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Goldman: If the President Says It Does That Make It So?

February 19, 2019

By Michael Goldman

If President Donald Trump says it, but do you believe it?

The president sure hopes so, because his re-election depends on it

Take the quiz and decide for yourself.

President Trump says we as a nation are now enjoying the greatest economy in the history of the country, even though a record seven million people are at least three months behind on their car payments, and eighty percent of the public can’t access $400 to cover an emergency that requires a cash payment.

Trumpian truth or Trumpian fallacy?

President Trump says we have nearly wiped out ISIS as a fighting force, even though his entire Intel community disagrees with his assessment.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says that the construction of a wall converted El Paso, Texas from one of the most dangerous communities in America to one of the safest, even though it’s Republican Mayor and voluminous FBI statistics dispute this assertion.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says he has taken what he proudly describes as ‘revolutionary actions’ to lower drug prices in the country, yet drug prices in the United States remain among the highest in the world.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says both “nobody has ever done a better job than I’m doing as president,” as well as, “you can’t impeach somebody for doing the best job of any president in the history of the country.”

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says “if not for me we’d be at war with North Korea,” even though it was Trump himself and not the North Korean dictator who threatened that “fire and fury like the world has never seen” would rain down on the region.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says “America has never been more respected around the entire globe” under his Presidency, yet for the first time in 70 years we have damaged relationships with longtime allies England, France, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Japan, and South Korea.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says he “personally watched ICE forces liberate American towns from the grasp of MS-13 gangs”, even though there is no record of ICE or any other law enforcement entity having ever done so.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says that 10,000 people squeezed into a 6500 seat arena in El Paso, Texas with the help of the El Paso fire department, while only a meager 300 people attended a simultaneous Beto O’Rourke counter rally, yet the El Paso fire department denied it allowed even a single person more than the 6500 limit into the building, and the El Paso Police Department estimated the Beto crowd to have been at least 7000 strong, not the 300 the president claimed.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says his 2017 tax cuts were targeted to help the middle class lower their taxes, but millions of those folks are discovering that their 2019 tax refunds are lower than the amount they received last year, and that their taxes are higher than those they paid in 2018.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump correctly says that there are more women in the workforce this year than ever before, but conveniently leaves out the fact that the so called ‘participation rate’ among women is actually lower than it was way back in 2000.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says that while all undocumented people should be denied the opportunity to work in the US, and also publicly insists that he favors huge fines for companies which break the law, we now know the Trump organization he headed for years employed hundred, if not thousands, of undocumented workers from countries as far away as Costa Rica to illegally work at his properties spread all across the nation.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

President Trump says his year-round tan is the result of ‘good genes’, and not carefully hidden White House tanning bed.

Trumpian truth or fallacy?

Finally, President Trump says he’s earned an A+ for his efforts during his first two years in office while public polling indicates thinks the real grade he earned was of closer to a D-.

A Trumpian truth or yet another Trumpian fallacy?

Michael Goldman is a paid political consultant for Democratic candidates and president of Goldman Associates. He is weekly contributor to this newspaper.