Fears of another financial meltdown in the United States and across the globe sent the hashtag #TrumpRecession to the top of Twitter's trending list on Wednesday as commentators and lawmakers pinned the diving stock market on the president's economic agenda, including his reckless trade war with China.
"Why did the Dow drop over 700 points this morning and why is #TrumpRecession trending? Because the yield on the 10-year Treasury note broke below the 2-year rate," tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). "This inverted yield curve has historically signaled an approaching recession."
As Common Dreams reported earlier Wednesday, the inverted yield curve—which has predicted every major recession over the past five decades—sparked warnings from economists that a major economic downturn could be just around the corner.
On Twitter, Wajahat Ali, a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times, rattled off several of Trump's failed promises that preceded fears of another crash.
"Trump promised to eliminate the debt in four years; he increased it," Ali tweeted. "He promised to win the easy trade war with China; he didn't. He promised Mexico would pay for the wall; it won't. His tax cuts were going to trickle down and spur the economy; it didnt. #TrumpRecession."
Others echoed Ali:
"Trump came along and deregulated everything, weakening the post-Great Recession laws meant to curb Wall Street abuses, and authorizing a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans without paying for a cent of it." #TrumpRecession https://t.co/D8FPONBsf3
— Swing Left (@swingleft) August 14, 2019
ICYMI: Trump accuses China of currency manipulation because their currency devalued in the wake of his tariffs. However this accusation has no basis in fact. Instead, Trump's trade war only increases the likelihood of a recession #TrumpRecession https://t.co/bcWX0FpprZ
— The Real News (@TheRealNews) August 14, 2019
The #TrumpRecession is gonna be YUGE. The ‘good’ news is that the 1% won’t be affected that much - they’ve been able to stow away their windfall from the #TaxScam to soften the blow. https://t.co/cAPGFot8YA
— Nick Knudsen (@DemWrite) August 14, 2019
An anonymous senior White House official insisted to Politico on Wednesday "there is no recession coming" despite all of the warning signs, but economists and other analysts are not nearly as confident.
Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank, told the Washington Post that "yield curves are all crying timber that a recession is almost a reality, and investors are tripping over themselves to get out of the way."