Trumps speech and more lies

I think everyone knows that Donald Trump blatantly lies.  Some people don’t care and want him anyway, others care a lot and do want him anywhere near the White House.

I’ve mostly avoided his convention acceptance speech, it’s a highly orchestrated even and should be a carefully written teleprompted speech.

The Herald has Donald Trump’s full speech to the GOP convention (video)

Politico has the pre-leaked script: Full text: Donald Trump 2016 RNC draft speech transcript
(I have no idea whether the leak was ineptness or more orchestration).

And fact checkers have been quick off the mark: Eleven lies Donald Trump told in his Republican National Convention speech (only eleven?)

Despite promising “the truth, and nothing else” in his convention speech, Donald Trump presented the nation with a series of previously debunked claims – and some new ones – today.

He even brazenly lies about telling the truth. Unless he actually believes his own bullshit.

1. TRUMP: “Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement. Homicides last year increased by 17 per cent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years.”

THE FACTS: A rollback? President Barack Obama has actually achieved some big increases in spending for state and local law enforcement, including billions in grants provided through the 2009 stimulus.

2. TRUMP: “The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.”

THE FACTS: The pace of releasing immigrants is driven not by the Obama administration, but by a court ruling. A federal judge ruled last year that the government couldn’t hold parents and children in jail for more than 20 days. Trump is right that the number in this budget year has already exceeded last year’s total. But it’s down from 2014.

3. TRUMP: “When a secretary of state illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that corruption has reached a level like never before.”

THE FACTS: Clinton’s use of a private server to store her emails was not illegal under federal law. Her actions were not established as a crime. FBI Director James Comey declined to refer the case for criminal prosecution to the Justice Department, instead accusing Clinton of extreme carelessness. As for Trump’s claim that Clinton faces no consequence, that may be true in a legal sense. But the matter has been a distraction to her campaign and fed into public perceptions that she can’t be trusted.

4. TRUMP: “The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 per cent compared to this point last year.”

THE FACTS: Not according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks police fatalities daily. The group found that the number of police officers who died as of July 20 is up just slightly this year, at 67, compared with 62 through the same period last year. And overall, police are statistically safer on America’s streets now than at any time in recent decades.

5. TRUMP: “My opponent has called for a radical 550 per cent increase in Syrian (refugees). … She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.”

THE FACTS: Trump persists in making the bogus claim that the US doesn’t screen refugees. The administration both screens them and knows where they are from. The Department of Homeland Security leads the process, which involves rigorous background checks. Processing of a refugee can take 18 months to two years, and usually longer for those coming from Syria. Refugees are also subject to in-person interviews and fingerprint and other biometric screening.

6. TRUMP: “Two million more Latinos are in poverty today than when President Obama took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely. … President Obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing.”

THE FACTS: Trump is playing with numbers to make the economy look worse than it actually is. The sluggish recovery over the past seven years has been frustrating. But with unemployment at 4.9 per cent, the situation isn’t as bleak as he suggests.

Trump’s figure of 14 million who’ve stopped working since Obama took office comes from the Labor Department’s measure of people not in the workforce. It’s misleading for three reasons: The US population has increased in that time; the country has aged and people have retired; and younger people are staying in school longer for college and advanced degrees, so they’re not in the labor force, either.

On national debt, economists say a more meaningful measure than dollars is the share of the overall economy taken up by the debt. By that measure, the debt rose 36 per cent under Obama (rather than doubling). That’s roughly the same as what occurred under Republican President George W. Bush.

The Hispanic population has risen since Obama while the poverty rate has fallen.

7. TRUMP: “After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region, and the entire world. Libya is in ruins, and our ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim Brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control. Iraq is in chaos. Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis now threatens the West. … This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

THE FACTS: It’s an exaggeration to suggest Clinton, or any secretary of state, is to blame for the widespread instability and violence across the Middle East.

Clinton worked to impose sanctions that helped coax Tehran to a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers last year, a deal in which Iran rolled back its nuclear program to get relief from sanctions that were choking its economy.

She did not start the war in Libya.

Clinton had no role in military decisions made during the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

On Iraq, Clinton as a senator voted in 2002 to grant President George W. Bush authority to invade Iraq, but has since said it was a “mistake”.

8. TRUMP: “America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.”

THE FACTS: Trump continues to repeat this inaccuracy. The US tax burden is actually the fourth lowest among the 34 developed and large emerging-market economies that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Taxes made up 26 per cent of the total U.S. economy in 2014, according to the OECD. That’s far below Sweden’s tax burden of 42.7 per cent, Britain’s 32.6 per cent or Germany’s 36.1 per cent. Only three OECD members had a lower figure than the US: Chile, South Korea and Mexico.

9. TRUMP: “My opponent wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment.”

THE FACTS: Hillary Clinton has not proposed any revocation of the constitutionally protected right to bear arms. She does support a ban on certain military-style weapons, similar to the law President Bill Clinton signed in the 1990s. That ban expired after 10 years and was not renewed. Clinton also backs an expansion of existing criminal background checks to apply to weapons sales at gun shows. The checks now apply mainly to sales by federally licensed gun dealers.

But when one of the most powerful jobs in the world is at stake why worry about telling the truth?

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd July 2016

    The NYT remarkably has a less partisan and more even handed judgement of the facts:

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  22nd July 2016

      Perhaps he owns it.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  22nd July 2016

        No, Kitty, if you had been following it you would know the NYT has been very hostile to Trump. That was why this article was a surprise.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  22nd July 2016

        I haven’t been, seeing the big blowbag on the news is more than enough.

        Perhaps he’s just bought it.

    • MaureenW

       /  22nd July 2016

      So, not lies then, mostly true is how that article evaluates Trump’s statements.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  22nd July 2016

    He’s also a dirty old man who says that he’d ‘date’ (a euphemism ? I hope not) young Ivanka if she wasn’t his daughter. I heard that he talked at length about her looks and figure in a rather unfatherly way-not very nice. Yes, she is a lovely girl, a real beauty, and it’s nice when fathers are proud of their daughters…. but it’s a bit creepy when they say it like that.

    As he is an immigrant’s child, it’s hard to see why he is so anti-immigrant, but I bet that a few people wish that his mother hadn’t been let in. Can these things be back-dated ?

    There’s a book in our library called The Truth About Donald Trump. I won’t be taking it out. He really is the archetypal Ugly American, and American friends are horrified at the possibility of this loud-mouthed, foul-mouthed, conceited oaf being their leader for the whole world to see.

    • Corky

       /  22nd July 2016

      ‘As he is an immigrant’s child, it’s hard to see why he is so anti-immigrant, but I bet that a few people wish that his mother hadn’t been let in. Can these things be back-dated ? ‘

      Kitty, why do you think he is anti-immigration?. Argue against his reasons, not some vague flip-off against his muvva.

      And you will take that book out. What’s more you will enjoy it. You will also enjoy his presidency, especially that beautiful wall that is tipped to become the ninth wonder of the world

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd July 2016

    When I read The Facts above #3 I concluded most of that article was drafted and supplied by Clinton’s campaign team. I noticed no author was identified.

  4. Pete Kane

     /  22nd July 2016

    A little partisan media tension to finish the convention off. Not enough drama from Mr trump it would seem. But maybe a sign of where things are going spot the T shirt. (Rodger Stone started with Nixon, Was in partnership with Trump campaign chair Manafort. and ‘apparently’ officially left the official Trump staff recently.)

  5. MaureenW

     /  22nd July 2016

    Some balance here would have been good, if you could have offset this post with some of Hillary Clinton’s explanations but I guess there wouldn’t have been enough space. If politicians were typically perceived to be honest, we should feel concerned, but name one honest pollie in a leadership position?

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd July 2016

    Re point 8 tax, I looked at Trump’s position on tax here:

    It cites US corporate tax as one of the highest in the world, not general tax. And it is:

    I’m even more suspicious this article is straight Clinton propaganda.

  7. Corky

     /  22nd July 2016

    That Donald lies is a fact. However, I wouldn’t be pointing the finger given the track record of his opponent. But,Trump has to be stopped, right.? I noticed our news coverage on TV only mention “the wall’. No mention of Trump calling China cheats, dumping inferior goods on to the market and their penchant for industrial espionage- HELL NO!!!!

    I think folk are voting for change, not the truth, as weird as that sounds. Anyway I think Trump also tells many half -truths.


    Makes me wonder about immigrant vetting?

    8- There’s tax and tax. Note American corporate tax compared to Sweden’s. Guess how Sweden funds their cradle to grave welfare?

  8. David

     /  23rd July 2016

    “I think everyone knows that Donald Trump blatantly lies. ”

    Hillary Clinton is identical in this regard, I’m not sure she can actually complete a sentence without lying.


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