The Democratic Party, unsure how best to promote itself or attack President Donald Trump, failed to put forward a unified message on new employment numbers the federal government released on Friday.
“Today’s jobs report shows that President Obama’s bold policies and long-term economic investments are still paying off,” declared Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez in an official statement. “But while the economy continues to see steady growth, Trump is putting everything at risk.”
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But senior congressional Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, suggested the numbers were bad news — sure indicators of the failures of the White House.
“White House & @HouseGOP have no jobs plan & have failed working families. The impact is clear. #JobsReport,” tweeted Pelosi along with a link to her official statement on the report.
“August’s jobs report shows that Americans still aren’t getting the bigger paychecks they deserve. Hard-working men and women across America are being left behind by a Republican White House and Congress that have no jobs plan and have failed to demonstrate a true commitment to working families,” her statement read.
Schumer responded similarly. “Today’s jobs report showing slower job growth and stagnant wages is disappointing,” he tweeted.
Republicans were quick to showcase the confusion among Democrats.
“Is today’s jobs report a good one for which we should praise President Obama? Or is it not so good and President Trump is to blame? I’m confused,” said the Republican National Committee’s research director and deputy communications director, Michael Reed, in a blast to media. “Maybe this is just another case of more Democrat division?”
Perez’s account published his tweet at about 7:38 a.m. Eastern Time. Pelosi’s tweet was published approximately 10 minutes prior, at 7:27 a.m. ET. Schumer’s was published nearly a full hour before Perez’s — at 6:41 a.m. ET.
The DNC had the better part of an hour to coordinate its response to the jobs report with congressional Democrats, and apparently no one in the organization even bothered to check what Reps. Pelosi and Schumer were saying.
Most economic analysts suggested the jobs report was fairly positive, though underwhelming. While growth has slowed slightly since July, it has not stopped. A total of 156,000 more jobs were added, the unemployment rate continues to be at or near historic lows, and there has been a significant increase in the number of construction and manufacturing jobs.
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