Former President Donald Trump took a snarky swipe at Fox News’s Jessica Tarlov on Friday after “The Five” co-host claimed on Thursday that he is “personally responsible” for “about 30% of the national debt.”
The panel was discussing the national debt when co-host Dana Perino said, “So much in spending that you cause inflation and then look back and say this was all caused by the Trump tax cuts of 2017. That doesn’t make any sense. Biden wants to run his last campaign and the media shouldn’t let him do it.”
(Video: Fox News)
Co-host Jeanine Pirro tossed the discussion to Tarlov, the liberal of the group.
“All right. So I’ll go right to you, Jessica,” she said. “I mean, didn’t Joe Biden go on the biggest spending spree in American history?”
According to Tarlov, Trump was the big spender, and Biden is cleaning up his mess.
“No. Donald Trump actually spent a lot more than him,” she stated. “So Donald Trump is personally responsible as the president for about 30% of the national debt. And I believe Joe Biden’s brought it down by 1.4 trillion since he’s been in office.”
Over the ensuing crosstalk, Perino could be heard saying, “When the Covid money went out,” as co-host Jesse Watters interjected with, “that’s the deficit.”
“You asked a question,” Tarlov said. “I answered it.”
And then, she doubled down.
“Donald Trump is responsible for more of the national debt than Joe Biden is. Period. End of story,” she insisted. “Those are what the numbers say.”
We also had a good jobs report today or a good economic report. And I know Brian, you spoke about it this morning on Fox and Friends. 2.9%, fourth quarter growth, 2.1% increase in consumer spending. Those are good indicators when people are talking about all the layoffs. The layoffs are in one sector — in tech.
And basically, they’re right-sizing the fact that they overhired in 2021, 2021, sorry, and 2022. So they’re going back to the mean there. They paid people way too much. Give people big fancy titles. They couldn’t afford to do that.
So I’m not for calling everybody a MAGA Republican. I know that was part of what he was talking about today. And he does have an economic record to run on and he does have the fact that you have important representatives, so much so that people thought that he could be speaker, this Kevin Hern, who said, we have to make these we have to make hard decisions about what’s going on with Social Security and Medicare. And he’s part of a conference of 160 conservative Republicans who have said that they want to look at changing the retirement age.
The Republicans, she stated, need to get their own house in order if they don’t like what the Democrats are saying.
“That’s something that [South Carolina Rep.] Nancy Mace, for instance — a Republican — said is an absolute nonstarter. Nonstarter,” she said of the retirement age. “McCarthy said that as well.”
“But get your caucus in line if you don’t want Democrats talking about the fact that there are people in your conference — who are important to you, by the way — saying that we should raise the retirement age,” she stated. “People are going to pay attention to it, and they’re going to vote accordingly.”
On Friday, Trump hit back on Truth Social, taking a dig at Tarlov’s “knowingly wrong” facts as well as her “unendurable” voice.
Donald Trump reviews “The Five” on Fox News 😂 pic.twitter.com/4VyMjftHV4
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 27, 2023
“REVIEW: I really like The Five on FoxNews, especially the hosts, with the exception of wacky Jessica Tarlov, who is absolutely terrible,” he wrote. “Her facts are knowingly wrong, her jittery presentation is horrendous and, forgive me, her VOICE is grating and unendurable.”
“Juan Williams was terrible, but better than her,” Trump declared. “I know the show is doing well, but no thanks to Jessica. I find her impossible to take in large doses, & put out this ‘REVIEW’ because it is important to expose Fake News, & Fake People!”
While many jumped on Trump, accusing him of being “sexist,” others found his review spot-on.
“My dog leaves the room when she hears Tarlov talking,” one Twitter user stated. “This tickles me to no end.”
My dog leaves the room when she hears Tarlov talking. This tickles me to no end.
— ßabs (@Babsicola) January 27, 2023
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