Donald Trump keeps talking about a recession.
As noted here on Thursday evening, the word “recession” is suddenly on everyone’s lips, and that’s in no small part due to the president’s tweets and comments to the media.
He is not doing his reelection chances any favors by talking and tweeting about an economic downturn and preemptively assigning blame for a calamity that hasn’t happened yet, but he’s inclined to do it anyway, which just stokes more consternation among the electorate.
“The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well”, Trump reminded America on Friday morning, both statements which, by virtue of being almost self-evident given the lingering effects of the tax cuts at home and the drag from the trade war abroad, need not be repeated.
Then, he reiterated his contention that the media and Democrats are engaged in a conspiracy to undermine the economy.
“Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession”, Trump sighed, before again contending that everyone is willing to risk life and financial limb if it means dethroning America’s first king.
“They are willing to lose their wealth, or a big part of it, just for the possibility of winning the Election”, the president claimed.
Thankfully, he’s on the job. “But it won’t work because I always find a way to win, especially for the people!”, Trump shouted.
He then called the MAGA wave “The greatest political movement in the history of our Country”.
Trump has now ensured that the word “recession” will feature in the headlines of dozens of media stories on Friday and he’ll angrily cite those stories as proof of a conspiracy in a self-feeding insanity loop.
The irony is, the president clearly understands that the media feeds on his tweets. He habitually claims The New York Times “and many others” will be “out of business” once he’s out of office. Yet somehow, he cannot connect the dots between that and the following chart which shows the number of stories featuring the word “recession” spiking to the highest since the eurozone debt crisis.