Jake Tapper completely deflated Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez after calling him out for lying about the jobs report that showed growing wages.
A jobs report released Wednesday showed that wages and salaries had grown by 3.1 percent, the highest growth in a decade. This report partnered with low unemployment and a strong stock market shows that the economy is benefitting Americans top to bottom.
Still, several Democrats, including Perez, have failed to even admit that this is good news for Americans — let alone give President Trump any credit.
After seeing the economic reports, Perez even said, “Too many families have been left behind in the Trump economy.”
During his CNN show State of the Union, Tapper asked Perez why he believes the economy is doing poorly, even though most of the data says otherwise.
“I’m talking about real wage growth. If you get a dollar more but the cost of gasoline, the cost of healthcare, the cost of housing goes up by three dollars, you’re not better off. By the way, we created more jobs in the last 21 months of the Obama administration than in the first 21 months of the Trump administration.
But what it’s all about Jake is that people need to feel that if they work a full-time job, they’re actually able to feed their family and not tread water. That’s what’s happening across this country. Too many people are working two or three jobs to make ends meet because their salaries aren’t enough and the cost of living is going through the roof and healthcare is under attack.”
While Perez struggled to come up with reasons as to why the economy is bad, he decided to pivot the conversation to healthcare, but Tapper didn’t let it slide.
“I understand why you want to change the subject to pre-existing conditions, but let’s focus on the economy for one second because you just said two things that are not born out by the facts.
A new poll just out this morning shows optimism in the economy is at its highest point since January of 2001 and your claim that all these people are working multiple jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s only five percent of the current workforce that has multiple jobs so it looks to me like you’re saying things that aren’t true to try and put a grey cloud over the economic good news.”
Once again, Perez struggled to answer the question and attempted to pivot toward healthcare, but Tapper wasn’t having it.
“Wage growth is better than it has been since 2009. That means it is better than it has been for seven out of eight years that Obama was president and all four years that you were secretary of labor,” Tapper said.
Perez finally just admitted that he doesn’t care about the numbers saying, “The issue now is not just nominal wage growth,” pointing instead to inflation and, again, healthcare.
It seems as though Perez really doesn’t care that the economy is doing well if his party won’t receive the credit.