6 Times Trump Took Credit After Doing Nothing

How hollow of a leader is President Donald Trump? For the answer to that question, look no further than the accomplishments he’s tried to claim to boost his reputation. The man can literally play no role in something good happening, yet still swoop in to declare credit anyway.

Here are some of the more glaring examples:

1. NO AIRPLANE DEATHS

Just two days into the new year, Trump tweeted: “Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!

Technically, the U.S. hasn’t had a death on a commercial plane since 2009, so it’s been a record year every year since then. More importantly, the president changed practically nothing when it came to commercial airplane laws. His most impactful move would have been to privatize air-traffic controllers, yet Congress declined to even give that idea a vote.

In other words, the credit he sought was hardly earned – not to mention an insult to the hardworking people within the airline industry who have kept passengers safe.

2. KEEPING AN AUTO FACTORY OPEN

Shortly after the election, Trump triumphantly tweeted that he had spoken with the chairman of Ford and convinced him to not close a factory in Kentucky. Seemingly, it took no real convincing since Ford said it had never given consideration to closing any plants in Kentucky in the first place.

Yes, Ford was making plans to open a facility in Mexico, but that was in addition to factories in the U.S. and would result in the loss of no American jobs. To hail this situation as a negotiating success is a farce.

3. A NEW COAL MINE

This past summer, Trump took credit for a new coal mine that opened in Pennsylvania. He seemed particularly excited to boast about a coal victory since he had campaigned on the promise of reviving the coal industry.

Alas, there’s a catch or two with this particular boast. For starters, the mine only created about 100 permanent jobs, a drop in the bucket compared to all of the coal jobs lost in the past decade. Even more damning, the mine’s opening had been planned well before the election, meaning that Trump’s presidency played no role. Oh well!

4. AMAZON JOBS

When it comes to jobs he had nothing to do with, it is clear Trump loves to jump in anyway. After Amazon celebrated a plan to hire 100,000 more full-time employees in the upcoming year and a half, Sean Spicer said, “The president-elect was pleased to play a role in that decision.”

Amazon, however, did not give credit to Trump for these jobs. In fact, Trump spent much of his campaign threatening Amazon, saying he would raise taxes on them specifically and that the company would “have such problems” if he became president.

Most likely, Trump singled out Amazon for having a monopoly and generous tax deals that he wouldn’t criticize other companies for because owner Jeff Bezos had said unkind things about him. Suffice it to say, Amazon added these jobs because it is a growing mega-corporation, not because it was excited Trump was president.

5. RNC AT CLEVELAND

Trump even wants credit for the location of the 2016 Republican National Convention. According to Trump, he told the RNC that he wanted the event to be held in Ohio and he is so influential that they acquiesced to his request and put it in Cleveland.

It’s a boast of seemingly little consequence, but it still couldn’t hold up to a fact check. Foremost, the location for the 2016 RNC was chosen in the summer of 2014, a full year before Trump ran for office. Beyond that, the RNC host committee said that none of them had heard input from Trump prior to making their selection.

6. MAKING LADY GAGA A STAR

Unsurprisingly, this behavior has been a pattern well before Trump entered the political arena. Back in 2011, Trump asserted in his book that he deserves some credit for turning Lady Gaga into a star by selecting her to perform at the Miss Universe pageant before she was all that famous.

As Trump tells it, he told his people to put her on because she’s a great talent, even though she was relatively unknown. He also alleges that Gaga became an overnight sensation after her performance on his show, with the entire world buzzing about what a great singer she was. “That was her break,” he insisted.

Perhaps Miss Universe played a role in Gaga’s eventual success, but it was another six months before the song she performed finally hit #1, suggesting she gained traction more gradually. The low ratings for the pageant would also indicate the gig did not have star-making potential.

At the very least, it seems unlikely that Gaga gives Trump credit for her fame. She’s been very critical of him on social media.

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85 comments

Marie W
Marie W5 months ago

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Danuta W
Danuta W6 months ago

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Peggy B
Peggy B6 months ago

Idiot

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Danuta W
Danuta W8 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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Clare O
Clare O9 months ago

th

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Clare O
Clare O9 months ago

weird

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Stephanie s
Stephanie Y10 months ago

He's a sociopath.

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W. C
W. C11 months ago

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William C
William C11 months ago

Not surprising, thank you.

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Mary F
Mary B11 months ago

Negative behavior gets more attention than positive! The more we focus on his "bad" behavior the more he loves the attention! When the attention dips then out comes something that he says, or does, that is even more shocking and disturbing.

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