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Last Night’s Debate: Trump’s Aversion to the Facts

It was another long night for fact checkers after the last debate, and once again many of Donald Trump’s assertions were found to be false or inaccurate.

Job Growth

On CNN, Christine Romans showed that Donald Trump’s claims about last month’s jobs report were incorrect. She noted we’ve seen the “72nd month in a row that the economy has gained jobs,” and the unemployment rate has been cut in half since October 2009.


Russian Cyberattacks

Associated PressTRUMP: Clinton “has no idea whether it’s Russia, China or anybody else” behind recent hacks of Democratic organizations and individuals. “Our country has no idea.” THE FACTS: Trump’s refusal to point the finger at Moscow is at odds with the prevailing position of the U.S. intelligence community. “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said recently in a joint statement with the Department of Homeland Security. Russia has denied accusations that it was behind the effort.

Nuclear Weapons

On ABC’s Good Morning America, Jonathan Karl concluded that Donald Trump did in fact say he was open to more countries having nuclear weapons.



Trump Called His Accusers Unattractive

Associated Press: Trump also denied calling any of his accusers unattractive. But he implied it when he told his supporters, “Yeah, I’m gonna go after her. Believe me, she would not be my first choice.”

Trump Mocked a Reporter with a Disability

Associated Press: Clinton: “He also went after a disabled reporter, mocked and mimicked him on national television.” Trump: “Wrong.” We rated Trump’s denial False. There is video evidence showing that Tump did mimic the man’s oddly angled right hand while flailing his arms and shouting in a strange voice.

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