Eric Trump thinks his father’s presidency is already paying dividends for everyday Americans. Want evidence? Just look at the lines at Home Depot.
During a Thursday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Eric urged viewers to ignore media coverage of the web of investigations surrounding his father and Republicans’ deeply unpopular push to strip millions of Americans of health insurance, and instead focus on “a simple test” that illustrates how “we’re thriving as a nation.”
“I mean, go into Home Depot. Just a simple test. Look at the lines in Home Depot, right? I mean, we’re thriving as a nation,” Eric Trump said. “Everybody wants to get focused on nonsense, on garbage, on distractions.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 6, 2017
Eric Trump’s comments came on the same day that news emerged about a less than stellar jobs report showing private sector job growth growing slower in June than it did last year.
The New York Times reports that economic growth for 2017 “now appears unlikely to be much greater than 2 percent — about the average for the current recovery, which celebrates its eighth year this month.”
“While hardly terrible, it is not the burst of growth — a ‘Trump bump’— that many expected to result from an upturn in consumer and business sentiment after President Trump’s election,” the Times adds. “Mr. Trump himself declared upon taking office that his policies would produce 4 percent annual growth, and just this week said on Twitter to affirm that ‘things are starting to kick in now.’”
Really great numbers on jobs & the economy! Things are starting to kick in now, and we have just begun! Don't like steel & aluminum dumping!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
Trump has taken credit for positive economic conditions despite inheriting a growing economy from President Obama and not overseeing the passage of a single piece of major legislation so far. The health care bill Trump is spending political capital in an effort to shepherd through the Republican-controlled Congress would not only cost roughly 22 million Americans their health insurance, but would also be a job killer — a recent study found that Trumpcare would result in a loss of nearly 1 million jobs over the next decade.
But Trump and administration officials have already demonstrated a willingness to reject data that reflects negatively on their policy priorities. Instead of proposing fixes to the health care bill, administration officials have used the Congressional Budget Office’s analyses about the dire consequences Trumpcare would have as an opportunity to attack the credibility of the CBO. The administration has also rejected climate science, crime rate data, and research showing voter suppression laws are solutions in search of a problem.
Despite promising to distance himself from his father’s administration while he runs his business, Eric has emerged as one of the White House’s key media surrogates. Eric and Trump’s other adult son, Donald Jr., have denounced Democrats and spoken out on behalf of their father’s political priorities while overseeing an aggressive expansion of the Trump brand — an expansion their father personally profits from, since he has refused to divest himself from his business.
Eric Trump’s decision to name-drop Home Depot may not have been as random as it seemed. During an CNBC appearance in March, Home Depot founder and longtime Republican supporter Ken Langone said Trump could go down as “one of our greatest presidents ever” and urged Republicans to unite behind his agenda.
“The American people elected him president, in my mind, for one reason: they don’t want incremental change. They want major change,” Langone said.