Donald Trump has managed to surround himself with sycophants of such an opportunistic, parasitic tint that even as he stands upon the verge of being impeached in the House they continue to cram his ears full of praise and insist to the rest of us that he’s a dazzling success as president. Regardless of whether their behavior can be chalked up to delusion or cynical careerism is ultimately irrelevant. These people are doing a grave disservice to their nation by fawning over and enabling the worst president in American history and they deserve to be condemned and ridiculed every day they remain by his side.
Earlier today, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham shared an Op-Ed penned by Assistant to the President and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro. The piece is clearly propaganda aimed at the 2020 election and in it Navarro gives Trump credit for creating jobs in the crucial swing-state of Pennsylvania.
Dripping in all of the hackery we’ve come to expect from the president’s cronies, it references the “dark days of the Obama-Biden administration” and praises Trump’s tariffs, completely failing to mention how his trade war has destroyed jobs and inflicted immeasurable damage on numerous American industries. Navarro’s piece is a work of selective attention that seeks to give the president credit for positive developments in the economy while ignoring all the ways in which he has hurt workers.
Grisham tweeted out the article and included the most laughable quote from it: that Trump has managed to “create” jobs because of his “careful attention to detail.” If there is one thing we know about this man it’s that he has the attention span of a brain-damaged bulldog. He’s addicted to trash television and gets bored during any kind of substantive discussion of policy.
This is a man who can’t even be bothered to read the President’s Daily Brief, who prefers pictures and oral briefings over reading anything longer than a page or so. Speaker Pelosi has criticized Trump in the past for this very reason, stating that “just doesn’t have the attention span or the desire” to properly listen to the American intelligence community.
So while Grisham and Navarro can pretend that Trump’s mind is laser-focused on the minutiae of improving the lives of his citizens, the rest of us already know the truth. Trump is a bad joke and any attempt to make him seem like some hardworking, towering intellect should be laughed at and disregarded without a moment’s hesitation.
“How does the Trump administration create over a quarter of a million jobs in a month? By creating one job at a time through President Donald Trump’s careful attention to detail.” https://t.co/HP0yXzQfiC
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) December 10, 2019
Twitter had a field day with Grisham’s tweet.
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— Bluer Than You (@BlueSoBlue1) December 10, 2019
Trump and careful attention to detail in same sentence? Now that's funny! Go have another cocktail Steph..
— Kathy Curley (@KathyCurley5) December 10, 2019
“Careful attention to detail”? Hilarious. He cannot even put a full sentence together even if it’s in a teleprompter.
— Martha Roth (@Buds_mom) December 10, 2019
"You cannot focus the commander in chief's attention on more than one goddamn thing over the course of a meeting" ~ Anonymous Book
— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) December 10, 2019
Do we really pay you $183,000 a year to tweet?
What a sweet deal.
— Dan Fliller (@DanFliller) December 10, 2019
more lies from the FOX news reporter @PressSec
— baseballismyhappyplace (@Floor_model) December 10, 2019
The utter absurdity of juxtaposing the words “Donald Trump” and “careful attention to detail” is…breathtaking.
— Laurie Dunn (@lmitchdunn) December 10, 2019
And by INHERITING a growing economy and strong job growth trends from President OBAMA !
— patty proferes (@saghrbrsun) December 10, 2019
Attention to detail. pic.twitter.com/MmyUpHZaIR
— Milton Fletcher (@mfletcher530) December 10, 2019
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.