It’s just one minute of a 40 minute whine-a-thon. But it properly characterizes how crazy the entire thing was.
HANNITY: “If you do run in 2024, what might you do differently? Whaddaya know now that you didn’t know in 2016?”
TRUMP: “Well, y’know, we ran a very successful administration.” (Fact Check: nearly half a million people died in one year; he never had an annual GDP growth over 3%; he never topped 50% in job approval. By any measure, his administration was a failure and will be one of the bottom three presidencies in US history.)
“We had the greatest economy in history.” (Fact Check: Again, GDP growth was essentially stagnant and he left office with a net job loss of 3 million after four years.)
“We had 160 million jobs. Nobod–nobody was ever even close to that.” (Fact Check: Total non-farm employment topped out at 152 million during Trump’s term. The number of farm jobs topped out at 900,000. It’s nowhere near 160 million.
“And we did it twice.” (Fact Check: Um, no. See sources above.)
“We came with a vaccine. We did a lot of great things.” (Fact Check: Two vaccines were developed while Trump was in office, one of which was developed outside his acceleration program. And there was no distribution or production plan for the vaccines.)
“[Snort] But I was under siege with fake investigations and everything. And I was doing this while I was under siege from phony people with phony Russia Russia Russia that was caused by Clinton and DNC Democrats and all of that and we did it.” (Fact Check: The investigations were quite real, ending in two impeachments–the first president to be impeached twice–including one which found that senior Trump campaign officials met with Russian government agents and accusations that Trump himself obstructed justices at least ten times. Oh, and even the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee found Russia interfered in the 2016 election to favor Trump. And again, they didn’t “do it.”)
“We rebuilt the military.” (Fact Check: The military wasn’t rebuilt, nor did it need to be rebuilt.)
“We got the largest tax cut in history. Not even close.” (Fact Check: Nope. By any measure, Trump’s tax bill doesn’t come close to be the largest. And the largest percentage tax cut was by Reagan, who took the top progressive tax rate of 70% and lowered it to 37%–before raising other taxes.)
“We did ANWR (the oil access in the Alaska Natural Wildlife Refuge), which they already excluded thanks to Murkowski in Alaska.” (Fact Check: While it’s true that Trump did sell licenses to drill for oil in ANWR by executive fiat, Murkowski had nothing to do with its revocation. President Joe Biden revoked the issuance of licenses–technically, it was done by Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on June 1st–through administrative order, without any vote in the Senate by Republican Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.)