The Alternative Truth: A Fact Check of President Trump

Isaac Degenholtz, Writer, Website Director

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Since the campaign announcement in June of 2015, the Trump administration has been known for their outright lies, and now it’s time for a fact checking of the top 10 lies from each 2 weeks of the Trump administration.

Since this is the first edition of this biweekly article the list will be lies since the campaign announcement.

  1. The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is “30 million, it could be 34 million.”   Heard at a speech, July 8th, 2015.

 

Actually, Researchers put the number of illegal immigrants at about 11 or 12 million, with the flow of illegal immigrants at a 40-year low.

  1. “I won the popular vote” Seen on Twitter November 27th, 2016.

Although the popular vote was clearly won by Hilary Clinton, Mr. Trump thinks that he won if you discount the coincidental supposed three million illegal voters. There is no evidence to support any voter fraud whatsoever, making this a lie

  1.  “I was totally against the war in Iraq, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East.” April 27th, 2016.

Mr. Trump was interviewed by radio host Howard Stern who asked if  Trump supported the invasion about six months before the war began. Trump said, “Yeah, I guess so.”  He clearly supported the war, although his answer may sound half hearted. Later claiming he had no support of the war is a lie.

  1. The unemployment rate may be as high as “42 percent.”  At a speech September 28th, 2015.

Getting a percentage that high requires believing that being a full-time student, a senior citizen, a stay-at-home parent, a job-training participant, or having a disability is part of being unemployed. And even with that factored into unemployment rates, researchers say you would only get an unemployment rate of around 16%. At the time of  this statement the Bureau of Labor Statistics quoted unemployment at 5.1 %.

  1. “Crime is rising.” Seen on Twitter, June 7th, 2016.

If you look at overall violent and property crimes, he is flat wrong. Crime rates have been falling almost without fail for roughly a quarter-century.

  1.  Ted Cruz’s father “was with Lee Harvey Oswald” before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Heard May 3rd, 2016, at a Republican primary debate.

The sole “evidence” for this claim is a grainy photograph that shows Oswald with a man who may bear a resemblance to the Texas senator’s father, Rafael Cruz. But experts said the image is too degraded to offer much confidence. At the same time, multiple experts about the world of early 1960s pro-Castro advocacy said Trump’s claim is implausible at best and ridiculous at worst.

  1.  Hillary Clinton and her campaign started the Obama Birther rumor in 2008.  Heard first at the presidential debates, September 25th, 2016.

During Obama’s first presidential run Donald Trump had a series of tweets where he said Obama was born in Kenya. This would have disqualified him from being President of course. During a Presidential debate he said Sidney Blumenthal, a Hillary Clinton aide, actually started the rumor, but there is no evidence that supports this wild claim.

 

  1. Florida Primary results were unprecedented. On his Twitter, March 21st, 2016.

“Out of 67 counties (in Florida), I won 66, which is unprecedented. It’s never happened before.” said Trump.  In reality it has happened repeatedly throughout even this century.  In 2004, John Kerry won all 67 counties for the Democrats; in 2000, Al Gore won all 67 for the Democrats.

  1. “Sixty-one percent of our bridges are in danger.”  Seen on Twitter, December 18th, 2015

As of 2014, according to the Department of Transportation, about 61,000 of the country’s 611,000 bridges were rated as “structurally deficient,”, which works out to 10 percent.  So if in one year another 51% percent of bridges started falling apart, I guess he is correct.

 

  1.  “The Inauguration weather was beautiful” Speech at CIA, January 21st, 2017.

Although photos and weathermen both agree that the Inauguration was far from sunny and warm (It was overcast and rainy), Donald Trump said in a speech in front of the CIA that his inauguration was a sunny day and that God opened up the clouds for him.

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