The president made the remark in a tweet on Saturday night in which he also claimed his Democratic rival would cause the markets to “CRASH”.
“Biden to raise taxes by 3 Trillion Dollars.” Actually, it will be much more than that, and much of it on nonsense. Markets and your 401k’s will CRASH. Jobs will disappear!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2020
More than 30 million Americans were receiving unemployment checks in the week ending July 11 and in March US stock markets saw their biggest drops on record – all on Trump’s watch.
The response to Trump’s tweet was one of disbelief.
You already made the jobs disappear, sweetie. pic.twitter.com/AqXPev5Xc7— Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈 (@JediCounselor) August 1, 2020
"Jobs will disappear," says the guy who wiped out all of the job gains since the Great Recession.— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) August 1, 2020
Trump is trailing in the polls to Biden, and his tweets lately have taken an increasingly outlandish turn as his presidency is upended by the coronavirus crisis.
One person in the US died about every minute from Covid-19 on Wednesday as the national death toll surpassed 150,000, the highest in the world.
Trump has already stated that he might not accept the result of the election if he loses and he has singled out mail-in voting which he is targeting with the very same kind of disinformation US authorities have warned foreign adversaries could use to foment doubt in the voting process.
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
For weeks now Trump has tweeted multiple times, unfounded claims that it will lead to a “RIGGED ELECTION” as foreign countries try and hijack his presidency.
There are multiple safeguards in place and mail-in voting has been used for decades without any problems.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.