WATCH: Donald Trump, Fresh Off Victory, Claims Unemployment Rate Is 42 Percent!


Last night, after he had been declared the winner of the New Hampshire GOP primary, Donald Trump finally got to stand up and do something that had been denied him in Iowa: Give a victory speech. Like most of Trump’s speeches, it was self-serving, arrogant, boring, and filled with lies, half-truths, and moments that made your eyes automatically roll.

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On a side note, was it just me, or did the Donald look more orange than usual? I think that self-tanner or deck stain he uses on his face might be turning him a shade that is not found anywhere else in the color palette.

But once Trump had finished thanking the people of New Hampshire, he moved on to the topic of jobs and the economy, which is almost always the major concern of any voter in an election year. Trump declared:

I am going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever created — remember that.

Why should we remember it? So we can have a good laugh when this monumental asshat loses the general election in a landslide?

Then Trump went from empty promises to some good old-fashioned lying, telling his adoring supporters:

Don’t believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. The number’s probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent. Do you think we’d have gatherings like this if we had 5 percent unemployment? Do you really think we’d have these gatherings?

Your campaign is providing food and drinks, Donald, so yeah, you’d have those gatherings because who doesn’t want to get out of the cold and enjoy a free meal and a few brews?

Trump has told this same tall tale before, and even earned the “Pants on Fire” rating from Poltifact, which also noted:

We asked the Trump campaign for a source of the 42 percent figure, but they didn’t respond. Trump keeps repeating that the unemployment rate may be as high as 42 percent. But getting a percentage that high requires believing that being a high school, college or graduate student, a senior citizen, a stay-at-home parent, a job-training participant, or having a disability is no excuse for not holding down a job, or for working less than 40 hours in a week. The highest alternative unemployment-rate measure we could come up with that had any credibility was 14.8 percent, and even that exaggerated figure is only about one-third of the way to Trump’s 42 percent. We rate his claim Pants on Fire.

Here’s Trump making his wild claims:

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