Trump Embarrasses Himself & GOP During Deranged Thursday Press Conference

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On Thursday, the federal government released jobs numbers for June, revealing that the unemployment rate had sunk to 11.1 percent following somewhat higher numbers amidst the original peaks of the Coronavirus pandemic, which forced closures across the economy. Now, the economy is stumbling yet again as Coronavirus cases balloon across the country to new record totals — but at a Thursday press conference held to celebrate the still incredibly dismal jobs numbers, President Donald Trump did not effectively acknowledge these lingering issues. He offered a glib, self-congratulatory assessment of the situation that was flatly disconnected from reality.

For starters — he praised the unemployment situation, although according to the numbers out of the federal government itself, more than one in ten members of the entire labor force remain jobless. It’s still bad.

He commented:

‘The unemployment rate fell by more than two percentage points, down to just about 11 percent. We’re down to the 11 percent number. We started at a number very much higher than that, and as you know, we broke the record last month, and we broke it again this month in an even bigger way.’

Records for economic spikes mean little when the beginning point is staggeringly dismal. Tens of millions of people filed unemployment claims amidst the original bulk of the pandemic — it takes a lot more than a drop of a few percentage points in the unemployment rate to get the nation recovered. Considering the lasting issues, economist Paul Krugman insisted the latest jobs report “will be a monument to delusion, not an indicator of success,” since, as he added, “reopening brought a substantial bounce in jobs, but also a surge in Covid-19 cases, which already appears to have stalled recovery.”

Trump is ignoring the fact that just this week, the U.S. broke its record for the most cases reported in a single day yet again. Thursday, he commented:

‘We are… getting under control. Some areas were very hard hit, [and] are now doing very well. Some were doing very well, and we thought they may be gone, and they flare up, and we’re putting out the fires. But other places were long before us, and they’re now — it’s a life, it’s got a life, and we’re putting out that life, because that’s a bad life that we’re talking about.’