And, as if by magic, good economic news is no longer fake news

Back when Obama was our president, Donald Trump would greet positive job growth reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics with skepticism…. Actually, it was more than just skepticism. He said that they were fake numbers. “Don’t believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment,” Trump said in February 2016, when asked about a report detailing job growth under the Obama administration. He went on to say, “The number’s probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent.”

Now that he’s President, though, he’s a little less anxious to call such positive economic reports “phony.”

Yesterday, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 235,000 new jobs had been added to the U.S. economy over the past month, Trump, through While House press secretary Sean Spicer, said that it was now safe to trust these numbers.

“I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly, ‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now,'” Spicer said with a chuckle.

And the White House press corp, for what it’s worth, laughed right along with him.

This might seem like a trivial thing. I mean, most of us already know that Trump is a liar. But, Jesus Christ, this gets under my skin, this kind of winking acknowledgement of the fact that, ‘Yeah, everything he says is bullshit intended to manipulate the suckers in the Make America Great Again hats, but we know that it’s just a game, right?’ So, yeah, let’s share a big, hearty laugh about it now. We’re all in on the joke, right? The whole thing just infuriates me, and the fact that the press corp laughed along just makes it that much worse.

I mean, I knew that Trump was never going to “drain the swamp,” and that he didn’t really give a damn about Hillary Clinton using a private email server. I knew that his whole administration was built on a foundation of deceit. I wouldn’t say that I was alright with it, but it made sense to me. This, though, seems different to me. I didn’t think it was possible, but this is even more insidious. They aren’t just lying, but they’re simultaneously lying and laughing about it. They’re acknowledging that it’s all bullshit. And they know there’s not a damned thing that we can do about it. We’re so far down the alternative fact rabbit hole, we don’t even know which way is up anymore. All we can do, I guess, is laugh right along with them.

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  1. Lynne
    Posted March 11, 2017 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    yeah, it bugs me too. Talk about “party over country”. Ugh. They will ride his populism as long as a large number of voters are willing to overlook what is obvious BS to most people.

  2. Jcp2
    Posted March 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s not most people. Otherwise we would have a different president.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted March 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    He lost the popular vote, Jcp2.

  4. Jcp2
    Posted March 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Most implies at lot more than half, as it was used. It’s a narrow split either way.

  5. Brian Bruxvoort
    Posted March 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s funny because it’s true that the truth no longer matters.

  6. Tommy
    Posted March 14, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    If that bugged you, just wait till you read this.

    “Ivanka Trump was importing 50 tonnes of Chinese clothing as her father was saying ‘buy American’ ….Customs bills reportedly show Trump’s daughter’s company had 53.5 of tonnes of Chinese goods steaming towards American ports during inauguration speech”

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