White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday slammed the Democrats for their advocation of “socialism” in the face of the “thriving” capitalist economy under President Donald Trump.
During an interview on Fox News’ “Watters’ World”, host Jesse Watters brought up the “massive” gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter that was published earlier this month as well as the 263,000 new jobs added in April that left economists “shocked” yet again.
Sanders responded by saying the White House was “not surprised” by the great numbers because they “know the president’s policies are working” and that they hoped to keep on “push[ing]” Trump’s policy agenda “for the next six years.”
Watters then asked the press secretary about the Democrat’s penchant for “socialism” with the political crisis currently underway in Venezuela, which Sanders said was “truly mind-boggling.”
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“It’s truly mind-boggling. I don’t know why anyone would vote for a system that they are literally watching crumble before their very eyes. Particularly [while] under one that is working so well.”
“Under this president,” continued Sanders, “[the] American economy is booming, we’re thriving, and we’re doing better than we’ve done in a long time.”
Sanders’ comment appears to be in reference to Venezuela, which saw an eventful week last week after the Washington Post reported that Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó’s attempt at turning the military against Maduro did not go as planned. Guaidó has been recognized as the interim President of Venezuela by 54 nations over President Nicolás Maduro.
The U.S. economy did incredibly well in the first quarter of 2019, boasting a 3.2 percent GDP growth rate according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Additionally, on Friday the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the first quarter of 2019 saw the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969, hitting an incredible 3.6 percent.