Trump and His Allies’ Batshit New Rallying Cry: Media Creating Recession to Swing 2020 to Democrats squib

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For years, President Trump has discussed with his advisers—with a hint of worry—the possibility of an economic recession occurring on his watch. 

Ever since early 2017, he’s made it plain to aides that he understands how a recession can cripple, or destroy, a presidency. Trump has also long made it abundantly clear that if a recession does happen, he knows exactly whom to blame: chiefly, his enemies in the media, and a Federal Reserve chairman whom he’s privately compared to an inept golfer.

According to three people who’ve spoken to Trump about recessions and the American economy since 2017, the president has repeatedly voiced concerns—or bitter annoyance—about what he views as media outlets’ ability, or even alleged desire, to help create economic recession through self-fulfilling prophecy.

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