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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Trump is a pathological liar and bullshitter, so most of what he claimed in the SOTU was either misleading or another series of his damn lies. Only his base will believe the b.s. he feeds them. People with critical thinking skills know better.

The great Charlie Pierce of Esquire sums the SOTU perfectly:

WASHINGTON—It was the most elaborate of charades, the most sophisticated of masquerades, that played itself out in the chamber of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night. The amount of pretense required to keep all sensible people—which is to say, any person who was not a Republican—in their chairs must have been heroic. All involved had to pretend that Donald Trump makes sense as a president, that his administration makes sense as a government, and that his first State of the Union address made sense as either a description of national policy, or as a rhetorical summons to national unity. All involved had to pretend that his thoughts were coherent, that his words made sense, and that the complete and universal collapse of civic responsibility that propelled him onto the podium was not the most singularly destructive event in the history of American democracy since the Civil War. Everyone had to pretend that a freak show was Shakespeare, and that a rumbling, stumbling geek was Lincoln, and that the whole tableau unfolding before the Congress was somehow made noble despite the obvious fact that the whole event was an endless procession of lies and half-truths, and that the only truly remarkable thing about the speech was that it was such a perfectly round and complete crock of shit.

There were so many lies in Lord Dampnut's SOTU last night. These are just a few:

"We enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history." — Donald Trump on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 in his State of the Union address President Trump’s State of the Union speech had soaring rhetoric — and many dubious facts and figures. 

Many of these claims have been fact-checked repeatedly, yet the president persists in using them. 

 “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.” Trump often inflates the number of jobs created under his presidency by counting Election Day, rather than when he took the oath of office. There have been about 1.8 million jobs created since January 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the slowest gain in jobs since 2010, which indicates how well job growth was going before Trump took office. There were 184,000 manufacturing jobs created in the 11 months since Trump took the oath of office, compared with a loss of 16,000 in 2016, according to the BLS. This is a substantial one-year gain, but it’s still more than 1 million manufacturing jobs below the level at the start of the Great Recession. 

“After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.” Trump once again takes credit for something that began to happen before his presidency. Wages have been on an upward trend since 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and in fact their growth slowed during the first year of Trump’s presidency. Looking closely at the data, it’s possible to argue wages were Looking closely at the data, it’s possible to argue wages were stagnant from 2000 to 2014, but the median salary has been increasing steadily since then and actually declined in the fourth quarter of 2017, from $353 a week to $345 in inflation-adjusted dollars. 

"African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.” This is a flip-flop by Trump. During the 2016 campaign, Trump used to claim a Four-Pinocchio statistic that 58 percent of African American youths were unemployed. The official Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate for black youth at the time was 19.2 percent — about one-third of the rate used by Trump. Now that he’s president, Trump appears all too happy to cite the unemployment rate for African Americans, bragging that it’s the best since the turn of the century. The African American unemployment rate has been on a relatively steady decline since it hit a peak of 16.8 percent in March 2010, during the Great Recession. The rate had already fallen to 7.7 percent when Trump took the oath of office — it is now 6.8 percent — so Trump taking credit for this is like a rooster thinking the sun came up because he crowed. Similarly, Hispanic American unemployment had also been trending lower before Trump’s presidency. It hit a low of 4.8 percent in several months in 2017, as well as in one month in 2006. 

“The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value. That is great news for Americans’ 401(k), retirement, pension and college savings accounts.” Trump frequently brags about the rising stock market — he’s done it about once every three days as president — even though during the 2016 campaign he had said it was “a big fat bubble” that was about to pop.

 “Just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history.” Trump repeatedly claims he passed the biggest tax cut in U.S. history, but it’s just not true. He’s earned Four Pinocchios for this claim before — but repeated it 57 times in his first year as president.


Clearwater, Florida said...

Trump embarrassed as first State of the Union falls 8 million viewers short of Obama’s

In every way, Trump just can't measure up to President Barack Obama.

Ducky's here said...

What I found most disturbing was the fear mongering.
This is a classic tactic of authoritarians.

Another low point was his lack of any effective response to the opioid epidemic.
"We're going after the pushers" isn't an effective policy.

More military spending, infrastructure upgrades and he's going to finance it with a tax cut.
Actually he's going to try to privatize the national infrastructure and cut Medicaid.


Rational Nation USA said...

The NYT reports many of his statements were true, nut lacked context. So, they were intentionally misleading.

Ducky's here said...

And don't forget, he's going to bring down the price of prescription drugs. Bigly.

Anonymous said...

Ms.Shaw,you haven't mentioned Trumps poll numbers lately

skudrunner said...

I thought it was a typical SOTU address. Touting all accomplishments of his administration even if they are a bit over stated. His constant reference to country pride and the flag got a little old as did his reverence for the military and those who protect us. After all he didn't even serve.
1.8 trillion for infrastructure, how are we going to pay for it. At least the 1 trillion obama spent we got some old cars. Trump couldn't even wear his Nobel prize medal.
Again, standard fare but I miss the Egyptian columns and swooning crowd like clearwater.

The Ghost of Ronald Reagan said...

I don't know if you watched it, but I DID, and I was shocked by the lack of dignity, sincerity and the unending lies in the piece –– a sharp contrast to the dignified and honest presentations of President Obama in the SOTU addresses in the past.

Trump is a preening, egotistical asshole who cares only for himself and the pleasuring of his little dick with whores. And that's who the far right admires.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Anonymous said...
Ms.Shaw,you haven't mentioned Trumps poll numbers lately"

I'm happy to oblige, Anonymous.

As of January 28, according to Gallup, which does an average of all polls, trump is still under water with only 38% approval by the American people and 58% disapproval by the American people.

IOW, he's a minority president with only a 3rd of the American voting public supporting him. He has THE WORST APPROVAL RATINGS OF A NEW PRESIDENT IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY.

America detests the liar, fraud, and philandering pig. But you knew that, didn't you.

You're welcome.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Oh here's the link to the latest Gallup poll. You Trumpistas don't believe in facts, but unlike you wingnuts, we're happy to back up our reports with evidence

Shaw Kenawe said...

The Ghost of Ronald Reagan,

President Reagan's son, Ron, Jr., is no fan of Trump, neither is anyone who isn't into self-delusions.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skud: "Again, standard fare but I miss the Egyptian columns and swooning crowd like clearwater."

They were Greek columns and they were not at the SOTU.

You have no respect for facts, do you.

Mike R. said...

Weird. Trump kept clapping for himself during his SOTU. What an egotistical asshole!

Anonymous said...


Shaw Kenawe said...

To the people who are trying to push the 75% of viewers who watched trump's SOTU and approved, you're not too bright.

That is 75% of the people who watched. Mostly trumpers watched, people like me did not tune into the SOTU, so you're touting a skewed percentage that shows trump supporters liked his SOTU. What a surprise.

It's like saying 98% of New Englanders like Tom Brady.

The CBS group was self selected based on viewers who watched - which removed legions of anti-Trump Americans who cannot tolerate wasting an hour with him on the TV. So the CBS polled group would have been more pro-Trump to begin with than the average American. The CNN crowd was more of a cross section of Americans who are more representative of both sides

Shaw Kenawe said...

And this:

DRUDGE is reporting this

JAN 30 2018

FOXNEWS 11,500,000
NBC 7,100,000
CBS 7,000,000
ABC 5,400,000
FOX 3,600,000
CNN 3,100,000
MSNBC 2,700,000

Those numbers are really telling as it is pretty obvious that FOX attracts the pro Trump crowd and they feel far more comfortable watching the speech there where they know Trump will get a very warm reception from its commentators and talking heads. MSNBC - perhaps the most hostile to Trump - had the lowest numbers. So people pretty much went where they felt comfortable and lots of anti-Trump folks did not watch.

So Trumpistas liked Trump's SOTU. Meanwhile he has a 38% approval rating from ALL AMERICANS.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Anonymous said...

January 31, 2018 at 8:52 PM Delete"

The percentage of Americans who detest Trump.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Rassmussen, a pro-Trump polling organization, reported this on Wednesday, after the SOTU:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 30% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. (See trends).