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Dear Donald,

Having had a little bit of time to look into the data for the comments, claims and passing remarks you had in your address yesterday, I was a little upset, but not surprised unfortunately, to find that a lot of what you said was cherry picked data, or remarks made out of context.

It could be that you are presented with information that out of context that reinforces your ideals and you run with it, or it could be that you are intentionally presenting the information as such in attempt to mislead the country and gain their blind acceptance and support.

You changed the tone of your address drastically, making what you had to say easier to swallow. If I hadn’t taken the time to look into your comments, numerical data, and claims I might have been just happier with your change of presentation to be hopeful. Unfortunately deceit served on a silver platter is still deceit and I hope that others are smart enough be skeptical and check the facts before choking down your distortions of the truth.

There were so many misleading phrases to pick apart tonight, but I will focus on one that I found very interesting. I know you want to talk about creating jobs for us Americans because it gets people excited for opportunity. Unfortunately when you make misleading comments such as “Tonight, as I outlined the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited. 94 million Americans are out of the labor force.” yet fail to acknowledge that the number includes those that are retired, disabled and students attending college and people that are more than likely not looking to join the workforce. In actuality, the number more accurately reflecting those unemployed who are seeking work is  only about 7.6 million. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate is actually reflected at 4.8%. Although I’m sure if you presented those numbers and statistics, it probably wouldn’t quite have the effect you are looking for.

I don’t know if  your misrepresentations and lies says more about you, or more about what your opinion is of the American people. Are you so out of touch that you don’t see the numbers and reality for what it actually is, or do you think that the American people are so ignorant that you can say whatever you like and expect them to just accept what you say at face value?

Whatever your intentions may or may not be, I hope that during these times that more people are looking into fact checking than ever before. We can’t trust you, and I hope that people will not let your change of tone trick them into thinking they can.

A Solicitous Citizen