President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has long served as an adviser in her father’s presidential administration, but it’s never been entirely clear what she actually does. She had zero experience in public policy or government prior to her role at the White House. This week, she rushed to Twitter to tout the news of big job market growth in June — but she almost entirely ignored the fact that the big growth was only possible because of the staggeringly huge drop in employment across the U.S. amidst the initial height of the Coronavirus pandemic. There’s still a long way to go before any kind of economic stability.
‘4.8 M jobs created in June smashing expectations — the biggest monthly gain ever recorded! @realDonaldTrump has us on the path for a great American comeback!’
4.8 M jobs created in June smashing expectations — the biggest monthly gain ever recorded!@realDonaldTrump has us on the path for a great American comeback! 🇺🇲🇺🇲
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 2, 2020
Again — the reason for the record rate of job growth in June is because the bottom fell out of the job market in the preceding weeks and months. Tens of millions of people filed for unemployment benefits throughout the initial height of the pandemic, setting huge records for the number of jobless claims filed in a single week. The official unemployment rate hit the highest level since the Great Depression. Many people remain out of work even now, since in the job market report that Ivanka praised, the unemployment rate remained at about 11 percent. Many jobs that are being supposedly “created” are putting back the tens of millions of jobs that have been lost.
Ivanka did not seriously acknowledge the seriousness of any of these issues. Instead, she posted ignorantly nonsensical praise for her father’s presidential administration, although he’s the one whose mishandling of the pandemic has helped exacerbate the economic problems. He could have acted sooner and helped avoid the need for economic shutdowns at the scale that the U.S. has faced — but he did not.
Check out Twitter’s response to Ivanka: