Rahm Emanuel is known as a strong political strategist. Through his years he’s been in Congress, worked for two Presidents, and is exiting as mayor of the third largest city in America. Democrats often turn to him for direction, particularly when it comes to how to frame narratives for the media.
In an interview on Morning Joe, Emanuel tried to unveil a buzzword that Democrats can use over the next two years to help them dethrone President Trump. He wants them to invoke the phrase “Trump slump” when economic hard times begin. It was meant as a future term for Democrats to use when the economy starts to slide, but host Elise Jordan took it to mean that we’re in a slump now.
Jordan: “Mayor, you describe the economy as being in a Trump slump.”
Jordan: “What are the economic indicators that have led you to draw this assessment?”
Emanuel: “Well, you, first of all of you’re going to start, I said you start to describe it that way.”
A talented orator, Emanuel eventually got his footing and started spinning, but he was noticeably stumbling in his response. He started invoking the GM layoffs but quickly changed course as if remembering GM CEO Mary Marra said one of the reasons she was doing the layoffs now is because the economy is so strong.
The takeaway: There is no “Trump slump.” Democrats like Emanuel hope for one before the 2020 election, at which point they’ll be able to pick up his clever play on words and use the President’s name against him.
It’s a sad testament to the Democratic Party that they’re so thirsty for power they actually hope the economy turns bad and millions of Americans are hurt in the process so they can have a better chance of getting their power back.
The portion of the video to watch starts at the 7:07 mark.