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Utterly Clueless Ivanka Trump Says Unemployed Americans Just Need To ‘Find Something New’

First Daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has a message for the 40 million Americans who are jobless thanks to the way her father has mishandled the coronavirus pandemic: According to Nepotism Barbie, those people just need to “find something new.”

HuffPost notes that Ivanka is serving as the spokesperson for the Trump administration’s desperate attempt to put a Band-Aid on the suppurating wound that is the U.S. market:

“The campaign is a product of the White House’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which President Donald Trump created in 2018. The board is co-chaired by Trump’s daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.”

The first ad from the “Find Something New” initiative does indeed feature the president’s daughter, grinning and telling viewers:

“There has never been a more critical time for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to be aware of the multiple pathways to career success and gain the vocational training and skills they need to fill jobs in a changing economy.”

But perhaps the most important message is the underlying one that always comes from this White House: We’re with you all the way, but don’t ask us for any help. That’s the same thing the administration has been preaching during the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 and seems to be the motto of the 2020 Trump reelection campaign: I need your vote, but don’t expect me to do anything for you.

Ivanka’s tone-deaf proclamation was greeted with mockery and scorn on Twitter:

Here’s a helpful tip for Ivanka and the entire Trump administration: We the People are going to find something new for all of you It involves orange jumpsuits and iron bars.

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Ivanka Says Employees Should Be Hired Based On ‘Skills’ And Gets The Mockery She Deserves

Proving that irony is indeed dead in the Age of Trump, Ivanka Trump, who serves as a senior adviser to her father, the president, is heading up what’s being called a new White House initiative that will supposedly favor “skills over degrees” in the hiring of federal employees.

In connection with an executive order signed by the president, Ivanka released a video online explaining the new program, which, according to USA Today:

“Will overhaul the government’s hiring practices so that a job applicant’s skills will be given priority over a college degree.

“Administration officials say the shift will allow the government to hire a more inclusive workforce based on skill instead of a person’s education level.”

Ivanka proudly told reporters at a press conference:

“This will ensure that we’re able to hire based on talent and expand our universe to qualified candidates and ensure a more equitable hiring process.

“The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school, but the skills and talents that you bring to the job.”

Skills? Interesting concept, especially when you consider that the only jobs Ivanka has held during her life were dependent upon her name and who her father is, not any skills or talent she might possess. And that’s exactly what Twitter users told the First Daughter:

Ah, Ivanka! Even if you’re totally useless (and you are), at least you’re good for a laugh. And by the way, we’re laughing AT you, not with you.

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Turns Out Trump’s ‘Great Jobs Report’ Was Just Another Of His Giant Honking Lies

In the Rose Garden on Friday morning, Donald Trump simply couldn’t resist taking a victory lap and patting himself on the back when the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 2.5 million jobs had been added in May, lowering the unemployment rate, he crowed, to 13.3 percent as the U.S. economy began to emerge from the coronavirus. He bragged:

“Today is probably, if you think of it, the greatest comeback in America history. It’s not going to stop here. It’s going to keep going.”

But, as with nearly everything that comes out of Trump’s mouth, it turns out the figures he spouted were little more than blatant lies, according to The Washington Post:

“When the U.S. government’s official jobs report for May came out on Friday, it included a note at the bottom saying there had been a major ‘error’ indicating that the unemployment rate likely should be higher than the widely reported 13.3 percent rate.

“The special note said that if this ‘misclassification error’ had not occurred, the ‘overall unemployment rate would have been about 3 percentage points higher than reported,’ meaning the unemployment rate would be about 16.3 percent for May.”

But hey, what’s three measly percentage points when you’re a pathological liar like Trump? Oh, only the difference between reliable government statistics and utter bullshit.

Remember when Trump used to accuse the Obama administration of cooking the books when it came to job creation and the unemployment rate? Here’s three examples:

  • “Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it.” (June 16, 2015)
  • “They say 5.3 percent employment. The number is probably 32 percent.” (October 19, 2015)
  • “Don’t believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. As high as 35 — as in fact, I heard recently, 42 percent.” (February 9, 2016)

As with everything Trump accuses others of, it turns out he’s actually the guilty party. Such is the case with the incredible job numbers he was busy claiming credit for on Friday.

The U.S economy and job market are both in a deep hole. The current jobless numbers are at levels not seen since the Great Depression. Oh, and nearly 112,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19, thanks in large part to Trump’s early inaction and dithering when the virus hit our shores. Cases are also rising in states (Arizona, Florida) that were slow to shut down and first out of the gate to reopen.

Donald Trump is a complete failure as president. His signature issue, the economy, is now one of his main weaknesses, and he’s having to resort to manipulating the numbers so he can pretend things are going swimmingly.

November 3 cannot possibly get here quickly enough. Let’s vote this lying sack of crap out and get an adult to run the country.