During a town hall broadcast by Fox News on Thursday night there was a discussion about the national debt, which has soared during the Trump administration.
This, despite the fact that Donald Trump promised to not just eliminate the deficit (which was last accomplished by Bill Clinton), but also the entire national debt. Of course, as soon as he was elected, Trump cut taxes for the rich (like himself) and corporations, and increased military spending dramatically.
Republicans have never tried to hide the fact that they want the deficit to increase so they can cut entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. But it was still a surprise that Fox News host Martha MacCallum pointed out “if you don’t cut something in entitlements, you’ll never really deal with the debt.”
Even more surprising, Trump blurted out in response, “Oh, we’ll be cutting. We’re also going to have growth like you’ve never seen before.” Of course, instead we just had the largest drop in the Dow Jones index in history. That’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which Trump is pretending doesn’t exist.
But here’s the really hypocritical part. Immediately afterwards, the White House went into full spin mode, denying that Trump didn’t say what we all heard with our ears. Here’s Kellyanne Conway claiming that Trump didn’t say that, even though Fox News played the clip of Trump saying it (skip ahead to 2:30 for the relevant parts if you can’t stand to listen to Conway for very long):