It’s easy to tell what the president’s mood is by the tone of his tweets, and there are always tweets to read. On Thursday night, Trump taunted Twitter, practically begging for another fact-check. He typed all-caps phrases with no context. And as always, he hung his 2020 campaign on jobs numbers that economists say don’t tell us much at the moment.
In other words, Trump is angry and desperate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2020
Trump has already been fact-checked once by Twitter for posting misleading information about mail-in ballots, which the social media company promised not to allow from any account during the “fake news” hearings in 2016. The fact-check prompted a whole conspiracy theory by the right that they suffer from censoring due to their conservative beliefs. In truth, Trump broke the user agreement for Twitter and suffered the same consequences as anyone else would.
Trump’s desperate hopes that the COVID-19 virus will just “disappear” and the economy will boom, allowing him to stick to his one “accomplishment” are not coming true, but a positive jobs report for June had him bragging to followers. Trump may, however, be speaking too soon.
The Brookings Institute warns that:
‘We shouldn’t extrapolate from these trends because some states have scaled back their reopening because of the uptick in coronvavirus cases. It’s unclear what the state of the job market is right now or what we’ll see when the BLS releases its snapshot of the job market for mid-July.’
Trump touted the same kind of progress during the release of the May jobs reports, which analysts say were skewed because people out of work due to COVID may still be unemployed, but their responses were categorized as employed falsely.
Twitter is over Trump’s bragging and rantings. Read some of their comments below:
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