n recent days, media coverage has been relatively centered around the claims made in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Former Fox News host Eric Bolling tweeted Friday that detractors needed a “shiny object” to take away from President Donald Trump’s economic success:
“The Ellen Show” producer Andy Lassner sarcastically responded, “Yeah that’s it. Lol.”
Bolling asked if Lassner denied that Trump has improved the economy, which is largely being ignored:
Ok let’s dance… do you deny the economy has raged under @realDonaldTrump? And that the left leaning media chooses to ignore that and instead- linger on Russia and a book filled with inaccuracies supported by questionable sources? https://twitter.com/andylassner/status/949505594548891649 …
Lassner took a pass on his offer to “dance” and alleged the economic success America is experiencing under Trump is “continuing the upward trend clearly started by President Obama.”
Bolling countered that under both former President Barack Obama and his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, “wages were stagnant.”
Andy, wages were stagnant for years under both Obama and Bush 43. In @realDonaldTrump first year, wages jumped 2.5%. That’s real money to most American who aren’t Hollywood elites. #NotTiredOfWinning #maga. https://twitter.com/andylassner/status/949647644657201153 …
Then, he used statistics and the American public to drive home a point about the impact of a successful economy.
“In [Donald Trump]’s first year, wages jumped 2.5 [percent],” he tweeted. “That’s real money to most American (sic) who aren’t Hollywood elites.”
While Lassner initially fired back with a dig at Bolling being let go from Fox News, the two quickly found common ground based on a shared personal experience.
After Bolling explained he parted “amicably” with Fox News at the same time his son died of an accidental overdose, the producer made an admission of his own:
We separated “amicably” (per their statement). My son died from an accidental opioid overdose the same day (Fentanyl was found in a Xanax he took). So my mission is to make parents aware of the dangers of opioids before it’s too late for them. But thanks for asking. https://twitter.com/andylassner/status/949655068977938432 …
My genuine, and deepest condolences about your son. I am a recovering heroin addict. I had no idea. I disagree with you on so much, especially Trump, but my heart breaks for you and I offer you only love and comfort going forward. Your new work is nothing but admirable.
The back-and-forth concluded with Bolling inviting Lassner to “join our group” to help others and expressing his pride in the producer for “staying away from that demon.”