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Day 77: Eric Trump Surrogating Wrong on Time-Traveling Syrian Refugees

When you’re family, and family is practically all the Trump Campaign™ has going for it in the Surrogate Department, it’s important to get it right.  Eric Trump isn’t:

“I mean, wages have been stagnant for the last 15 years and it’s because you have, you know, Syrian refugees coming in. It’s because you have, you know, thousands of people coming over the border. I mean, Americans are suffering because of it, and that’s his point,” Eric Trump said on Fox & Friends, explaining his father’s views on immigration.

So much wrong here!

First of all, “coming over the border?”  We have a border with Syria now?

Because I was not aware of that.

Second, “wages have been stagnant for the last 15 years?”  Nope.

Compensation for the median worker, or the person making exactly the middle of compensation, adjusted for inflation, grew just 8.7 percent between 1973 and 2014, or a 0.2 percent annual rate. Yet net productivity grew at a 1.33 percent annual pace in the same time. Things have gotten even worse since 2000: net productivity has grown 21.6 percent since then, yet inflation-adjusted compensation for the median worker grew just 1.8 percent.

Finally, the whole “Syrian refugees coming in” — that’s more a problem because of the time-travel, Eric:

But we’ve not had masses of Syrian refugees coming to this country for 15 years, either. The Syrian refugee crisis has only heated up since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. During that time, the United States has endeavored to provide refuge for Syrians fleeing certain death. But of the some 5 million Syrians who have left their country, very few have made it to these shores.

Eric Trump, you Patrick Bateman lookalike: — if you know about Syrian refugees who’ve caused wage stagnation, either for the last 15 years or since the 1970s, the issue isn’t that they are Syrian and stealing Americans’ jobs.  They’ve only been refugee-ing since 2011.

The issue is that they are time travelers.

Alert the media, sure; but prioritize what you alert the media about, okay, bucko?  Important stuff first.  Like time travel!