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 gains in recent months. That was the fewest jobs gained in a month since September 2017. https://t.co/cN5vio081l pic.twitter.com/HPn4N4hpH3
— CNN (@CNN) March 8, 2019
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 (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2016
Because there’s always a tweet.
Trump is getting dragged.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 8, 2019
A #Trump tweet for every occasion. #JobsReport: The economy gained a meager 20,000 jobs in February, falling far short of analyst expectations of 185,000 and indicating that the nation's 10-year economic expansion has potentially hit a speed bump. https://t.co/7efUeHGoA4
— Mary Fahner-Short (@maryfshort) March 8, 2019
Always a Trump tweet that shows how much he talks out of his ass. 20,000 jobs added February 2019. Beginning of a trend? Let's see. https://t.co/fv6rCTEYtF
— SenjutsuSage (@SenninSage) March 8, 2019
Thank you Obama for turning our country around after the recession!
February of 2019 was the month that Obama's trend is turned around by Trump's policies; only 20,000 new jobs added.
— MusicSexBliss (@SexBliss) March 8, 2019
And he was called out for his tweet at the time:
According to whom? Obama's numbers are above average – https://t.co/169YaOKAkG
— Andrew Kornblatt (@akornblatt) June 9, 2016
10% unemployment to 5%…
— Cocked & Loaded (@MMAInvestments) June 6, 2016
1. It's a conservative estimate. 2. Unemployment is down to 4.7%.
— Majd (@Majders12) June 6, 2016
What’s more, Obama’s final two years compared to Trump’s first two years in regards to unemployment indicates a fairly clear winner.