WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says Mexico is paying for the wall (it is not), health care options for veterans came from him (it was not) and his tax cuts are among the most in American history. Stands as big (nowhere).
These are one of his touchstones – the lies that lie in his presidency – and he is letting them go in the last days of his tireless campaign.
They have also received fresh inaccurate content that claims “unbelievable” numbers in response to the epidemic despite record infections, rising deaths and Sunday’s statement of their chief of staff that the government cannot bring coronaviruses under control. He warned intensely about voting fraud in the November 3 election without any evidence to see what went wrong.
At the weekend rallies, Trump also portrayed Democratic rival Joe Biden as an assistant to a Marxist party who opened his pocket through Moscow with $ 3.5 million. It did not happen.
A look at the rhetoric from the weekend:
Trump: “Even without vaccines, we’re rounding the bend. It’s going to end.” – C-SPAN, on Sunday.
Trump: “We’re rounding the bend. It’s going to end ”- New Hampshire Rally Sunday.
Trump: “We’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great. Our numbers are incredible.” – North Carolina rally Saturday.
Facts: The numbers are not “unbelievable”, have become harsh.
The US set a daily record Friday for newly confirmed coronavirus infections and matched it on Saturday with approximately 83,178, data published by Johns Hopkins University show. Nearly 8.6 million Americans have contracted coronovirus since the epidemic began, and approximately 225,000 people have died; Both yogas are the highest in the world. At some point in October, nearly half of the states have seen their highest daily transition numbers so far.
“We’re not going to control the epidemic,” Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, said on CNN. “We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutic and other mitigation fields.” He did not share his boss’s view that the epidemic was turning into a corner or that a vaccine was absent.
How long can TRUMP be immune to reinforcement from coronovirus: “I had it with me for four months. If it were someone else, they would have asked for life. ”- Ohio Rally.
TRUMP: “Now it used to be that if you had this, you were immune to life, right? For life. With me, they say I’m immune for four months. In other words, once When I found it, the immunity went down from life for four months. I don’t know. They don’t know either. “- North Carolina.
Facts: The only truth in these statements is that “they don’t know.”
Trump is suggesting here that experts are saying that he is immune from re-building for only four months because they don’t like him. But the science of immunity is not about him and uncertainty is not a conspiracy against him. Public-health officials do not have final answers How long or well people with COVID-19 are safe again.
While there is evidence that resuscitation is unlikely for at least three months, even for those with a mild case of COVID-19, very few illnesses completely immunize people for life. Antibodies are only one piece of the body’s defense, and they naturally decrease over time.
Trump: “And by the way, Mexico is paying for the wall.” – New Hampshire Rally.
Trump: “No, they are paying for it. Completely. “- North Carolina Rally.
Trump: “We financed it. Mexico is paying for this because we are going to charge. “
Fact: America is paying for it. Mexico is not. Mexican government refuses to contribute to raising or strengthening barriers on American soil – “Not now, never,” Enrique Peña Nieto, then Mexico ‘
Since the beginning, Trump has been fishing in ways To reveal that he was fulfilling his promise to pay Mexico for the project at the core of his 2016 campaign. But the money is coming from today’s American taxpayers and those of the future who will receive the federal debt.
Trump: “We Passed VA Choice.” – New Hampshire Rally.
Trump: “The last administration failed our veterans. I improved in VA, passed VA Choice. “- North Carolina Rally.
FACTS: She did not receive a Choice Program pass. President Barack Obama did. Trump expanded it. The program allows medical care to be received outside the Veterans Affairs system under certain conditions.
TRUMP on Biden when he was vice president: “So the mayor of Russia, wife of Moscow, who is a very rich man, she is a very rich woman, is retired, gave her three and a half million dollars.” – North Carolina Rally.
Facts: No he did not.
A Republican congressional report, which investigated the Moscow business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter, pointed to a $ 3.5 million investment made there to an investment firm linked to Hunter Biden.
The money did not go to Joe Biden at all. Nor is there any evidence that Hunter Biden deposited this amount. The GOP report stated that the money went to the investment firm. And Hunter Biden’s lawyer said in a statement that his client had no interest in that firm.
TRUMP: “I banned the people of China, where he was very infected by coming to a country. Biden was completely against him. He called me xenophobic. And now he goes out and says that we should have done it sooner. Well he did not want to do that at all. ”- North Carolina Rally.
Facts: This is incorrect. Trump never banned travel from China; He banned it. Biden did not call the travel restrictions xenophobic; He used the term in connection with Trump’s other rhetoric about foreigners. And he did not oppose the sanctions, but rather took no clear position for several weeks, before backing them.
BIDEN: “I never said that I resist breaking up.” – Presidential debate on Thursday.
Trump: “You said it in the tape.” – Presidential debate on Thursday.
Facts: Trump is right; “Nothing new,” Biden said on tape, describing it as a Democratic primary debate. Trump is playing Biden’s remarks at his own rallies.
However, a sanctions ban is still not Biden’s policy. Biden’s campaign corrected his remarks after the primary debate. Biden would only ban new oil and gas permits on federal lands; Most oil and gas do not come from those properties. He has said repeatedly that he will not ban faking.
Still, Trump called him to shape his stance to suit a more liberal primary audience and argued at his Ohio rally Saturday that Biden in office would be beholden for Democrats who want to ban fossil fuels, with people exaggerating Called “Communist, Marxist”. And left-wing extremists. “
TRUMP: “In Nevada, they want something where you have no signature verification.” – New Hampshire Rally.
Facts: Despite consistent statements to the contrary, is not true. Current state law requires signature checks on mail ballots. A new law also lays down a process by which election officials have to check a signature against one in government records.
In June primaries in Nevada, about 7,000 ballots were thrown because of mismatches or missing signatures.
Trump: “I say the biggest risk we have is fake ballots.” – New Hampshire Rally.
Trump: “If we don’t know the outcome on November 3, it means – on the contrary it has always been where you usually locate the election that night or soon – we can go on with it forever.” This is the craziest thing … and we shouldn’t let that happen. “- New Hampshire Rally.
FACTS: His statements are overblown.
It is true that many states expect a surge in mail-in voting due to the coronovirus epidemic, which may lead to longer counting of votes.. For example, the US Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count postal ballots. Three days after the election. But there is no evidence to indicate that large-scale fraud has occurred. Any delay in declaring the winner of the presidential race after November 3 will not in itself be illegal.
Broadly, voter fraud has proven to be extremely rare. Based on studies from previous elections, the Brennan Center for Justice placed the risk of ballet fraud at 0.00004% to 0.0009% in 2017.
In the five states that regularly send ballots to all registered voters, there have been no major cases of fraud or difficulty counting votes.
Even if the election is messed up and contested in court, the country will have a president in January – and the counting of votes is “always on”, as he ensures the constitution and federal law.
Trump: “We brought in a tremendous number of companies … I told Prime Minister Abe, a great, great gentleman, who retired … ‘Shinzo, you got to open some factories in Michigan … you Are selling too much cars made in Japan, you got to make them in America ‘He will say’ Well, I don’t do this … It is done by the private sector …, I said, ‘You have to do it . ‘The next day, he announced that five companies were opening factories. “- New Hampshire Rally.
Facts: This is a pre-told story.
No Japanese automaker assembly plant has been announced or built in Michigan, let alone one day, and there are no plans.
There is a manufacturing facility, General Motors and Honda, a joint venture south of Detroit. According to the Automotive Research Center, an industry think-tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan, there is an $ 85 million expansion of an existing facility to build hydrogen fuel cells with about 100 new jobs. Subaru has a new research center with about 100 new jobs, and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Toyota have announced expansion of research facilities.
These are not new “car plants” run by Japanese automakers and these initiatives did not do all the work in a day.
TRUMP: “We got away from that crazy Iran agreement, right? Iran nuclear deal, where Obama gave them $ 150 billion for the privilege.” – North Carolina Rally.
FACTS: No, Obama did not give $ 150 billion to Iranians To sign a multinational agreement to disrupt its nuclear development. The deal gives Iran access to its own $ 150 billion of assets that had been frozen overseas until Tehran agreed to the terms.
The US made a separate payment of approximately $ 1.8 billion to Iran. It was an old debt settlement on military equipment that Iran had paid but never received.
TRUMP: “You know, you got the biggest tax cut in the history of our country. I got it for you. “- North Carolina Rally.
Facts: Their tax cuts are not close to the largest in American history.
This is a $ 1.5 trillion tax cut over 10 years. A tax deduction of that size ranks 12th, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, as part of the overall economy. President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 cuts are the largest, followed by the rollback of taxes ending the Second World War in 1945.
Post-Reagan tax cuts are also historically significant: President George W. Bush’s cuts in the early 2000s and Obama’s renewal a decade later.
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