I got back from the podiatrist in time to catch the tail end of the Shrieking Harridans and a news clip of Beeto O’Roflmao saying we need to replace Trump to “get the economy back on track.”
WTF is he talking about? We have the best economy in 50 years, maybe ever. But not if you listen to the Democrats and the media (BIRM).
On Monday, all three network morning shows kept rooting for recession as a way to harm President Trump’s 2020 reelection chances. Hosts and correspondents dismissed the White House “attempting to downplay growing concerns that the U.S. economy could be headed for a recession” while touting Democrats “seizing the moment.”
“Pushing back. President Trump downplays fears the economy is on the slide,” co-host Savannah Guthrie announced at the top of NBC’s Today show. Minutes later, fellow co-host Craig Melvin introduced a report by proclaiming: “President Trump is attempting to downplay growing concerns that the U.S. economy could be headed for a recession.”
Chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson repeated the mantra: “Yeah, a lot of eyes watching to see how Wall Street does this week, but even in the face of some economic warning signs, the President and his top aides are now brushing off fears of a recession down the road.” She continued: “The President projecting positivity after a week on Wall Street that was anything but….He’s downplaying a key indicator that often signals an economic downturn, with the stock market on shaky ground, in part because of the trade war with China.”
Later in the segment, Jackson made it clear where she was getting her talking points from: “The President’s hoping a healthy economy will help him win come Election Day, but some Democrats, hoping to replace him, argue it’s Americans getting hurt by his policies.” A soundbite ran of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg complaining: “He is completely out of touch with the impact it’s going to have on the prices we pay for our goods as a result of a trade war in which both sides will lose.”
Leading off ABC’s Good Morning America, fill-in co-host Cecilia Vega declared: “Also this morning, recession and re-election. President Trump insisting he has no concerns about the economy after that 800-point plunge. As his 2020 opponents fire back, saying the President is terrible for business.”
Teeing up the report minutes later, fellow co-host George Stephanopoulos announced: “We’re going to go to the White House, where President Trump and his economic team are trying to tamp down talk of a possible recession after a volatile week on Wall Street and an escalating trade war with China.”
Correspondent Terry Moran eagerly portrayed the President being on “defense” over the supposed economic warning signs: “And as you know, presidents get the credit when the economy is good, they get the blame when the economy’s bad. And right now, with some signs of economic weakness and the markets growing anxious, President Trump is playing defense.”
The reporter hyped: “For Trump, the political stakes couldn’t be higher. His campaign’s main argument is how well he’s managed the economy.” He then turned to 2020 Democrats who “now sense the President may be vulnerable on his signature issue.” Clips followed of Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg pretending the economy was in recession already. “We have got to replace him in office if we’re going to get this economy back on track,” O’Rourke claimed. Buttigieg asserted: “Pretty much nothing the Trump administration says turns out to be true. So if they’re saying the economy’s in great shape, I would be very, very worried.”
As an afterthought, Moran acknowledged: “Now, it’s important to note there’s still plenty of good news on the economy. It’s still growing, it’s producing jobs, consumers are spending.” Though he still warned: “But politically for President Trump, this is the whole ball game. And so, any clouds on the horizon are worrisome for him and his campaign.”
CBS This Morning was more measured in its coverage, with correspondent Chip Reid pointing out: “The U.S. economy has been a bright spot for Donald Trump’s presidency. He’s overseen a flourishing job market, with a nearly 50-year-low unemployment rate and a generally strong stock market.” However, he then worried: “But last week, the Dow plunged 800 points in one day, the biggest single-day drop of the year, as investors forecast concerns with the global economy. The White House is now working to project calm.”
If the economy is “flourishing,” why would the White House need to “project calm”?
I even heard a talking head say that consumer confidence is down. Well no shit. The news media keeps harping about a recession and, as crazy as it might sound, some people believe them. If they convince enough people that the economy is bad they could actually trigger a recession.
A recession they would blame on Trump.
Yes, the stock market dropped quite a bit last week. But it is still way ahead of where it was when Trump was elected. But according to the Democrats, Obama had a better economy than Trump. They also claim that Trump is not responsible for our economic boom. They claim Obama built that.
Anyhoo, happy Monday. My ass hurts because the podiatrist gave me a shot of some antibiotic. Okay, he didn’t give me the shot, his nurse did. His male nurse. At least I didn’t have to drop trou for the cute female nurse.