Fact-Checkers and Trump’s Latest Speech

As everyone in the country saw a couple of days ago. Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States looked more presidential and also sounded more Presidential as he gave a speech that was read off of a teleprompter. Which, was something new for the abrasive and sometimes opinionated Republican. Trump’s speech lacked the unorganized rhetoric that we have become accustomed. This is a quote from an article written by: USA Today the following is a direct quote that was obtained from Realclear politics.com and it discusses what others are saying about Trump’s speech and his attacks on Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic Nominee for President of the United States.

 

“Amanda Marcotte, Salon: “Donald Trump’s long-awaited speech Wednesday supposedly detailing the dirt he has on Hillary Clinton turned out to be exactly what critics expected: A diatribe of right-wing paranoia seemingly cribbed off all-caps email forwards sent to you by your grandfather. Much of it assumed an audience that already has spent years poring over anti-Clinton urban legends and that gets almost all its news from the Drudge Report.

It is also a fact-checking nightmare, a garbage truck of lies, misinformation, and conspiracy theories. It’s as if Trump is trying to overwhelm the fact-checkers with so many lies they simply give up.”

Zack Beauchamp, Vox: Trump takes a ridiculously narrow view of how the world works. … His basic argument is that if a bad thing happened in the world and Clinton was alive during it, she’s the one who caused it.”

In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions from outside writers, including our Board of Contributors. To read more columns, go to the Opinion front page and follow us on Twitter @USATOpinion. “

 

This is an article quote from: http://www.factcheck.org regarding the Donald’s speech on Hillary’s Character.

“Donald Trump’s once delayed, and much anticipated, speech on Hillary Clinton’s character included numerous false and misleading statements:

• Trump falsely claimed that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens “was left helpless to die as Hillary Clinton soundly slept in her bed.” Two emails from Clinton show that she was awake after it was learned that Stevens had died in the attack on the diplomatic facility in Benghazi.

• Trump misleadingly claimed that Clinton “accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was secretary of State.” He didn’t mention that the gift was accepted on behalf of the United States, and that it was transferred to the General Services Administration.

• Trump claimed without any evidence that Clinton “wants to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to settle Middle Eastern refugees in the United States.” The numbers don’t add up. The total refugee budget was $1.67 billion in fiscal 2016, so it is unlikely that Clinton could add “hundreds of billions” to the budget for refugee assistance.

• Trump overstated his case when he claimed the U.S. “trade deficit with China soared 40% during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of State.” It went up 17%, and we note that trade is under the purview of the Commerce Department, not the State Department.

• Trump blamed Clinton for the “disastrous strategy of announcing our departure from Iraq, handing large parts of the country over to ISIS and the ISIS killers.” The departure date was set by President George W. Bush. President Obama made the ultimate call to keep the scheduled departure date, not Clinton.

• Trump falsely claimed that Clinton would “end virtually all immigration enforcement and thus create totally open borders for the United States.” Clinton supported a Senate immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally, but it also would have included large investments in border security.

• Trump falsely claimed that the private server that Clinton used as secretary of State “was easily hacked by foreign governments.” Attempts were made to hack into Clinton’s server, but the identity of the hackers has not been determined and there has been no evidence to date that any of them were successful.

• Trump falsely claimed that “Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia.” The transfer was approved by a committee headed by the Treasury Department and made up of nine voting members throughout government, including one from the State Department.

• Trump claimed he was opposed to the Iraq war “before the war ever started.” There is no evidence of that.

• Trump wrongly said that “real wages for our workers have not been raised for 18 years.” Average weekly earnings for production and non-supervisory employees are up 10%, adjusted for inflation and seasonal factors, over that time period.

• Trump described the North American Free Trade Agreement as “Bill Clinton’s disastrous and totally disastrous NAFTA.” President Clinton signed the legislation to implement NAFTA, but the agreement itself was negotiated and signed by President George H.W. Bush.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, originally planned to deliver a speech attacking Clinton’s character on June 13. He postponed it because of the mass shooting a day earlier in Orlando by an avowed follower of the terrorist Islamic State. Trump gave his speech in New York on June 22.

In his speech, Trump described Clinton, the Democratic presumptive nominee, as “the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency” and laid out his case against her. But his rhetoric was not always supported by the facts.” (2016 Factcheck.org) 

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