On Friday, the February job report was released, and while the unemployment rate ticked down slightly to 3.8%, the number that caught everyone's eye was the number of jobs created last month: a paltry 20,000 compared with an expected 180,000.
The US economy added only 20,000 jobs in February, a surprisingly low number that bucked the trend of huge jobs gai… https://t.co/3nWP4bQDup— CNN (@CNN) 1552055401.0
While Trump played down the number, predictably, in a press gaggle outside the White House Friday morning, preferring instead to focus on the dip in the unemployment rate, one can only imagine how Trump would have reacted if Obama had seen a similarly paltry jobs number.
Well, actually, we don't have to imagine, we can see exactly how Trump reacted in a tweet from June 2016:
A massive blow to Obama's message - only 38,000 new jobs for month in just issued jobs report. That's REALLY bad!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1465220573.0
Because there's always a tweet.
Trump is getting dragged.
I wonder what 2016 Trump would think about 2019 Trump now that the economy only added 20,000 jobs last month.… https://t.co/3S5TMXtlEp— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1552056132.0
A #Trump tweet for every occasion. #JobsReport: The economy gained a meager 20,000 jobs in February, falling far sh… https://t.co/14rwKDBo1s— Mary Fahner-Short (@Mary Fahner-Short) 1552058793.0
Always a Trump tweet that shows how much he talks out of his ass. 20,000 jobs added February 2019. Beginning of a t… https://t.co/3EJIYJpNDP— SenjutsuSage (@SenjutsuSage) 1552066553.0
And he was called out for his tweet at the time:
@realDonaldTrump According to whom? Obama's numbers are above average - https://t.co/169YaOKAkG— Andrew Kornblatt (@Andrew Kornblatt) 1465431888.0
@realDonaldTrump 10% unemployment to 5%...— Quid Pro Quo Mixed Martial Arts Investments, LLC (@Quid Pro Quo Mixed Martial Arts Investments, LLC) 1465220630.0
@realDonaldTrump 1. It's a conservative estimate. 2. Unemployment is down to 4.7%.— majd (@majd) 1465230922.0
What's more, Obama's final two years compared to Trump's first two years in regards to unemployment indicates a fairly clear winner.
In his final two years, Obama added over 5 million jobs, while Trump only added over 4 million.
Average monthly jobs added: Last 25 months of Obama: +212k First 25 months of Trump: +196k https://t.co/c6awebfQQM— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1552052622.0
While the numbers are similar in range and other variables are at play, Trump frequently decries the "mess" he supposedly inherited from Obama's tenure.
Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1487424713.0
However, Trump has only continued—at a slower rate—the trend Obama commenced, as many pointed out.
@realDonaldTrump You do not get to take credit for the last 6 years of the Obama Administration. When Obama left of… https://t.co/mFIVArZbCn— Dmin (@Dmin) 1552054575.0
@realDonaldTrump @foxandfriends We have a labor shortage and are at or close to full employment. This has been pred… https://t.co/Z9Ep5mGg4s— Scott M (@Scott M) 1552052840.0
@realDonaldTrump Did not see you thank Obama for current economic recovery he started in 2009 with Stimulus funding… https://t.co/OVflw6ksRi— Proznick (@Proznick) 1551714592.0
Hopefully Trump will manage to continue Obama's trend, but this latest report may see the tides turning.