Verification of the facts: Trump makes at least 19 false and misleading claims in the wild anti-Biden monologue

Speaking in the White House rose garden, in what had been called a “press conference” in which he would make comments on China, Trump delivered a 52-minute rambunctious monologue full of pre-scripted attacks on Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

As usual, Trump’s comments were full of glaring lies and other false claims. We haven’t had a chance to review the entire transcript yet, but here’s a list of the 19 false or misleading claims we’ve counted so far:

Trump said of an Obama-era housing rule designed to counter racial segregation: “This will abolish the suburbs.”

First the facts: That does not make sense. (To be precise, it’s racially coded nonsense.) Diversifying or integrating the suburbs does not abolish the suburbs.

Biden and buildings

Trump denounced a proposal – presented by a “unitary” task force composed of people nominated by Biden and former primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders – to obtain “net” carbon emissions for all new buildings by 2030. Trump has stated that this “basically does not mean windows”.

First the facts: This too is nonsense. Buildings with an entire group of windows can have zero net emissions, which means they produce as much renewable energy as the energy they consume. And the task force proposal would not have imposed zero net buildings; rather, this would simply be a “national target”.

Biden and immigration

Trump said the Sanders-Biden task force group had proposed “to end immigration detention.”

First the facts: The task force proposed to abolish immigration detention centers in particular, not to abolish immigration detention altogether. He proposed reducing the use of immigration detention, but not getting rid of it.

The task force report said, “We believe detention should be a last resort, not a default. Democrats will prioritize investing in more effective and economic community-based alternatives to detention. We will end detention centers for the purpose of profit and we will ensure that the structure in which migrants are held is held to the highest standards of care and guarantees the safety and dignity of families. The detention of minors should be limited as soon as possible, guaranteeing access to education and proper care. ”

Obama, Biden and H1N1

Trump said Biden and President Barack Obama got bad “votes” in polls for their management of the H1N1 pandemic.

First the facts: Polls on the administration of H1N1 by the Obama administration did not ask respondents in particular Biden – and the Obama approval rating on pandemic management was significantly higher than Trump’s approval rating on the management of the coronavirus pandemic.

Obama got 57% approval on the pandemic in a CNN survey in the fall of 2009; Trump now has an average of 39% approval on the pandemic, according to an average on the political website FiveThirtyEight.

Hunter Biden’s career

Trump claimed that Biden’s son Hunter Biden did not have a job before he was appointed to the board of directors of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma, in 2014.

First the facts: Hunter Biden was busy as a lawyer for Boies Schiller Flexner, contract professor at Georgetown University and CEO of an investment company he co-founded. He was also chairman of the board of the World Food Program USA.

Fraud and correspondence voting

Trump claimed that there is a “tremendous fraud” with the postal vote.

First the facts: All the evidence shows that voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States, although it does happen sometimes; Experts say that fraud is slightly more common with the vote by mail than with the vote in person, but still represents a tiny fraction of the votes cast.

Postal voting fraud is extremely rare in part because states have systems and processes in place to prevent counterfeiting, theft and other harmful behavior. You can read the longest facts here and here.

Trump and DACA

Trump said he will deal with the DACA (postponed childcare arrivals) program “much better than the Democrats.”

First the facts: This is meaningless. Trump has repeatedly tried to end the DACA program, an Obama initiative, despite democratic vocal objections. And Trump rejected various democratic proposals to save the program even though they offered him concessions about his own priorities, such as funding a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.

The border wall

Trump claimed that his wall on the Mexican border is “almost completed”.

First the facts: “Almost” is vague, but this is an exaggeration; even on Trump’s own behalf, about half the wall is made. trump tweeted Sunday that 240 miles had been built – but that the wall will be a total of 450 miles later this year; has previously She said it wants a total length of 500 miles.
An official government update provided to CNN states that 229 miles had been built since July 2. Previous official updates have made it clear that a small fraction of the miles built – for example, three miles out of the 216 built since June 19 – have been erected where previously there were no barriers; the rest were replacement or reinforcement barriers.

Trump’s travel restrictions on Europe

Trump said he placed a “ban” on people from traveling from Europe during the coronavirus pandemic.

First the facts: This is an exaggeration. His journey restrictions it contained multiple exemptions: for citizens of the United States, for permanent residents, for many family members of both groups and for multiple European countries, including Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia.

Travel restrictions by Nancy Pelosi and Trump on China

Trump said that after imposing a “travel ban” on China, spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi was “dancing on the streets of Chinatown” in San Francisco.

First the facts: Trump’s restrictions on China weren’t even a “ban” – this exempted citizens, permanent members and family members policyalso – and Pelosi did not dance. You alone walked around Chinatown in February to encourage other people to visit, amid concerns about anti-Asian discrimination related to the virus.
Trump could criticize her for not taking the virus seriously enough at the time, even though he himself was claiming at the time that the virus was under control, but he continues to exaggerate what he said and did.

The European Union

Trump said that Europe “never treated us well”, so he reiterated his regular claim that the European Union was formed “to take advantage of the United States”.

First the facts: European integration experts say the EU was not created to “take advantage” of the United States. You can read more Here.

The Chinese economy

Trump claimed that the Chinese economy had been “planned” for “years and years, years and decades” before joining the World Trade Organization in late 2001. He also claimed that China had had its worst economic year in “67 years” before the coronavirus crisis.

First the facts: China had experimented significant growth in the years preceding the accession to the WTO at the end of 2001; Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics wrote in 2008: “China has been the fastest growing economy in the world for nearly three decades, expanding to 10% per year in real terms.” And China had had the worst year in 29 years, not 67, before the current crisis.

According to World Bank data, China grew 7.7% in 1999, 8.5% in 2000 and 8.3% in 2001. After joining the WTO, it grew by 9, 1% in 2002, 10.0% in 2003 and 10.1% in 2004.

The 2019 growth rate officially reported by China, 6.1%, was the lowest since 1990, 29 years earlier. While China’s official figures are unreliable, there is no basis for the “67 year old” claim; Trump habitually overstated how long China’s growth has been as slow as in 2019, constantly inflating the figure over time.

China and tariffs

Trump said, as usual, that China is paying many tariffs because of it.

First the facts: They are the American importers who pay the tariffs to the United States government. IS study after study it showed that American corporations and consumers, not people and corporations in China, bear most of the cost of Trump’s tariffs.

Coronavirus mortality

Trump said that the United States “almost” has the lowest mortality rate for coronavirus in the world.

First the facts: Although we don’t know the true mortality rate in the U.S. and other countries, since we don’t know exactly how many people have been infected with the virus, there is no basis in existing data for the claim that the U.S. is a world leader or “almost”. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States rate was 4% from Tuesday – worst of all except six of the 20 countries tracked by Johns Hopkins rates.

Coronavirus cases and tests

Trump again suggested that the United States has so many coronavirus cases just because they do so many tests. He said the United States would have fewer cases if they ran fewer tests: “If we ran half the tests, we would have half the cases.”

First the facts: Cases do not cease to exist if they are not recorded. The tests help to reduce the spread of the virus and therefore the number of cases. And tests aren’t the reason why the United States has seen a recent increase in the number of recorded cases; rather, the virus is spreading. You can read a longer fact check on Trump’s test statements Here.

Deportations to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador

Trump has touted the agreements he has made with Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, claiming that under him, unlike Obama, these countries are willing to accept criminals that the United States wants to send back.

First the facts: Trump was mixing two separate problems. While the Trump administration has entered into new agreements with all three countries in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, these agreements are related to the management of people who come to the United States seeking asylum, not to the criminals that the United States is seeking. to expel. In 2016, just before Trump’s presidency, none of the three countries were in charge list of countries that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) considered “recalcitrant” (uncooperative) to accept the return of their citizens from the United States.
You can read a longer fact check here.


Speaking of the coronavirus crisis, Trump said that initially “we had very few fans”.

First the facts: “Very few fans” is less striking than Trump’s repeated claim that no fans have been left with him, but he is still misleading at best. According to a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Trump administration inherited approximately 19,000 fans from the Obama administration, including all 16,660 of those who were ready to be deployed as of March this year; by June 23, the Trump administration had distributed less than 11,000 fans.

CNN’s Holmes Lybrand, Tara Subramaniam and Marshall Cohen contributed to this article.


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