He responded to a collection of robust questions from Pennsylvania voters, and a few extra from moderator George Stephanopoulos, very similar to he responds to simple questions from his favourite conservative tv hosts — with a barrage of dishonesty.
Trump made not less than 20 false or deceptive claims over the hour-and-a-half occasion, in line with our preliminary depend.
Here’s a record.
Downplaying the virus
Trump was requested why he downplayed the coronavirus. He responded, “Nicely, I did not downplay it. I truly — in some ways I up-played it when it comes to motion.”
Trump’s reward of China
Pressed about how he had initially mentioned China was doing an excellent job dealing with the virus, Trump instructed he had not issued such reward: “No, I did not say by some means. I am not saying by some means.”
Trump mentioned: “So I did not say something dangerous about President Xi initially, as a result of no person knew a lot in regards to the illness. No person knew the seniors are inclined.”
Biden and the pandemic
Trump claimed opponent Joe Biden mentioned in March that the pandemic was “completely over-exaggerated.”
Details First: We couldn’t discover any proof of Biden saying something like this in March.
Trump repeated his acquainted declare that the “cabinets have been naked” of ventilators when he took workplace.
Details First: This isn’t in any respect true. Trump inherited greater than 16,000 ventilators.
A spokesperson for the Division of Well being and Human Companies confirmed to Carihargater in late June that there had been about 19,000 ventilators within the nationwide stockpile for “a few years,” together with 16,660 ventilators that have been prepared for fast use in March 2020. The spokesperson confirmed that none of these 16,660 have been bought by the Trump administration.
As of June 23, the Trump administration had distributed 10,760 ventilators throughout the coronavirus pandemic, a smaller quantity than the administration inherited.
Testing and circumstances
Advised that the US has 20% of the world’s coronavirus circumstances and deaths, Trump mentioned, “We’ve 20% of the circumstances due to the truth that we do way more testing. If we would not do testing, you would not have circumstances. You’d have only a few circumstances.”
Journey restrictions on China and Europe
Trump claimed that he put “a ban on” China and “a ban on” Europe to handle the pandemic.
Exemptions from the restrictions
Trump mentioned of his critics’ feedback in regards to the journey restrictions: “They are saying that we allowed sure individuals in, it is true — however they have been Americans.”
Details First: Once more, residents weren’t the one individuals exempted. Additionally omitted from the prohibition have been everlasting residents; spouses of residents and everlasting residents; mother and father or guardians of single residents or everlasting residents below age 21; single siblings below age 21 of single residents or everlasting residents below age 21; and varied different classes of individuals.
Well being care
Trump claimed that he could be “doing a well being care plan” that will “defend individuals with pre-existing situations.” He then mentioned of the Democrats, “They won’t try this.”
Trump insisted to Stephanopoulos that he would put ahead a “new well being care” plan that will defend individuals. However he has by no means unveiled any plan that will supply protections equal to those in Obamacare — and, regardless, his declare about Democrats is absurd.
The existence of Obamacare
Trump claimed he “basically ended Obamacare” by repealing the person mandate that required individuals to acquire medical health insurance.
Details First: The person mandate, which required Individuals to acquire medical health insurance, was certainly a key a part of Obamacare — however Trump did not finish Obamacare, basically or in any other case; key elements of the legislation stay in impact. For instance, Trump has not eradicated Obamacare’s enlargement of the Medicaid insurance coverage program for low-income individuals, the federal and state marketplaces that permit individuals to buy protection, or the patron subsidies that assist a lot of them make the purchases.
Biden’s well being care plan
Trump instructed that Biden has agreed to undertake the “socialized” well being care advocated by Sen. Bernie Sanders: “He (Biden) agreed to the manifesto, as I name it — the settlement with Bernie is that you’ll go to socialized medication.”
Protests, race and policing
Black communities and police
Trump mentioned: “So I simply noticed a ballot the place African Individuals on this nation, Black communities, are 81% in favor of getting extra police.”
Trump mentioned of protesters in Seattle: “They took over a giant chunk of the town — 20% of the town.”
The protest was cleared out by native authorities at the start of July.
Minnesota and the Nationwide Guard
Trump once more took credit score for the Nationwide Guard deployment in Minnesota to handle violent protests following the killing of George Floyd, claiming that these protests “went on for every week or every week and a half” earlier than the governor “allowed us to herald the Nationwide Guard.”
Details First: Minnesota’s Democratic governor, Tim Walz, was the one who activated the Guard — and Walz, a Guard veteran, did so two days after the violent protests started, greater than seven hours earlier than Trump publicly threatened to deploy the Guard himself.
Crime in New York Metropolis
Trump mentioned: “Take a look at New York. New York was a really protected metropolis. Rudy Giuliani did a unbelievable job. Town was protected after which, swiftly, we’ve a mayor — who begins chopping the police pressure, and crime is up 100%, 150%. I noticed one type of crime up 300%.”
For instance, New York Metropolis had 319 murders in 2019, lower than half the 649 murders of 2001; whereas 2020 is on tempo to be worse for homicide than 2019, with 305 murders as of September 6, 2020 remains to be on tempo to be significantly better than 2001.
When Stephanopoulos mentioned that folks on the prime of the financial ladder, who personal shares, are doing nicely, Trump interjected and mentioned, “George, shares are owned by all people.”
The departure of James Mattis
Trump compelled Mattis to go away the federal government two months sooner than the departure date Mattis had chosen upon his resignation, however that’s nonetheless not a firing.
Mattis and ISIS
Repeating extra of the identical sentiments he expressed on Fox Information on Tuesday, Trump mentioned on the city corridor that Mattis “did not do good on ISIS” and that “I took over 100% of the ISIS caliphate.”
Details First: Whereas the ultimate remnants of the caliphate have been eradicated in March 2019, greater than two months after Mattis’s departure, it is deceptive for Trump to recommend this was his personal accomplishment that Mattis had nothing to do with. A lot of the progress in liberating the caliphate occurred throughout Mattis’s tenure as secretary of protection between January 2017 and January 2019.
Churchill and Trump
Defending his determination to hide the severity of the virus from the American public, Trump once more invoked the late UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill — saying Churchill was “not so trustworthy” when he stood on London rooftops throughout Nazi bombings and advised the general public “the whole lot’s going to be good,” however that he was nonetheless a “nice chief” by maintaining individuals calm.
Details First: Churchill didn’t give speeches from the rooftops, although he generally did watch the bombing from rooftops, and didn’t say “the whole lot’s going to be good” or typically play down the Nazi risk. Moderately — as Churchill students have advised Carihargater — he was typically blunt about the specter of loss of life and extreme struggling, warning residents repeatedly about hardships to come back.