No matter how badly the American people feel about the direction of the country’s policies under Trump become – 56.4 percent of people feel the country is suffering under this presidency – Trump will deflect by insisting that the economy is booming because of him. As the country grows even more outraged over mass shootings, Russian interference in the elections, the divisiveness of the current administration, and income inequality, Trump believes he can wash it all away by reminding the people how much money they’ll make with him in the White House. Unfortunately, he’s not even doing well in that area.
Gun free zones were a special target of Trump’s on Wednesday during a bipartisan meeting of Congress and the president on how to address the massive level of gun violence in the United States. Trump threw out incredibly high numbers regarding the percentage of shootings that happen inside gun free zones, going as high as 98 percent. It’s difficult to understand, then, why Republicans who want voters to believe these numbers insist on gun free zones at their conventions, their NRA meetings, and pretty much everywhere else they go unless one knows how very misleading those numbers are.
Trump’s answer? Forget mass shootings, there’s money coming! With a businessman (with numerous bankruptcies and failed businesses to his credit) in the White House, everything will be okay because Trump is going to make America wealthy again. He’ll start with trade, one of his favorite talking points on the campaign trail and an area in which he consistently derided President Obama.
As it turns out, Trump isn’t doing so well in that area, either.
According to Bloomberg:
‘The trade deficit surged in November to $50.5 billion, the highest monthly level in almost six years, Commerce Department data showed Friday. That brings the cumulative shortfall for last year to $514 billion, which surpasses the $505 billion gap in all of 2016. Trump has vowed to shrink the deficit, blaming the Obama administration for failing to get tough on nations that don’t trade fair.’
Unfortunately for the floundering, bumbling president, Americans care about many issues. The economy is important, and American voters are smart enough to understand that it isn’t doing as well under Trump as he’d like us to believe, but there are other issues of concern. The lives of our children, for example, will never be less important than Trump’s trade policies or that extra $1.50 per week on our paychecks.
Twitter responded with quick reminders to Trump that we will not be distracted. See some of their best comments below:
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