Martha MacCallum: Jobs report is ‘vindication’ for ‘lockdown rebellion’ – even in the Ozarks

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Fox News host Martha MacCallum connected the dots between the opposition to coronavirus lockdowns and the stellar jobs report that was just released.

The host of “The Story” weighed in on the latest U.S. job numbers that were released on Friday, saying that the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for May proved to be “vindication” for all of those Americans who engaged in a form of “lockdown rebellion” across the country.

(Source: Fox News)

After repeated warnings from the liberal media and Democrats of doom and an inevitable recession with 20% unemployment in the country, blaming President Trump and his supposed mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, critics had to eat their words as the latest report showed a surprising turnaround.

As Trump has been promising Americans throughout the unprecedented virus outbreak, the U.S. economy is poised to make an impressive recovery. And as businesses began to reopen, and local leaders began to ease the pandemic lockdown orders, the BLS report released Friday showed that 2.5 million jobs were added to the economy last month and unemployment dropped to 13.3 percent.

“I think it’s an interesting assessment on the lockdown rebellion,” MacCallum said while co-hosting “The Five” on Friday. “A lot of people fought back. They wanted to get back to work. They wanted things to reopen,”

“We’ve seen in cases all across the country that, where that happened and those governors were vilified for the most part, the cases seem to be under control in those areas,” MacCallum said.

“Even the Ozarks, where the, you know, all those kids were partying and everybody was obviously concerned about the proximity that they were in, at least at this point, does not appear to have registered an increase in cases in that area,” she added, referring to the mass pool party in Missouri last month.

Videos and photos went viral and sparked a backlash as the pool at the Lake of the Ozarks drew a packed crowd on the Memorial Day weekend. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office in southern Missouri issued a statement explaining that “social distancing is not a crime” and consequently, no arrests were made. Missouri state officials noted this week that no new COVID-19 cases had emerged, despite warnings from critics of the pool party.

“It is, I think, of vindication of that movement, loosely held movement, across the country,” MacCallum said on Friday.

“And I do think that it’s obviously a boon for President Trump, who seems to be in a much better mood than he was earlier this week, which was a very tough week for him on a number of fronts,” she added, referring to the wave of protests and rioting that erupted in major cities across the nation following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Fox News host noted that a rebounding U.S. economy is not good news for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who would try to use the negative numbers – that were due to a pandemic and not Trump’s own doing – in his campaign to win in November.

“I think that, you know, the energy that he lacks when he talks about the economy in the future is a problem for him,” she said.

Biden naturally found a way to deflate the optimism over the job numbers, accusing the president of prematurely taking a victory lap.

“He’s out there spiking the ball, completely oblivious to the tens of millions of people who are facing the greatest struggle of their lives,” the former vice president said in a speech Friday that prompted mockery on social media.

“I think things are going to intensify,” MacCallum told her fellow co-hosts.

“And I think that the economy, if there’s all, you know, all indications in terms of what we’re seeing, indicate that that is going to continue to go up,” she added.

“There’s going to be some jobs that don’t ever come back. So there are more layers to this story that I think are going to play out that are going to be tough for the economy and certain sectors,” MacCallum concluded. “But, you know, overall, this is obviously really good news, very surprising news today.”


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