Media critic

President Trump addresses the crowd during CPAC (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

As a candidate, Donald Trump famously called into question the government’s official unemployment numbers. “Such a phony number,” said Trump in a 2015 news conference with regard to the then-5.1 percent rate. On a subsequent occasion, he said, “the five percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in modern politics.”

Today President Trump retweeted a post citing a Bloomberg report based on Labor Department numbers: “U.S. Jobs, Pay Show Solid Gains in Trump’s First Full Month.”

Smart to this discrepancy, CNBC’s Eamon Javers at Friday’s White House press briefing asked press secretary Sean Spicer about Trump’s evolution. Response: “I talked to the president prior to this and he said to quote him very clearly. They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.”

“Hahahahaha!” went the room.

What was so funny? Team Trump’s mastery at destroying public confidence in governmental institutions for their own political gain?