Trump Kept the Fact-Checkers Busy Last Night
Last night Donald Trump once again kept fact-checkers busy. From his lies on supporting the Iraq War and doubling down on his birther lies, to his assertion that we would learn more from a financial disclosure instead of his hidden tax returns, Trump has shown an aversion to the truth. He is simply unfit for the Oval Office.
“I did not support the war in Iraq.” –Donald Trump – THE FACT CHECKER: This is just totally false. We have found no evidence of his early opposition to the invasion. Trump expressed lukewarm support the first time he was asked about it on Sept. 11, 2002, and was not clearly against it until he was quoted in the August 2004 Esquire cover story titled “Donald Trump: How I’d Run the Country (Better).”
At the end of the debate, Mrs. Clinton slammed Mr. Trump for comments he made about a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, pointing out that he had called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Mr. Trump expressed confusion as to where those comments came from, but Ms. Machado has shared them in multiple interviews this year and Mr. Trump himself has admitted that he openly pushed her to lose weight when he took over the Miss Universe pageant.
“In Chicago, they’ve had thousands of shootings. … Stop and frisk worked very well … it brought the crime way down [in New York City].” –Donald Trump – THE FACT CHECKER | Trump cherry-picks the increase in violence in Chicago, but this is not indicative of overall crime rates, which have been declining for years. Moreover, while Trump says stop-and-frisk policies should be enacted in Chicago as it was implemented in New York City, those policies have not been correlated with crime.
CNN: Fact Check: Trump and Climate Change
Clinton claimed Trump “thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese,” a charge Trump immediately denied. Who’s telling the truth? On November 6, 2012, Trump tweeted, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. ,,, Our verdict: True. While Trump has wavered on the cause of climate change, he has repeatedly denied its existence and called it a hoax.
Trump didn’t answer Holt’s question but instead responded with a barrage of barely comprehensible, conspiratorial accusations intended to put the blame for birtherism on Hillary Clinton (we’ll outline them further down) while then claiming that he did a “good job” by getting Obama “to produce the birth certificate.” . . . Overall, Trump refuses to take responsibility for spreading those lies, and is trying to distract voters from it with more lies.
Trump said, “You will learn more about Donald Trump by going down to the Federal Election Commission” to see the financial disclosure form than by looking at his returns. An observer would find valuable information about Trump’s personal financial holdings from his extensive (and legally required) financial-disclosure form. However, experts consider that a red herring. Unlike all presidential nominees since 1980, Trump has not released his tax returns, which experts say would offer valuable details on his effective tax rate, the types of taxes he paid, and how much he gave to charity, as well as a more detailed picture of his income-producing assets. Trump’s statement was, and is, inaccurate. We rate it False.
Trump said that Clinton insiders pushed the rumor that Obama was not born in America. His first example, Doyle, actually was involved in firing a county level volunteer coordinator who spread the rumor that Obama was a Muslim. The president’s religion might overlap thematically, but it is distinct from rumors about his birthplace. Trump’s focus on Blumenthal lacks solid evidence. Blumenthal denies the allegation and the man who made it says he has no written proof. We rate this claim False.
“Donald supported the invasion of Iraq” — Clinton
“Wrong.” — Trump
Trump was supportive of the Iraq invasion as far back as 2002, according to interviews the Donald did with Howard Stern, which were first uncovered by BuzzFeed. Stern asks Trump if he agreed with the Bush administration trying to sell the war. He said, “Yeah, I guess so.”
Trump has lied about his position on the Iraq for for the entirety of his presidential campaign, saying he opposed the 2003 invasion from the start. He didn’t. In fact, as BuzzFeed has reported, Trump told Howard Stern in 2002 that he favored invading Iraq. “I wish the first time it was done correctly,” Trump said at the time, referring to the 1990 Gulf War.
Trump came out like a dervish, yelling and badgering Clinton, seeking to knock her on her heels. He didn’t succeed. Clinton, in a fire-red power suit, weathered Trump’s opening barrage with a smile. . . Clinton, after outlining her plan to make America a clean-energy superpower, hit Trump as a denier: “Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese,” she said. “I think it’s real.” Trump then lied. Flat out lied. In a night full of lies, Trump’s attempt to disavow climate denial was “bigly” the biggest.
Donald Trump again defended his so-called birther crusade on Monday night. . . Holt continued to press Trump on why he continued the birther effort even after Obama released it in 2011. As recently as this January, Trump expressed doubt that Obama was born in the country.
According to Donald Trump, Donald Trump never supported the Iraq war; he never called pregnancy an “inconvenience” for employers; and he certainly never—ever—called climate change a Chinese hoax. Trump, you’ll be shocked to learn, wasn’t exactly telling the truth. Let’s focus on the climate claim. . . During Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said: “Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real. I think science is real.” “I did not, I did not,” countered Trump. “I do not say that.” Clinton is correct.
In the first presidential debate of 2016, Donald Trump continued to deny that he supported the Iraq War, launching into a bizarre rant about conversations he had with Sean Hannity as evidence of his opposition even though he told Howard Stern in 2002 that he supported the war.
Donald Trump again dodged questions about why he has not released his tax returns: “I don’t mind releasing. I’m under a routine audit. I’ll be released, as soon as the audit’s finished, it’ll be released.” The IRS has made it clear that he is still free to release his returns and would not hold it against him, but Trump has not even been willing to release returns from 2008 and before — returns that are not under audit. The last time Trump did reveal his tax filing, in a report by gaming regulators, the documents showed he did not pay a dollar in federal income tax.
During a particularly tense exchange, Holt found himself in the middle of Trump’s spin zone as the candidate reasserted his narrative about stop and frisk and New York City’s murder rate. . .It’s doubtful that New York City viewers were too happy that their city was getting dragged by a native son — and doubtful that those police unions that have endorsed Trump are psyched about him questioning. Judging by the assistant commissioner’s tweets, New Yorkers could at least come together on setting the record straight.