Lying Liars

Scott Pruitt Pulls 50,000 Jobs Out of His Ass

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Speaking of fake jobs programs, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator and industry lobbyist Scott Pruitt has a whopper for us.

Pruitt appeared on Meet the Press where he said the coal industry added "almost 50,000 jobs" after Trump's election and over 7,000 just last month, but that's nearly the total amount of coal jobs in the entire country.

According to the most recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are a TOTAL of 51,000 jobs in the coal mining industry. Four hundred jobs were created in the industry in May, or about 0.3% of the total non-farm jobs added during the month.

Pruitt was asked by Meet the Press host Chuck Todd if the Trump regime is misleading the country by claiming coal jobs are coming back.

Pruitt denied that they're lying with another lie. A huge, honking lie.

I don't refer to Pruitt as an "industry lobbyist" just to be cheeky. That is literally how he sees his jobs at EPA administrator and it's how he conducted himself as the attorney general of Oklahoma where he filed lawsuits against the Obama administration on behalf of the fossil fuel industry.

You know, if working class voters in middle America thought they were being lied to by both parties before Trump, just wait until it finally sets in that Trump also lied to them.

That's why they voted for Trump, isn't it? He's suppose to be an outsider who will "tell it like it is." The irony is Trump may be more of a stereotypical lying politician than we've ever seen before. He's redefining the genre.

  • muselet

    Is there anyoneβ€”anyoneβ€”in this administration who is capable of telling the truth, even occasionally?

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      I’m guessing that if any member of this administration ever told the truth it would be an accident and they’d be on TV correcting themselves shortly thereafter.

      • muselet

        Agreed.

        –alopecia

  • waspuppet

    “The irony is Trump may be more of a stereotypical lying politician than we’ve ever seen before.”

    Actually, he’s just a stereotypical lying businessman. A large number of us have somehow been conned into believing there is no such thing.

  • So are the people actually working in the coal industry going to (1) see through these transparent lies by looking around at the non-existent new jobs, and (2) call Trump on it?

    Smart money says no.

  • Aynwrong

    As I’ve said before, Meet the Press is a completely useless model of journalism. Chuck Todd is not a journalist. He’s a Beltway gossip columnist. David Gregory (equally useless) used to routinely say “Let’s get away from policy, jump back into politics.” That’s still the basic model of “journalism” that’s practiced on the network Sunday shows.

    Personally, I would love for MTP to go back to a panel of reporters interviewing a guest or have journalists who specialize in a particular field designated to interview particular guests. Such as if the economy or taxes is the topic, the interviewer would be someone along the lines of David Kay Johnson.

  • I think those Trump voters were lying. They wanted to cover up the fact that they hated all the changes the Blah Prez had made (because they were too stupid to really understand them and how they positively affected their lives) and they didn’t want to admit that their main goal was to simply burn down the country. It’s as if they’ve said, ‘If I can’t live in this country the way I want to when I want to, then no one can”. Essentially 30-40% of this country have the emotional IQ of a 6 year old.

    • Aynwrong

      Trump has electrolytes. It’s what Trump voters crave.

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    • JMAshby

      I don’t necessarily disagree, and I think racism was a much bigger motivating factor, I’m just panning the narrative. The narrative won’t survive Hurricane Trump.