He responded to a sequence of robust questions from Pennsylvania voters, and a few extra from moderator George Stephanopoulos, very like he responds to simple questions from his favourite conservative tv hosts — with a barrage of dishonesty.
Trump made at least 22 false or misleading claims over the hour-and-a-half occasion, based on our preliminary depend.
Here is a listing.
Downplaying the virus
Trump was requested why he downplayed the coronavirus. He responded, “Well, I didn’t downplay it. I actually — in many ways I up-played it in terms of action.”
Trump’s reward of China
Pressed about how he had initially stated China was doing a superb job dealing with the virus, Trump prompt he had not issued such reward: “No, I didn’t say one way or the other. I’m not saying one way or the other.”
Trump stated: “So I didn’t say anything bad about President Xi initially, because nobody knew much about the disease. Nobody knew the seniors are susceptible.”
Biden and the pandemic
Trump claimed opponent Joe Biden stated in March that the pandemic was “totally over-exaggerated.”
Facts First: We couldn’t discover any proof of Biden saying something like this in March.
Trump claimed that “a lot of people think that masks are not good.” Asked who these persons are, Trump stated “waiters” — citing the instance of an individual he stated had been serving him but in addition touching their masks, which “can’t be good.”
Facts First: There is an amazing scientific consensus that masks assist cut back transmission of the coronavirus. And there is no such thing as a precise proof that “waiters” usually disagree with this consensus; the instance Trump cited didn’t contain even a single waiter expressing detrimental sentiments about masks.
Trump repeated his acquainted declare that the “cupboards were bare” of ventilators when he took workplace.
Facts First: This shouldn’t be at all true. Trump inherited greater than 16,000 ventilators.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to CNN in late June that there had been about 19,000 ventilators within the nationwide stockpile for “many years,” together with 16,660 ventilators that had been prepared for quick use in March 2020. The spokesperson confirmed that none of these 16,660 had been bought by the Trump administration.
As of June 23, the Trump administration had distributed 10,760 ventilators throughout the coronavirus pandemic, a smaller quantity than the administration inherited.
Testing and instances
Told that the US has 20% of the world’s coronavirus instances and deaths, Trump stated, “We have 20% of the cases because of the fact that we do much more testing. If we wouldn’t do testing, you wouldn’t have cases. You would have very few cases.”
Travel restrictions on China and Europe
Trump claimed that he put “a ban on” China and “a ban on” Europe to handle the pandemic.
Exemptions from the restrictions
Trump stated of his critics’ feedback concerning the journey restrictions: “They say that we allowed certain people in, it’s true — but they were American citizens.”
Facts First: Again, residents weren’t the one individuals exempted. Also omitted from the prohibition had been everlasting residents; spouses of residents and everlasting residents; dad and mom or guardians of single residents or everlasting residents below age 21; single siblings below age 21 of single residents or everlasting residents below age 21; and numerous different classes of individuals.
Trump claimed that he could be “doing a health care plan” that will “protect people with pre-existing conditions.” He then stated of the Democrats, “They will not do that.”
Trump insisted to Stephanopoulos that he would put ahead a “new health care” plan that will defend individuals. But he has by no means unveiled any plan that will supply protections equal to those in Obamacare — and, regardless, his declare about Democrats is absurd.
The existence of Obamacare
Trump claimed he “essentially ended Obamacare” by repealing the person mandate that required individuals to acquire medical insurance.
Facts First: The particular person mandate, which required Americans to acquire medical insurance, was certainly a key a part of Obamacare — however Trump did not finish Obamacare, basically or in any other case; key components of the legislation stay in impact. For instance, Trump has not eradicated Obamacare’s enlargement of the Medicaid insurance coverage program for low-income individuals, the federal and state marketplaces that enable individuals to buy protection, or the buyer subsidies that assist a lot of them make the purchases.
Biden’s well being care plan
Trump prompt that Biden has agreed to undertake the “socialized” well being care advocated by Sen. Bernie Sanders: “He (Biden) agreed to the manifesto, as I call it — the agreement with Bernie is that you’re going to go to socialized medicine.”
Protests, race and policing
Black communities and police
Trump stated: “So I just saw a poll where African Americans in this country, Black communities, are 81% in favor of having more police.”
Asked about tips on how to obtain “common sense police reform,” Trump stated Republican Sen. Tim Scott had a compromise plan “that everybody pretty much agreed to” — and that “a lot of Democrats agreed to it but they wouldn’t vote for it.”
The Senate voted 55-45 to start debate on the invoice, denying Scott the 60 votes wanted. Just two Democrats and unbiased Maine Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats, voted to start debate.
Trump stated of protesters in Seattle: “They took over a big chunk of the city — 20% of the city.”
The protest was cleared out by native authorities at the start of July.
Minnesota and the National Guard
Trump once more took credit score for the National Guard deployment in Minnesota to handle violent protests following the killing of George Floyd, claiming that these protests “went on for a week or a week and a half” earlier than the governor “allowed us to bring in the National Guard.”
Facts First: Minnesota’s Democratic governor, Tim Walz, was the one who activated the Guard — and Walz, a Guard veteran, did so two days after the violent protests started, greater than seven hours earlier than Trump publicly threatened to deploy the Guard himself.
Crime in New York City
Trump stated: “Look at New York. New York was a very safe city. Rudy Giuliani did a fantastic job. The city was safe and then, all of a sudden, we have a mayor — who starts cutting the police force, and crime is up 100%, 150%. I saw one form of crime up 300%.”
For instance, New York City had 319 murders in 2019, lower than half the 649 murders of 2001; whereas 2020 is on tempo to be worse for homicide than 2019, with 305 murders as of September 6, 2020 continues to be on tempo to be a lot better than 2001.
When Stephanopoulos stated that individuals at the highest of the financial ladder, who personal shares, are doing properly, Trump interjected and stated, “George, stocks are owned by everybody.”
The departure of James Mattis
Trump compelled Mattis to depart the federal government two months sooner than the departure date Mattis had chosen upon his resignation, however that’s nonetheless not a firing.
Mattis and ISIS
Repeating extra of the identical sentiments he expressed on Fox News on Tuesday, Trump stated at the town corridor that Mattis “didn’t do good on ISIS” and that “I took over 100% of the ISIS caliphate.”
Facts First: While the ultimate remnants of the caliphate had been eradicated in March 2019, greater than two months after Mattis’s departure, it is misleading for Trump to counsel this was his personal accomplishment that Mattis had nothing to do with. Much of the progress in liberating the caliphate occurred throughout Mattis’s tenure as secretary of protection between January 2017 and January 2019.
Churchill and Trump
Defending his resolution to hide the severity of the virus from the American public, Trump once more invoked the late UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill — saying Churchill was “not so honest” when he stood on London rooftops throughout Nazi bombings and instructed the general public “everything’s going to be good,” however that he was nonetheless a “great leader” by protecting individuals calm.
Facts First: Churchill didn’t give speeches from the rooftops, although he generally did watch the bombing from rooftops, and didn’t say “everything’s going to be good” or usually play down the Nazi risk. Rather — as Churchill students have instructed CNN — he was usually blunt about the specter of loss of life and extreme struggling, warning residents repeatedly about hardships to come back.