There are excellent reasons to consider the likelihood that the reports of great economic news are not true-- that they are either direct lies or based on misleading use of statistics. This is how honest news reporters and analysts should be responding to the glowing claims coming out of the Trump government.Donald Trump has lied to the US over ten thousand times. His appointees and people he's hired have been prosecuted and sentenced or have been forced to resign for unethical behavior. Others, like White House Secretary Sarah Sanders, are known liars, still kept on the job. There is extraordinarily good reason to assume that Trump has assembled a team of liars at many levels of government.
The Jobs Repor t comes out of the Department of Labor, headed by Alexander Acosta, a Trump appointee tainted by, according to Wikipedia, "a federal non-prosecution agreement with serial child molester and influential billionaire Jeffrey Epstein -- which had been approved by Acosta a decade earlier while he was serving as US Attorney for Southern District of Florida." So Acosta is already tainted. And I'm not saying he's outright lying in generating these reports. Also, if you think that the US Secretary of Labor is a non-political appointment, consider that the previous Secretary of Labor, appointed by Barack Obama, Tom Perez, left his SoL position to become head of the DNC. It doesn't get more political.
The way I see this should be handled is to say something along these lines:
You know Trump is a pathological liar, that he's lied over 10,000 times. You know he's infested the government with a plague of corrupt, sometimes jailed appointees. Why believe the claims that the economy is doing better. Why not suspect him of lying. Ask yourself. Are YOU doing better? Is your job paying more? Are you paying less taxes? Do your kids see a brighter future with Trump? Why would you trust anything Donald Trump tells you?
Every Democratic candidate, at every level of office running should be using this message and similar messages about all the manufactured lies Trump spews daily. Candidates should be able to list at least five of Trumps biggest lies, as part of their stump speeches. And they should be using the lies and challenges to all of Trump's claims when they are on the air.