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Analysis | Trump’s ABC News town hall: Four Pinocchios, over and over again

Analysis | Trump’s ABC News town hall: Four Pinocchios, over and over again

At the ABC News town hall Tuesday night, President Trump was challenged by ordinary voters in ways that he rarely experiences in the safe spaces of Fox News, where he regularly answers questions. But he still retreated to false or misleading talking points that he offers in his usual venues. Here’s a quick tour through 24 claims made at the Philadelphia town hall, in the order in which he answered questions.“We’re very close to having the vaccine. If you want to know the truth, the previous administration would have taken perhaps years to have a vaccine because of the FDA and all the...

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Analysis | Trump says there are 25 ‘witnesses’ disputing the Atlantic. Nope.

Analysis | Trump says there are 25 ‘witnesses’ disputing the Atlantic. Nope.

“They have some sleazebag reporter from a third-rate magazine having some source quoting me saying, I won’t even use the term, but saying bad things. … We had 25 people that were witnesses that are on the record already that have said that never took place. It never took place — what they said.” — President Trump, , Sept. 12Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic published an article Sept. 3 that was at once both surprising and not surprising: The president had the late senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), saying he wasn’t a war hero, because “I like people who weren’t captured.” But Goldberg provided...

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Sep 15
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Analysis | Trump keeps bragging about imaginary auto plants in swing states

Analysis | Trump keeps bragging about imaginary auto plants in swing states

“Many plants are being built right now — auto plants — in Michigan, just like I said. They’re being built in Ohio, they’re being built in South Carolina, North Carolina, they’re being built all over and expanded at a level that we’ve never seen before. Cause I said to Japan, Germany and others, ‘Sorry, you’ve got to come here and build plants, otherwise we’re going to have to make it very tough on you with tariffs.’ ”— President Trump, , Sept. 7, 2020We have before the president’s “swing-state spin,” in which he claims he has achieved great economic success for states that, coincidentally,...

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Here’s why Trump says Puerto Rico is getting $91 billion in disaster relief

Here’s why Trump says Puerto Rico is getting $91 billion in disaster relief

“Trump noted to GOP senators that Texas — also battered by a spate of hurricanes — was awarded $29 billion in aid, while South Carolina got $1.5 billion to recover from storms. Trump then questioned why Puerto Rico was getting $91 billion, according to two people familiar with his comments, indicating that this was too much compared with compensation for states on the mainland.” — , March 26, 2019 President Trump has been complaining about the cost of the recovery effort for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In a private meeting with Republican senators he tossed out a number — $91...

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