Biden and Trump have just released new commercials. We actually checked both of them.

The Biden campaign is launching two advertisements in the battlegrounds, one focusing on reducing social tensions in the US and the other attacking the administration over social security funds.
President Donald Trump’s campaign ads advance the idea that the worst parts of the epidemic are behind us. It focuses on the last remaining issues such as the reopening of schools, the continued high level of cases and the progress of the still-lost vaccine in 11.5 million jobs and job creation.

This ad takes a look at some of the misleading claims made in the blitz.

social Security

In one of his advertisements, Biden states that Trump is proposing to abolish the tax “paying for about half that.” [of] No social security for that lost revenue. ”

Biden is referring to Trump’s comments on the payroll tax, which according to the Social Security Administration, accounted for 89% of Social Security income in 2019.

Fact First: While it is true that Trump has suggested doing away with the payroll tax, his remarks are misleading. He has stated that he will waive any deferred payroll tax and also that he will abolish the tax altogether. Trump has suggested that economic development would cover the cost of eliminating the tax, which is highly questionable.

On August 8, Trump signed an executive action to allow employers to temporarily suspend the payroll tax of some employees – which is 6.2% of his salary. It also left the possibility of waiving the postponed tax down the road.
As reported by CNN, many business leaders have argued against pushing Trump to remove payroll taxes, arguing that workers could be enforced due to more arrears in taxes.
The Office of the Chief Executive of the Social Security Administration recently conducted an analysis at the request of Democratic senators, which would discuss the implications of abolishing the payroll tax. It was found that the Social Security Trust Fund could be liquidated in 2023 with no new source of revenue.

“Ending payroll tax”

At an August 12 press conference, Trump said that, if he was reelected, “we will abolish the payroll tax. So that means there will be anywhere more than $ 5,000 per family.”

Earlier in the press conference, Trump said that if he is elected, “will completely and completely waive all kinds of deferred payroll taxes, in any way, shape or form, to hurt Social Security.” Delivering – That money is going to come from the General Fund. ”

Later, Fox News’ John Roberts asked Trump “If you permanently save the payroll tax, how do you pay for protection?”

Trump said “we’re taking it out of the general fund” later suggested that “tremendous” economic growth would cover the loss of payroll taxes.

With the General Fund already immersed in trillions of dollars of debt, paired with the fact that the payroll tax brings more than a third of federal revenue, some saw Trump’s belief that economic growth was in the imagination Can retrieve as.

Additionally, only Congress can abolish the payroll tax and it’s unclear whether the House is controlled by Democrats and the difficulty of rallying Senate Republicans behind such a proposal is how Trump will get rid of the tax by the end of the year .

White House staffers have argued that Trump did not mean he would work to abolish the payroll tax altogether but would waive any deferred payroll taxes.


After postponing the vaccine trial and the progress of job numbers, the Trump campaign ad says “But Joe Biden wants to change that,” and a clip from Biden says “I’ll shut it down.”

“Why would we let Biden kill countless American businesses, jobs and our economic future?” Advertisement in progress.

Fact First: this is confusing. Biden was responding to a hypothetical scenario, not proposing a national shutdown.

The clip comes from an August 21 ABC interview where Biden was asked what experts would have done to shut him down if he had been president. “I’ll shut it down. I’ll listen to the scientists,” said Biden.

You can read the full exchange here.

Biden did not suggest that America should be shut down now. Additionally, the President cannot unilaterally shut down the country. They can offer guidance and take other measures, but states have limited their power to control the restrictions they impose.

CNN’s Tara Subramaniam contributed to this article.