Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle are both experienced financial journalists. That’s their beat, as they say. And yet a Trump supporter went on their show and tried to peddle a line of absolute nonsense and lies, thinking he wouldn’t get called out on it. He misjudged the situation.
Brad Thomas, a member of the Donald Trump for President advisory board, was trying to give Trump credit for creating over a million jobs, but Velshi pointed out to him that the number of jobs created since Trump took office was lower than the rate at which they were being created in the last six months of the Obama administration. So if Trump is going to get credit, does he also give credit to Obama? Of course not. “Right now, the commander in chief is Donald J. Trump,” he said. “And what we’re seeing now is job creation. Donald Trump has created over one million jobs.”
Velshi correctly pointed out that “there is nothing Donald Trump has done” that would spur job creation and Thomas tried to argue that reducing the corporate tax was the “number one catalyst.” But corporate taxes haven’t been lowered at all. There isn’t even a bill that’s been submitted to reduce them, much less a bill that has passed and become law. You can’t make a plausible argument that jobs are being created in anticipation of such a tax cut, especially since Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress has so far failed to pass any meaningful legislation at all.
Velshi finally got fed up with the incredibly dishonest spin, telling Thomas, “You can’t just lie on TV, Brad. I don’t know if your people told you who you were coming on TV with but, you can’t lie about the economy to us…You should fire your press person. f they didn’t tell you were coming on TV with Velshi and Ruhle … this is a silly conversation to have with us. You should go to other people’s media and say these things but not to us, we cover this every day in and out.”
Video below. This is what journalism should be like, directly calling out dishonest spin on the spot, in real time.