear that he understands what he’s saying.
But before he even gets to that, he recreates a conversation he most assuredly did not have with leaders of unspecified “other countries”:
Trump: You look at other countries and they’re unhappy when their GDP is 7, 8, 9. And I speak to them, leaders of other countries: ‘how are you doing?’
Imaginary other countries: ‘Not well, Not well.’
Imaginary other countries: ‘GDP is 7%.’
Ok, so which countries would those be? According to the IMF, they would be:
- Cote D’Ivoire
Now what do you think the chances are that Donald Trump has talked to the leaders of those countries and asked them how they feel about their GDP?
Let me help: the chances are zero.
So you know, just be advised that this is a man who is peddling lies on a daily basis and Wednesday was no exception.