President Donald Trump on Monday fabricated a false quote to slam former President Barack Obama while touting his own economic achievements.
“President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP,” stated President Obama. I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! We have just begun.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018
Glenn Kessler, a Washington Post Fact Checker, immediately debunked Trump’s invented quote, writing on Twitter: “Not only did Obama never say this, but Obama topped 5% in one quarter, so who has the bigger magic wand?”
Not only did Obama never say this, but Obama topped 5% in one quarter, so who has the bigger magic wand? https://t.co/RALoEcQquj
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) September 10, 2018
ThinkProgess reporter Aaron Rupar tweeted:
Obama never said this. Trump is fabricating quotes. https://t.co/5AVdtPcrwM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 10, 2018
Mediaite notes that Obama made a reference to a “magic wand” at a PBS town hall in 2016, when criticizing Trump’s claims about bringing back jobs:
“Well, how exactly are you going to do that? What exactly are you going to do? There’s no answer to it. He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.”
Trump’s fabricated Obama quote appears to be based on a Fox News segment that aired a few minutes before his tweet. While discussing Obama’s effort to take credit for the strong economy under Trump, Washington Free Beacon writer Elizabeth Harrington said that during the 2016 election, Obama “said that Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% growth.”
— America’s Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) September 10, 2018
Obama’s comment actually referred to unemployment, not GDP growth.