One of the Trump administration’s top economic advisers said Monday morning that Americans should refuse to have a “pity party” over the fact that the U.S. unemployment rate rose to nearly 15 percent last week, with 20 million people losing their jobs in April alone.
Peter Navarro, who serves as Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, appeared on “Fox & Friends,” was asked by Fox host Steve Doocy about the fact that the actual unemployment rate may well be as high as 20 percent, which would be near the levels seen during the Great Depression, which began in 1929. Navarro responded:
“We are the greatest country in the world! This pity party yesterday is not who we are! Who we are is who this president is!”
We are who this president is? So the country is angry, bitter, petty, vindictive, paranoid, and filled with spite? If that’s the case, it doesn’t look like President Donald Trump has kept his vow to “make America great again,” does it?
While he was at it, Navarro also took some cheap shots at China and declared that the United States would beat the coronavirus pandemic with the use of its “indomitable spirit.”
Apparently, Navarro isn’t bright enough to realize that viruses aren’t the least bit intimidated by cute catchphrases and slogans. Coronavirus responds to such empty threats with more infection, more death, and more destruction.
A few seconds later, Navarro was again criticizing anyone who might be worried about the economic situation of the nation:
“Every time you hear that pity party stuff, remember to look into the future, see where we need to go and what we need to do!”
Peter Navarro on unemployment possibly reaching 25%: “This pity party yesterday is not who we are. Who we are is who this president is.” pic.twitter.com/34ELWnA9nb
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 11, 2020
So let’s take a second and look into the future as Mr. Navarro suggests.
Just last week, J.P. Morgan Chief Investment Officer Bob Michele said it will take 10 to 12 years for employment to return to pre-coronavirus levels:
“It’s going to take years, or longer to get back to where we are, or where we were.”
Like everyone in this administration, Peter Navarro would rather blame others than accept responsibility for the pathetic job they’ve done controlling COVID-19 and building a truly strong economy.
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