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After years of boasting about his economy, President Donald Trump now claims that increased market instability and skyrocketing unemployment due to the global pandemic couldn't have been predicted or prevented.

This is constantly proving to be untrue.

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Fox News host Steve Hilton claimed that the "ruling class and their TV mouthpieces" were whipping up fear about the current health crisis that's closed businesses across the United States in efforts to slow the spread of the pandemic. The screed was a continuation of the network's repeated dismissals of the threat posed by the pandemic.

Hilton said that an ensuing recession due to these closures could be more deadly than the virus itself.

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Republicans often claim their party has the upper hand with voters when it comes to fiscal responsibility. When a Democrat is in office, one of the chief complaints you can count on from Republican lawmakers is that the President is ballooning the deficit, or sending the federal debt skyward.

This hasn't quite been the case when it's a Republican President occupying the White House.

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President Donald Trump and those who work for him routinely tout the United States' low unemployment numbers and economic prosperity as evidence that his term as President so far has been a success.

They'll frequently deploy some iteration of the phrase "lowest unemployment ever," while reminders that a consistent downward trend in unemployment began years ago—under former President Barack Obama.

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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a bizarre tweet urging staff at the White House to show President Donald Trump a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Daniel Henninger in an effort to influence the President's trade policy, which is suffering due to Trump's propensity for imposing tariffs and advancing trade wars.

But it wasn't the contents of the article that got people's attention. It was the way Grassley spoke of Trump in the tweet.

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President Donald Trump has boasted in the past of his multiple tariffs imposed on solar panels, washing machines, steel, aluminum, and more—referring to himself as a "Tariff Man."

Despite the financial burdens of tariffs falling on American consumers and citizens, he's indicated in the past a belief that tariffs are paid by the country on which they're imposed.

He's since imposed tariffs on billions of Chinese goods for use as bargaining chips in a trade deal that has yet to be finalized.

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The performance of the stock market has been a bragging point for President Donald Trump from the moment he took office in January 2017.

And in a presidency plagued by problems, it remained a bright spot.

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