Trump tried to reboot his presidential campaign with a long speech attacking Hillary Clinton. Ironically, he called her a “world-class liar,” yet his speech contained many, many lies itself. And Trump’s track record of lying while campaigning is historically bad. NBC did some fact-checking.
CLAIM: “It all started with her bad judgment in supporting the War in Iraq in the first place. Though I was not in government service, I was among the earliest to criticize the rush to war, and yes, even before the war ever started.”
The facts: Politifact ranks this oft-repeated claim False. More: In September 2002, Trump said he supported the Iraq invasion during an interview with Howard Stern. Then, in September 2003 – several months after the invasion, he said “It wasn’t a mistake to fight terrorism and fight it hard, and I guess maybe if I had to do it, I would have fought terrorism but not necessarily Iraq.”
Trump’s claim that he was against the war in Iraq before it started is not only a lie, it’s a lie he keeps repeating even though it’s been proven to be a lie over and over and over again. Just provide us one single quote opposing the war before it started, Donald. That’s all it takes. Until then, you are a world-class liar.
CLAIM: “In fact, Hillary Clinton supports a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees coming into the United States, and that’s an increase over President Obama’s already very high number. Under her plan, we would admit hundreds of thousands of refugees from the most dangerous countries on Earth – with no way to screen who they are or what they believe.”
The facts: Clinton does support a 550% increase over the existing number of Syrian refugees she’d allow — that much is true — but there are significant screening measures. Refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any visitors to the U.S., and the process historically takes up to 16-24 months. It involves the United Nations, National Counterterrorism Center, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and State Department.
Another lie that has been debunked repeatedly, yet he keeps making it. As liars go, even in politics I have never seen one as shameless as Trump.
CLAIM: “Hillary Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was Secretary of State – plus millions more for her foundation.”
The facts: U.S. law requires that government officials report high-value gifts. The federal register notes that the jewelry, which was valued at $58,000, was given to Clinton on September 7, 2012. But she didn’t keep it; the records show it headed to the General Services Administration, which is where most foreign gifts end up. In fact, as Yahoo notes, presidents can only take gifts with them when they leave office if they will be displayed or stored at their presidential libraries. Clinton also didn’t have the option of turning the gift down, for diplomatic reasons. The register notes that “Non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. Government.”
Presidents and secretaries of state receive gifts all the time from foreign governments; they can’t keep them. This is true of Republicans and Democrats alike. Making a claim this ridiculous is a sign of just how desperate Trump has become.