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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

In his final remarks as president, Donald Trump tried to take credit for accomplishments of his predecessor and even those to come under President Joe Biden.

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...ECONOMY

TRUMP: "We have the greatest economy in the world." " remarks Wednesday.

TRUMP: "We also built the greatest economy in the history of the world." " address Tuesday.

THE FACTS: No, the numbers show it wasn't the greatest in U.S. history. And he is the first president since Herbert Hoover in the Depression to leave office with fewer jobs than when he started.

Did the U.S. have the most jobs on record before the pandemic? Sure, the population had grown. The 3.5% unemployment rate before the recession was at a half-century low, but the percentage of people working or searching for jobs was still below a 2000 peak.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer looked at Trump's economic growth record. Growth under Trump averaged 2.48% annually before the pandemic, only slightly better than the 2.41% gains achieved during Obama's second term. By contrast, the economic expansion that began in 1982 during Reagan's presidency averaged 4.2% a year.

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TRUMP, on the economy after the pandemic: "It's a rocket ship up." " remarks Wednesday.

THE FACTS: Not so.

There's been no dramatic, V-shaped economic recovery under Trump. Employers cut jobs during his final December in office. But economists say the additional aid approved in December and the prospect of more from Biden could cause the strongest growth this year in more than two decades.

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TRUMP: "We reignited America's job creation and achieved record-low unemployment for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, women " almost everyone." " address Tuesday.

THE FACTS: Not an ignition. Job creation actually slowed in 2017, Trump's first year in office, to about 2 million, compared with nearly 2.5 million in 2016, Obama's last year in office.

The low unemployment rates refer to a pre-pandemic economy that is no more. The pandemic has cost the U.S. economy 10 million jobs and has made Trump the first president since Hoover to oversee a net loss of jobs. The U.S. has about 2.8 million fewer jobs now than when Trump was inaugurated, and lost 140,000 just in December. And the job losses have fallen disproportionately on Black Americans, Hispanics and women. ...


And so the article goes on, documenting his the lies in his farewell speech.

... and on, and on, and on.

Prevaricating to his last hours in office.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-20 03:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The last four years in review:
www.youtube.com

#2 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-01-20 07:36 PM | Reply

Trump grand farewell before boarding AF-1 was a grand flop.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-20 07:59 PM | Reply

Last Trump Job Approval 34%; Average Is Record-Low 41%
news.gallup.com

...As President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House, 34% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president, the worst evaluation of his presidency. His 41% average approval rating throughout his presidency is four points lower than for any of his predecessors in Gallup's polling era. Trump's ratings showed a record 81-percentage-point average gap between Republicans and Democrats -- 11 points wider than the prior record....

There's a graph in the article that shows how fmr Pres Trump's approval rating sank in the waning days of his administration.

Notice the declining trend at the end of fmr Pres Trump's term (having difficulty remembering to type "fmr" for some reason. {sigh})

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-20 08:15 PM | Reply

Let me guess:

1. Outright lie
2. Half-truth
3. Deceptive aversion to question
4. Another outright lie
5. Blames democrats
6. Takes potty break to go bump bump
7. Comes back refreshed and strangely upbeat
8. Brags on himself
9. Gets angry and threatens to leave
10. Leaves, knocking over the interviewer's pencil cup.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-20 11:46 PM | Reply

The number one lie being he's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

It was quite nauseating really. He lied from beginning to end ~ just like he always does.

And his pant legs still looked like they belonged on a double-masted sailing ship.

The crowd was small but he did get his red carpet. There was one small cannon (borrowed from a civil war museum, I think) that set off a few rounds. All in all, attitude wise, it was obvious he wasn't a happy camper. The plots for revenge were already fermenting.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-21 06:00 AM | Reply

" The plots for revenge were already fermenting."

Probably, but now he is not the President so his plots are probably not too frightening. Now Biden's administration has access to all the information left behind by the Trump administration, so, I'm pretty sure that if Trump wants to get revenge he better be careful because Joe Biden now has teeth.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-21 11:25 AM | Reply

Well, it's going to be nice not to have anymore "fact checking" of a President for the next four years, since it's a Democrat in office and all..

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2021-01-21 12:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Well, it's going to be nice not to have anymore "fact checking" of a President for the next four years, since it's a Democrat in office and all..
#8 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Pretty sure all presidents are continuously fact checked

Trump's the only one who was proud to lie.

He relished his "alternative facts," better known as lies. He loved that it was so easy to manipulate his sycophants.

Feel free to keep a tally of Biden's lies.

He's gotta tell one every minute to keep up with Trump.

Considering his inauguration speech was yesterday, he's already fallen behind on lying.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-01-21 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Didn't bother to click or read anything?

What a surprise.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2021-01-21 12:07 PM | Reply

#10 is for #8.

#11 | Posted by YAV at 2021-01-21 12:08 PM | Reply

>>Now Biden's administration has access to all the information left behind by the Trump administration,
#7

Au contraire! The wily orange prevaricator-in-chief had the foresight to tear all his paper documents in half! No trail!

#12 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-01-21 12:15 PM | Reply

Trump's ability to lie with impunity was based on his supporters willingness to get their news from propaganda radio and web sites. Had he had a more curious base he couldn't have got away with lying all the time.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-21 12:26 PM | Reply

Trump grand farewell before boarding AF-1 was a grand flop.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac

The poorly attended event was like an ousted autocrat flying into exile.

#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-21 03:06 PM | Reply

Well, it's going to be nice not to have anymore "fact checking" of a President for the next four years, since it's a Democrat in office and all..

#8 | POSTED BY BOAZ

You DO realize that e.g., Politifact has been fact-checking everybody since 2007, right? They were all over Obama, although he had a lot fewer (Pants-On-Fire) than the average Republican politician (cause they lie more).

#15 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2021-01-21 04:09 PM | Reply

Well, it's going to be nice not to have anymore "fact checking" of a President for the next four years, since it's a Democrat in office and all..
#8 | POSTED BY BOAZ

"Fact checking" is soooo 2016-2020.
"Hair sniffing" is the future America chose!
We're all counting on you to do your part, Patriot Boaz.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-21 04:16 PM | Reply

Presidential fact-check on Trump: 0

#17 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 05:00 AM | Reply

We should be so lucky if this were Trumpy's last lie. Is he dead? No? Then he is still lying.

Maybe we can't hear him but I guaranGodDamnTee he is still lying no matter where he is. If his lips are moving Trumpy is lying or getting ready to lie. It's what a Trumpy do.

Which brings up a new philosophical question to ponder:

If a Trumpy speaks on a golf course and no one can hear him is he still lying?

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-01-22 10:03 AM | Reply

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