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WSJ Tries And Fails To Find One Living White House Economist That Supports Trump

To be fair, it is unclear if any dead members of the White House Council of Economic Advisers support The Donald.

Donald Trump is a little bit aware that the media might not be on his side these days:

But in trying to prove him wrong, one bastion of the far-left pinko liberal media has mistakenly added to the pile-on. What did you do, The Wall Street Journal?

The Wall Street Journal this month reached out to all 45 surviving former members of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under the past eight presidents, going back to Richard Nixon, to get their views on this year’s presidential election.

45? Going back to Nixon through Ford, Reagan and both Bushes? That's a lot of conservative economizing going on right there. So how many of those dandruffy abacus jockeys want to Make America Great Again?

Among 17 Republican appointees who responded to Journal inquiries, none said they supported Mr. Trump. Six said they did not support Mr. Trump and 11 declined to say either way. An additional six did not respond to repeated messages. 


But even worse for both The Journal and The Donald, some of these old guard Republican economists even went the 'Full Rickles' on the GOP nominee:

“I have known personally every Republican president since Richard Nixon,” said Harvard University economist Martin Feldstein, who chaired the council under President Ronald Reagan. “They all showed a real understanding of economics and international affairs….Donald Trump does not have that understanding and does not seem to be concerned about it. That alone disqualifies him in my judgment.”

DAMN, Feldstein! You nasty.

To win support from Richard Schmalensee, dean emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a council member under President George H.W. Bush, Mr. Trump “would have to change both many of his positions and his character,” Mr. Schmalensee said.

You feel that Mr. Trump? The conservative dean of MIT's business school just said that he doesn't like your ideas or your face. That's what the kids call "Getting Schmalanseed."

And some of these guys didn't even go after Trump privately. One of them kept it 100 and blogged it, the economist version of a diss track.

Harvard University economist Gregory Mankiw, who chaired the council under George W. Bush and has been mentioned as a possible future Fed chairman, said recently on his blog that he would not support Mr. Trump.
“I have Republican friends who think that things couldn’t be worse than doubling down on Obama policies under Hillary Clinton. And, like them, I am no fan of the left’s agenda of large government and high taxes,” Mr. Mankiw wrote. “But they are wrong: Things could be worse. And I fear they would be under Mr. Trump.”

It will be fun to watch Trump attack the WSJ on Twitter for this story, if only because this election cycle has gotten so historically batshit that we will barely register how strange it is to watch a GOP nominee lash out at the Wall Street Journal in August of an election year.

Economists Who’ve Advised Presidents Are No Fans of Donald Trump [WSJ]



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