Then why the economic cheer-leading for Trump over GDP? Corona wasn't what caused the economic crash either. That just helped it along.
Not much from here on RVF, largely from Trump and his POTUS branding, as it is easy to pump up economic gains. Plus, there was a reality where Mainstreet saw gains as well. Incomes were going up; people were starting businesses, more money in the family's pockets. Straightforward metrics for simple folks were improving, so it was easy bait for Trump to latch onto.
GDP =\= Mainstreet Americans seeing improvements and gains, but there is not really an easy way to describe this. You can describe all these things easy if you see gains in the mentioned items below:
These are easy elements people can grasp. Trying to explain that shifts in bond markets, CPI Inflation, or other esoteric economic jargon, people won't understand.
Trump: "Incomes way up! Big job growth!"
Avg American:: "Yes, I just got a new job with a good pay increase and my buddy who I play ball with; the same thing."
That is easy for a simple American to connect - no jargon or charts needed.