Donald Trump Jr. mocked former President Barack Obama on Saturday for his 2016 “magic wand” remark casting doubt on Donald Trump’s ability to bring back jobs.
During an interview with Breitbart News, Trump Jr. knocked Obama’s recent return to the campaign trail for the 2018 midterm elections during which he has taken credit for the success of the U.S. economy in recent years.
“The biggest joke I’ve seen in the last two years is Obama claiming credit–trying to claim this economy,” Trump Jr. said.
He went on to say consumer confidence “started going up the day my father won because they knew he wasn’t going to oppress them,” attributing that to economic success. “Okay, remember when Obama said you need a magic wand to make that happen? Well, abracadabra, Obama. We’re doing it,” he added.
“No one with a brain actually believes he did anything good for our economy or for our foreign policy,” he continued.
Trump Jr. also said he welcomed Obama being active in campaign politics, calling him Trump’s “best salesman,” and Hillary Clinton appearing at Democratic events.
“The more she’s out there, the better it is for us,” Trump Jr. said of Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump and Obama have recently been wrestling over credit for the economy.
“When you hear how great the economy is doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started,” Obama said in remarks at the University of Illinois two weeks ago.
OBAMA: "When I came into office we were losing 800k jobs a month. Millions of people were losing homes… By the time I left, household income was near its high, uninsured rates hit an all-time low. So when you hear how great the economy is, let's just remember where it started." pic.twitter.com/698WLPLNGr
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 7, 2018
Trump fired back, tweeting, “The Economy is soooo good, perhaps the best in our country’s history (remember, it’s the economy stupid!), that the Democrats are failing and lying like CRAZY!”
The Economy is soooo good, perhaps the best in our country’s history (remember, it’s the economy stupid!), that the Democrats are flailing & lying like CRAZY! Phony books, articles and T.V. “hits” like no other pol has had to endure-and they are losing big. Very dishonest people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018