Fact Check: Here Are Trump’s Biggest Lies On Twitter This Week
Donald Trump has been tweeting less frequently, but his chronic habit of lying on the social platform has not diminished one bit.
In the past week, president Trump tweeted misleading or false claims about several issues that were worth delving into. Here’s a look at what Trump got wrong in nine tweets since last Friday:
We’ll first note these two things have nothing to do with each other. Trump repeatedly said he would release his federal tax returns once they are done being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. Nothing in law prohibits him from releasing his taxes while under audit. In fact, the first president to release his taxes, Richard M. Nixon, did so in the middle of an audit.
He’s also incorrect that winning the electoral college was an “impossible thing to do for a Republican” and his electoral college votes were not “easily won.” According to a tally by John Pitney of Claremont McKenna College, Trump ranked 46th out of 58 electoral college results. And he lost the popular vote by a whopping 3 percent margin.
This is an obvious flip-flop for Trump. Why would he call China a currency manipulator? Well, for starters, he made a campaign promise that he would direct the Treasury secretary to label China a currency manipulator.
Throughout the campaign, Trump falsely blamed China for being a “world champion” of devaluing the yuan. Not only is the United States not being hurt by China’s current currency manipulation, China also is not devaluing its currency anymore. In fact, China is selling foreign currency to prop up its own in an effort to prevent the yuan from depreciating further and destabilizing the Chinese and global economy.
While nothing positive has been accomplished during his presidency, Trump keeps touting his successes in his first 90 days. However, he has no evidence to support his “great success” claim. In fact Trump’s performance on foreign policy Trump has been a embarrassing failure. He almost started a war when he lied about sending an “armada” to the North Korea peninsula.
Trump tweeted several times leading up to and on the day of the April 18 special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, now the secretary of health and human services. Trump is referring to Jon Ossoff, who is headed to a runoff election with Republican Karen Handel.
He lied about Ossoff’s stances on illegal immigration and taxes, as FactCheck.org found. Ossoff supports a comprehensive immigration bill that allows a “path to legal status” for undocumented immigrants (excluding felons) living in the country. But he also said he supports strong border security. This is not the same as “allowing illegal immigration.”
On taxes, FactCheck.org found that Ossoff has proposed to simplify the tax code and that “to lower tax rates, we can eliminate carve-outs and special treatment in the tax code that privilege large organizations at the expense of small businesses.”
This is false. The MS-13 gang, or Mara Salvatrucha, had been operating and expanding for two decades before Obama became president.
MS-13 started in Los Angeles in the 1980s by Salvadorans who immigrated there to flee civil war in their country, according to the Congressional Research Service. As of 2005, the gang had traveled to many cities across the country, from California to the East Coast. PolitiFact and FactCheck.org dug into this in depth.
Additionally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement under Trump is arresting an increasing number of noncriminals, indicating that it’s not just the criminal and dangerous gang members who are being targeted by his administration.
Shortly after the Georgia special election, Trump took credit for the ensuing runoff . He said he was “glad to be of help,” even though Republicans in the race distanced themselves from him as the election got closer. And while Republicans avoided an embarrassing loss, it wasn’t exactly a BIG “R” win that Handel will face Ossoff in the runoff in June 20. Ossoff garnered 48 percent of the vote in a strong Republican district, just shy of the 50 percent needed for an outright win.
Political experts said the result indicated danger signs for Republican lawmakers in the Trump era.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2017
Trump now calls for Americans to “buy American, hire American.” But this is misleading.
President Trump had a long history of outsourcing a variety of his products and has acknowledged doing so. During the campaign, The Fact Checker counted a total of 12 countries where Trump products were manufactured (China, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, Turkey, Slovenia, Honduras, Germany, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea).
Trump may be tweeting less frequently, but he’s still the liar-in-chief.