Few people ever accuse the mainstream media — outside of Fox News — of being pro-President Trump. But for one CNBC reporter, she wasn’t indicating that she supports him now. She was just stating what’s become blatantly obvious to her.
“How do you not re-elect this guy?” correspondent Jane Wells asked rhetorically during an interview on Fox 11 Los Angeles, according to Mediaite.
“We do have a trade war, prices will probably go up on a few things. At the same time, US Steel is just firing up a defunct plant in the U.S. because demand for domestic steel is now up because of these tariffs,” Wells had started out by saying.
“I am the sort of person that says you may not like this president, he has broken the mold, but if by 2020 we have GDP growth near 4 percent, we’ve got a market like this, we’ve got record low unemployment, we’ve got more jobs than job applicants,” she admitted, according to IJR.
“And even our allies say, ‘We don’t like you, but let’s do something to make trade. We’ve got to have you, and our trade deficit starts to shrink,” she continued. “And maybe we have peace in Korea. How do you not re-elect this guy, even if you think he’s a buffoon?”
Wells is an L.A.-based writer who often reports on businesses and successful entrepreneurs — especially people who break the mold.
Asked about critics’ accusations that Trump is racist and sexist, Wells replied, “People are going to say, ‘I don’t like him, he’s a racist, he’s a misogynist, poor illegal immigrants, but I am doing better than I was four years ago. America is safer than it was four years ago. The economy is doing better. There are more jobs.’”
She continued, “And I just don’t know how that gets defeated, because ‘it's the economy, stupid.’”
The other guests during the televised interview didn’t address Wells’ praise of Trump but immediately pivoted back to calling the president a racist and a liar. Trump’s roaring economy is certainly a difficult topic for the president’s detractors in the media to address or criticize.
Among the accomplishments listed for Trump’s first 500 days in office, nearly 3 million jobs have been created, including over 300,000 manufacturing jobs and around 337,000 construction jobs.
The unemployment rate has dropped to 3.8 percent, the lowest in 18 years. Americans are optimistic about finding good jobs, and tax cuts are giving individuals and businesses more money to reinvest in the economy.
It’s gotten so bad for Trump’s critics that HBO host Bill Maher even disgustingly suggested that Americans drive their country into a recession as a way to keep Trump from getting reelected.