Comrade Stupid moved on those job numbers like a bitch, to coin a phrase, probably with a TicTac freshly popped.
Anyhow, the federal government releases a report on jobs on the first Friday of each month, and Prznint Stupid is given early access to the report, and was told to keep his yap shut until 8:30 AM, so of course…
Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018
So for those of us keeping track at home, Trump’s tweet suggesting that traders would be excited about the (soon to be released) jobs numbers? That may have broken federal law:
If he tipped it, potus just broke the law https://t.co/8MDJZAS22j
— Austan Goolsbee (@Austan_Goolsbee) June 1, 2018
Don’t believe Goolsbee? what about this dude:
If during the Clinton or Obama Administrations there had been a statement from @POTUS or anyone senior official in the morning before the Employment Report it would have been a major scandal—with all sorts of investigations following on.
— Lawrence H. Summers (@LHSummers) June 1, 2018
Noted dapper dresser National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow told us that he had given Comrade Stupid the good news, which Trump was clearly telegraphing:
“It’s my call whether to send [the numbers] over to the president. That’s just what I did last evening…he chose to tweet…I don’t think he gave anything away.”
So what’s the big deal about tipping the good news an hour early, you ask?
Jason Furman,Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for the Obama administration:
“It’s market moving and it creates instability and uncertainty in markets. But secondly, and fundamentally, it’s really important that government statistics are perceived as being nonpartisan, nonpolitical data.”
In other words, it’s possible insider trading, but, you know, with the Fourth Reich, grifting is literally part of its DNA (Hi Ivanka!), so somehow what would be a scandal in any other administration is just another day at the beach.
I’ll wager 500 Quatloos that The Villagers will have moved on by Monday.