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I know the big news you’re very proud to share and talk about are the results from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing that about 235,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in February. I have no doubt you will take this positive PR opportunity and spread it as much as possible, but the reality is, it is really hard to actually measure how many of these jobs are actually resulting from your administration’s work and policies that you have put in place.
You’ll have to forgive me if I laugh a little about how eager you are to embrace these numbers and share them in the mindset that these numbers are an outcome of your administrations work, when just last year you discredited the results of the same report from last year. I believe you were quoted to have said on numerous occasions that the unemployment rate of 4.9% was phony, but to be honest, you really didn’t look to have a clue.
Of course, I see this all as a ploy to discredit the sources and numbers that you don’t like, but of course, when the numbers work for you I see you are quick to change your tune.
People of course were quick to notice the inconsistency here and question whether you believe the report from the Bureau of Labor to be accurate, considering the comments you have made in the past. Spicer of course anticipated this question and just so casually dismissed it by responding with this: “Yeah, I talked to the President prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly — “They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.” ” This response was met with laughter from reporters. Laughter.
We essentially hear that you hypocrite and a pathological liar, only embracing facts when it suits you and we are just supposed to shrug it off and move on with laughter? I am sorry, but this absolutely infuriated me.
You and your administration has acted in a manner very similar to an oppressor in an emotionally abusive relationship. The U.S. Department of Justice defines emotionally abusive traits as including causing fear by: intimidation, threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner’s family or friends, destruction of pets and property, forcing isolation from family, friends, or school or work. Subtler emotionally abusive tactics include insults, putdowns, arbitrary and unpredictable inconsistency, and gaslighting (e.g. the denial that previous abusive incidents occurred). These are a lot of things that we saw over the course of the election, and continue to see now in regards to women, and immigrant rights, and of course with the inconsistency and gaslighting of just the day to day daily news.
I think the reaction of the reporters laughing at what is clearly not ok is probably the most frustrating, because the minute we begin to normalize this behavior, the closer we are to sinking into a state of acceptance.
A Solicitous Citizen