When June's job numbers were published on Thursday, July 2, President Donald Trump held a press conference to brag about lowered unemployment rates.
Of course, that unemployment rate is still 11%, which would be cause for concern from any other President.
Pres. Trump held a press briefing to hail the June jobs report, as economists cautioned that it might not accuratel… https://t.co/5GNjevmnZA— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1593706382.0
Pretty much everyone on Twitter ripped into President Trump, who neglected to acknowledge the June numbers were recorded two weeks prior to their publication.
In those two weeks, virus cases have spiked and many businesses have re-closed.
Trump spiking the football when he is down by nine touchdowns. Unreal.— Stuart Rothenberg (@Stuart Rothenberg)1593697609.0
@StuPolitics Watch any football game. Team is getting crushed, finally scores and here comes the practiced team cel… https://t.co/eaB8iMk1MS— Doug Heye (@Doug Heye)1593697728.0
@realDonaldTrump You wanna talk about numbers? 1. 129,000 people dead 2. 42,000,000 unemployed 3. 2,600,000 COVID-1… https://t.co/ORDgk3lUvY— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1593696121.0
Meanwhile, the job numbers Trump was proud of also contained an ominous increase in permanent job losses.
@realDonaldTrump Standing on a bloody pile of American bones declaring victory in the middle of unprecedented failu… https://t.co/yIdiIH387m— Philip N Cohen (@Philip N Cohen)1593695512.0
@realDonaldTrump BREAKING NEWS People returning to their jobs after the PANDEMIC SHUTDOWN NO NEW JOBS CREATED— Francis Aboagye (@Francis Aboagye)1593695693.0
@realDonaldTrump Don’t be fooled, the job numbers Donald Trump is celebrating were before the resurgence of #coronavirus. 😳— Jules Morgan (@Jules Morgan)1593695940.0
Though the job numbers showed a step in the right direction for our country, to brag about them at this critical moment is almost irresponsible.
@glamelegance @realDonaldTrump This jobs report doesn’t show: 4 million who have had pay cuts. 3 million who are… https://t.co/clEQD3O2sm— Just Vent (@Just Vent)1593695963.0
Taking credit for improved unemployment numbers during a pandemic is like taking credit for the weather because it stopped raining.— Jennifer Hammond (@Jennifer Hammond)1593697415.0
If you earned $50,000 a year and then took a pay cut to $20,000 and then got a raise to $30,000, would you celebrat… https://t.co/RCdJHjxfMq— Philip Bump (@Philip Bump)1593697427.0
To many it seemed President Trump cares more about his own image than the American people.
shorter trump: having driven the car into a ditch, when the tow truck comes he says "see? i rescued your car."— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis)1593698336.0
Over 17M are still unemployed Unemployment for black men rose to 16% The gap between black & white unemployment gre… https://t.co/i8uYhE9yIK— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer)1593701001.0
@nytopinion @LarryBoorstein @paulkrugman Sadly they aren't new job, its just just people returning to work after sh… https://t.co/oBz9M2O7DA— William Connors ✌🏻🇨🇦 (@William Connors ✌🏻🇨🇦)1593727677.0
Some urged Americans to not use the news as an excuse to disregard safety.
While he calls today's job report "positive news," @JoeBiden says "make no mistake: we are still in a deep, deep jo… https://t.co/3Ry5bzhAhP— Sarah Mucha CNN (@Sarah Mucha CNN)1593705273.0
Trump held a press conference this morning on the jobs report. Don’t let him gaslight. Share this video: https://t.co/LhC8AWG6qT— Alejandro Verdin (@Alejandro Verdin)1593698059.0
The President wants people to feel like the pandemic is over, but scientists everywhere insist that is not the case.