Trump says he hopes any economic crisis occurs in 2024 so he won’t be blamed. | ET REALITY

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Former President Donald J. Trump said in an interview Monday that he believed the economy would collapse and that he hoped that would happen next year so that the blame would fall on President Biden’s administration.

“We have an economy that is very fragile, and the only reason it is working now is because it is taking advantage of the gases of what we did,” Trump told conservative commentator Lou Dobbs on an interview aired Monday night on MyPillow founder Mike Lindell’s platform. “The fumes are just escaping. And when there is a crisis, I hope it will be in the next 12 months, because I don’t want to be Herbert Hoover.”

President Hoover presided over the stock market crash of 1929 that started the Great Depression.

Trump hopes to capitalize on voters’ economic concerns, as several polls have shown that voters trust him and other Republicans more than Biden to handle the economy. In the interview, he criticized Biden and congressional Democrats’ spending on infrastructure and renewable energy.

Biden’s campaign has been frustrated by the disconnect between positive economic indicators (including strong GDP growth, job growth and higher wages) and negative public opinion. Many Americans are still struggling to get by, mortgage rates are high, and while inflation has fallen significantly from the 2022 peaks, those price increases still weigh heavily on voters’ minds.

White House spokesman Andrew Bates condemned Trump’s comments expecting a slowdown and said the former president’s policies would “worse inflation with tax giveaways to wealthy special interests.”

“The duty of a commander in chief is to always put the American people first, never expect working families to suffer economic suffering for his own political gain,” Bates said. “Republican officials should welcome the economic progress President Biden is making, rather than revealing twisted truths that would shrink the American middle class in the name of their own cynical interests.”

Peter Panadero contributed reports.

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