Trump Announcement Filled With Lies, Half-Truths

In the most predictable news ever, the fact checkers are having a ball looking at the staggering number of claims made by Donald Trump in his announcement. As Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post put it, “Donald Trump is a fact checker’s dream … and nightmare.” Factcheck hits the highlights:

Real estate developer Donald Trump’s speech announcing he is running for the Republican nomination for president contained a number of false and misleading statements on the economy, trade, health care and terrorism:

  • Trump claimed that economic growth has “never” been below zero until last quarter’s drop, which is far from true. It has been below zero 42 times since 1946.
  • He said “there are no jobs” to be had. In fact, there were 5.4 million job openings recorded at the end of April, the most in 15 years.
  • He said the “real” unemployment rate is “anywhere from 18 to 20 percent” and “maybe even 21 percent.” We see no factual basis for this opinion.
  • He boasted he would have blocked new Ford plants in Mexico by threatening to impose a 35 percent tax on vehicles and parts made in Mexico and shipped to the U.S. But only Congress can impose taxes and such a tax would violate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • Trump claimed the five Taliban leaders exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “are now back on the battlefield trying to kill us.” But all five remain in Qatar, where they continue to be monitored and are subject to a travel ban, according to the State Department.
  • He also made the misleading claim that health care premium costs are going “up 29, 39, 49 and even 55 percent.” He’s talking about some proposed rate increases on the individual market that still need regulatory approval. There are also proposed rate decreases or single-digit increases that did not have to be submitted for review.

Kessler notes another weird claim:

“Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They’ve become rich. I’m in competition with them. They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel.”

This curious statement appears to be based on unconfirmed reports that the Islamic State is operating a luxury hotel in Mosul, Iraq. There are images and articles of the multi-story hotel apparently circulating on social media accounts affiliated with the group. But even if this report were confirmed, it is difficult to imagine it would be in any competition with Trump’s numerous hotels.

So, unconfirmed report and wrong country. But hey, close enough for a raging egomaniac, right?

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  • Pierce R. Butler

    Trump Announcement Filled With Lies, Half-Truths

    Trump: “How did that true half get in there? You’re fired!”

  • llewelly


    They’ve become rich. I’m in competition with them.

    Trump is active on social media, chopping off the heads of facts with dull blades. Perhaps that counts as competition.

  • zippythepinhead

    I can’t imagine Mosul is getting much tourist traffic especially this time of year.

    If it came down to a Trump resort or the Mosul Luxury Suites, I don’t think I’d stay in either one.

  • carpenterman

    Trump claims both that he can be elected and that he’s qualified for the job. If he can lie about those two facts, other, lesser bullshit probably comes easily.

  • DaveL

    They’re actually being charitable with him. He didn’t claim economic growth was below zero, he actually claimed GDP was below zero, an idea so absurd it boggles the imagination.

  • dhall

    Apparently a portion of his audience were paid extras–actors instead of genuine supporters–so why should he bother with the truth? It’s a carnival skit.

  • grumpyoldfart

    And the Republican voters says, “Well yeah, but the gist of what he said is all true.”

  • thinkingman

    Did any one catch the part when he said “when have we ever beaten Japan at anything?”

    Hey Donald, How about August of 1945. It was only a year before you were born… I’m sure you heard about it sometime…

  • blf

    Is there anything Teh Trumpratt said in which isn’t dubious or complete batshite ?

  • Robin Pilger

    Trumps first words at his announcement:

    “Whoa! That is some group of people. Thousands. There’s been no crowd like this.”

    There were only several hundred people there.