President Trump and truthfulness aren't exactly the best of friends.
But every now and then he'll make a claim so outrageous it makes his usual hyperbole feel almost normal.
While speaking to the press on Tuesday, April 7, President Trump claimed his daughter, Ivanka, had created "over 15 million jobs" during his time in office.
Trump was, of course, lying.
Since the President took office, only about 6.5 million jobs have been created in total and it's unclear how many, if any, Ivanka was responsible for.
Trump just told the completely egregious lie that Ivanka Trump "created over 15 million jobs." That would be more t… https://t.co/NKemME1An7— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1586286715.0
This isn't even the first time the President has made this bizarre claim. In November of 2019, Trump claimed Ivanka was responsible for creating 14 million jobs.
The internet didn't intend to let Trump get away with his latest exaggeration.
FLAT OUT LIE. During the briefing with Bank CEOs, I was speaking to execs at those banks who have been working 24/7… https://t.co/k8pKcyKV40— Stephanie Ruhle (@Stephanie Ruhle)1586355095.0
Is this a joke? https://t.co/fihxokA2QO— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1586287536.0
@SethAbramson Here’s some jobs she created😡 MAKING IVANKA TRUMP SHOES: LONG HOURS, LOW PAY & ABUSE “A worker with… https://t.co/nBSSLxhQJG— Alison Greene (@Alison Greene)1586291899.0
Many online doubted Ivanka's ability to create even a fraction of what President Trump claimed she had.
I just asked my son to clean his room. I have now officially created more jobs than Ivanka Trump ever has.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1586356158.0
As always: Ivanka didn't create 15M jobs. As of the March data, pre-shutdown, there'd been fewer than 6.5M jobs add… https://t.co/qvZGp5VSPU— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1586353911.0
It’s unclear how Trump came up with his astounding claim that Ivanka Trump created15 million jobs. It is also unc… https://t.co/pH9OtGJwhB— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics)1586394023.0
When Donald Trump makes outrageous claims about his family's accomplishments, it's hard not to be reminded of dictators doing that exact same thing.
Trump's whopper about his daughter Ivanka personally creating 10 percent of all the jobs in the United States is so… https://t.co/0WjB6Biz5z— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1586353545.0
Hah, trump just said that Ivanka created 15,000,000 jobs. That is such an outrageous lie it is incredible. We did… https://t.co/balpYFsxlL— American Veteran (@American Veteran)1586294809.0
It's also worth noting many of those jobs Ivanka "created" have since been lost due to the President's inaction surrounding the global pandemic.
Another 6.6 million people filed unemployment claims last week, putting the number of unemployed over 16 million.… https://t.co/jSxMOFKMbM— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1586441473.0
all those jobs Ivanka created *poof* gone just like that— 𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗 (@𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗)1586438090.0
What may be even crazier is that many of Trump's supporters may believe him.
Trump says Ivanka created 15 million jobs. That would be 10% of ALL JOBS in the US. Also, only 6.2 million jobs hav… https://t.co/sGAgppgSpD— David Pakman (@David Pakman)1586373103.0
What will Ivanka Trump accomplish next?
@NightlyPolitics Trump! Was Ivanka’s success in job creation right after she helped the Allies win the Second World… https://t.co/azeu8qFJvO— La La Land (@La La Land)1586289093.0
Ivanka Trump wouldn't be anywhere near a White House position if her father was not the President, a prime example of corruption that, at this point in the Trump Presidency, most of us simply take for granted.
Even Trump's most generous supporters will admit he'll sometimes bend the truth to make himself look better. But most Americans would likely prefer a President who is able and willing to tell the truth.
The book Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us is available here.