Thursday morning, after Donald Trump was done making up for a little lost time on Twitter and in between rounds of golf, he squeezed in one last self-congratulatory tweet that had the internet first scratching its collective head, then laughing its collective ass off.
Retail sales are at record numbers. We’ve got the economy going better than anyone ever dreamt – and you haven’t seen anything yet!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
Trump is talking, of course, about holiday sales numbers being reported over the last few days by a variety of outlets, all of whom seem to agree on a few basic facts:
- Sales saw their biggest jump since 2011…
- …pending final numbers, of course; “Free Shipping” takes a toll on final profits
- That had nothing to do with Trump
It’s a lesson he just can’t seem to learn: Until a president signs a policy that has a major effect on the economy and that policy is observed over a period of time that would allow its effects to be implemented, the economy – good or bad – belongs to the previous president.
That is to say, NO president can claim the good economy is their doing, nor is forced to claim that a bad economy is their fault, in their first year in office. If Trump had signed a major spending or tax package on January 21st, we still would not be seeing the effects of it on the American economy, except in the form of market speculation. And as everyone knows, the stock market is but a tiny indicator of how average Americans are doing economically.
It didn’t take long for the internet to remind Trump of these basic facts:
The only thing you take responsibility for is Obama’s economy. 18 trillion dollar economies take years and years to turn around
— UNITE & FIGHT (@stopthenutjob) December 28, 2017
— RL Miller (@RL_Miller) December 28, 2017
Great job saving us from a Republican created catastrophe Obama
— UnionThug91 (@DSpec_1) December 28, 2017
Inadequate white man taking credit for an exceptional black man’s work. Done without any help from @SenateMajLdr or @SpeakerRyan and he didn’t commit a #GrandTheftTaxScam to do it. pic.twitter.com/z7MH9tXJPO
— | KevinFuller®🇺🇸 #ResistAndReplaceTheGOP | (@yourltldogtoo) December 28, 2017
It’s the holiday season, that’s like saying heat related deaths are at an all time low in February.
— CB Bellerose (@sparesoul) December 28, 2017
THIS IS THE OBAMA ECONOMY AND YOU ARE ABOUT TO DESTROY IT WITH THE SAME RECKLESS HORSESHIT THAT W BUSH DESTROYED IT WITH.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 28, 2017
We’ve seen you take credit for Obama’s doing while your playing your 87th round of golf in less than 1 year.
— John Melendez (@stutteringjohnm) December 28, 2017
— MomsThoughts™ (@MomsThoughts) December 28, 2017
— Island Girl 🌺🌻🌼🌸🌴🏝 (@DearGoodPeople) December 28, 2017
— Paula (@PaulaBonaFide) December 28, 2017
— JustSusan (@TassajaraRd) December 28, 2017
THANKS OBAMA! pic.twitter.com/AovWsHRSpb
— Chris Winner (@MrChrisWinner) December 28, 2017
It’s got to burn him up inside to know that he’s not fooling anyone but his idiot sycophant followers. But come on, Trumpkins! You’ve gotta put a little more effort into your lies next time! Maybe stick to taking credit for your epic vacation time, and leave the economy to the pros.
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