Trump’s False Claims In Launch Speech
Among Donald Trump’s comments in his speech were lines like, “When did we beat Japan at anything?” Only World War II, it turns out. Here are some other questionable, if not outright false, claims, courtesy of Alex Griswold.
There are no Chevrolets in Japan. (Yes, there are)
ISIS built a luxury hotel in the Middle East. (Unconfirmed)
The “real” unemployment rate could be as high as 20%. (No)
“There are no jobs.” (There are at least some jobs)
We spent $2 billion on Obamacare.gov. (Closer to $700 million)
Trump is worth $9 billion. (Probably not)
The Taliban leaders traded for Bowe Bergdahl return to the battlefield. (Nope)
While some of Trump’s claims don’t raise to the level of obvious falsehoods, they were completely unrealistic. His claim that he wouldn’t allow American companies to build cars in Mexico without paying a 35% tax would clearly contravene the North American Free Trade Agreement, to give one example.
Factcheck.org questioned nearly all of the same claims in their fact check, aptly headlined “Trump Tramples Facts.” Politifact granted Trump two Falses and a Pants on Fire— their lowest possible rating– for Trump’s claim that America’s quarterly GDP never drops below zero (it’s been below zero 42 times over 68 years).