A Democratic senator who publicly claims the economy is “moving in the right direction” under President Joe Biden placed a bet against the U.S. economy last month, according to Senate financial disclosures.
Sen. Tom Carper (D., Del.), who once punched his former wife in the face hard enough to give her a black eye , disclosed this week a purchase of up to $110,000 in shares of Ranger Equity Bear ETF, a fund that shorts stocks on the expectation that the market will decline. Investors often use short funds as a hedge against economic downturns.
The trades suggest Carper is far more bearish on the economy than he lets on in public. In July, Carper credited Biden with moving the economy “in the right direction.” On Oct. 7, he claimed the president’s “leadership” was to thank for a “huge” increase in jobs. Carper and his second wife purchased shares of the short fund on Oct. 10, according to his financial disclosures.
A Carper spokeswoman says all the family’s transactions are handled independently by a financial adviser.
“Senator Carper and his wife, Martha, have always been careful to ensure that their financial investments are handled separately by a financial advisor who makes decisions and transactions independently,” the spokeswoman said.
Democrats have scrambled to spin the economy in positive terms ahead of the midterm elections, in which they are expected to suffer heavy losses amid growing concerns over the economy and inflation. In a speech last week, Biden denied the economy is headed toward a recession and claimed “our economic recovery is continuing to power forward.”
“As I have said before, it is never a good bet to bet against the American people,” said Biden.
Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, made the trades amid growing bipartisan support to ban members of Congress from trading public […]
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