Another week, another long list of lies from the mouth and thumbs of Donald Trump. As I said before, his Twitter account — and his ego-boosting campaign-style rallies — are like the mirror into Wonderland. Step through it and you’ll find a magical place where up is down, black is white and truth is non-existent. AP factchecks several of his claims, like this one:
TRUMP: “I did win that women’s vote, didn’t I? Remember, they said, ‘Why would women vote for Trump?’ Well, I don’t know, but I got more than she did. That’s pretty good.” — remarks Thursday in Granite City, Ill.
THE FACTS: No, he didn’t. About 54 percent of women nationally voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to exit polls, compared with Trump’s 41 percent.
Fake news! He polled all of the women in his own family and the ones who work for him and he clearly won their vote, but the lying news media — the enemy of the people — are trying to hide the truth. Every other woman in the country who voted did so illegally, so they don’t count. Welcome to Wonderland.
THE FACTS: That doesn’t square with the record. Trump didn’t inherit a fixer-upper economy.
The U.S. economy just entered its 10th year of growth, a recovery that began under President Barack Obama, who inherited the Great Recession. The data show that the falling unemployment rate and gains in home values reflect the duration of the recovery, rather than any major changes made since 2017 by the Trump administration.
While Trump praised the 4.1 percent annual growth rate in the second quarter, it exceeded that level four times during the Obama presidency. But quarterly figures are volatile and strength in one quarter can be reversed in the next.
Trump’s book really should have been called The Art of the Wild Exaggeration. Accuse him of anything and not only is he not that, he’s the single most sterling example of the opposite of that the world has ever seen. He isn’t just not a racist, he’s the least racist person you’ve ever seen. He not only is not a sexist, no one in history has ever respected women as much as him. And he isn’t just the beneficiary of a long, steady recovery, but “We’re having the best economy we’ve ever had in the history of our country.” Uh no, Donald. We’re not. Not even close.
And no, Donald, it isn’t true that “we have a very big deficit with Canada, a trade deficit.” We have a trade surplus with Canada. Nor is it true that Canada has a “totally closed market” to the United States. In fact, NAFTA eliminated nearly all trade barriers. A few remain in small niche areas, like dairy, which he loves to harp on. You know how much of our trade with Canada involves dairy products? Less than 2/10ths of a percent. Welcome to Trump’s Wonderland, where lies are the only currency and Trump would never devalue them by being honest about anything, ever.