Ex-Trump administration official Casey Mulligan has just made some startling accusations against the president. As the former chief economist on Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers claimed in his new book “You’re Hired! Untold Successes and Failures of A Populist President.”
From the Washington Examiner:
President Trump routinely, strategically exaggerates his achievements and stretches the truth to manipulate the media, according to a former adviser. Some examples of Trump’s intentional exaggerations: inflating the GDP growth numbers in 2018, overstating the magnitude of drug price declines under his watch, falsely suggesting that all Democrats want to outlaw private health insurance, and claiming that he’s the best president ever for African Americans.
Mulligan announced, “[Trump] began with a now-familiar strategy for getting the press to cover a new fact, which is to exaggerate it so that the press might enjoy correcting him and unwittingly disseminate the intended finding.” Then expressed, “The president’s gamble is that voters aware of his successes on substance will tolerate his eccentricities and improprieties in form.”
With the highest economic growth rate in 14 years, Trump complained that accomplishment was “not getting fair coverage.” Trump decided to put a tweet out to give it more attention. “POTUS asked whether the tweet should say that it was the fastest growth in 20 years. Or 50? What would be the sweet exaggeration spot that would get media attention?” Mulligan mentioned.
The Washington Examiner told:
The president, Mulligan said, is known not just for exaggerating the facts on his own successes from time to time but also, on occasion, for doing so to highlight his opponents’ weaknesses.
Mulligan said Trump’s claim he’s the best president for African Americans is “probably not accurate.” However, Mulligan added Trump saying this gets newspapers like the Washington Post to do a fact check. Such fact checks then serve to inform people about positive steps Trump has taken to help the black community.
“If he hadn’t made that claim, the Washington Post would have never done any analysis of Trump policies that are good for African Americans. Mission accomplished, right?” Mulligan added. “He manipulates the fact checkers pretty easily.” Definitely worth taking into consideration.