Clinton-Trump Presidential Debate Claims


The Clinton-Trump debate turned out to be a lie extravaganza on Donald Trump’s part.  Here is a – probably incomplete – list of his most outrageous lies:

  1. Falsely claimed debate moderator Lester Holt was “100 % wrong” when he said a judge rules stop-and-frisk unconstitutional in New York City (Holt was right – that happened in 2013)
  2. Falsely claimed that he predicted the Brexit result “two days before” the vote. (In that interview, he supported Brexit but did not predict it – and said: “I don’t think anybody should listen to me because I haven’t really focused on it very much.”)
  3. Falsely said: “The interest rates are so low because the Fed is controlled by the politicians.  Never happened before.” (there is no evidence that the Fed is no longer acting independently.  Experts say Trump’s accusation is ridiculous.  Trump himself endorsed the low rates in May.)
  4. Falsely said: “Now, don’t forget, Hillary has spend over $200 million on ads against me…$200 million and more has been spend on me.” (Clinton has spend $53 million on ads against him, McClatchy report, citing the Wesleyan Media Project.)
  5. Falsely said: “Homicides are up more than 50 % in Washington, D.C. and more than 60 % in Baltimore.” (This was true last year, but not any more.  Both are currently experiencing declines.  D.C. has had 104 homicides this year, down from 119 at this time last year.  Wrote the Washington Post last week: “According to police data, Baltimore had 214 homicides through earlier this month, down from 228 at the same point last year.”)
  6. Falsely said that “Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton.” (There is no evidence for this claim, which was peddled by a Russian news agency.)
  7. False said of Clinton’s email scandal: “There are five people taking the 5th amendment, like you see on the mob, right.” (Three people have invoked their 5th amendment rights.)
  8. Falsely said: “Every single poll that was taken, I won the debate, and some of them by a lot.” (Trump won only in unsientific online polls anyone can click.  He lost in every scientific poll – CNN, Public Policy Polling, Eschelon, YouGov, Morning Consult.)
  9. Falsely claimed that Clinton is outspending him on ads by a “50 to 1” ratio. (The actual ratio is 11 to 1 or less depending on who is counting and how.)
  10. Falsely said of Tim Kaine: “He wasn’t popular in Virginia…he won very close race.” (Kaine won his senate seat by a comfortable six percentage points, 53 % to 47 %.)
  11. Falsely said: “We’re doing great in Virginia because nobody likes Kaine.” (Trump is not doing great in Virginia.  He has trailed in 15 consecutive polls, and he is down by and average of seven points.  Also, Kaine’s popularity there – 50 % approve/37 % disapprove in a recent poll – is far higher than Trump’s, 34 % favourable/60 % unfavourable in the same poll.)
  12. Falsely said: “Now they are calling me Mr. Brexit.” (Nobody of consequence, or perhaps nobody at all, is calling him this.)
  13. Falsely said: “She is going to raise your taxes.” (This would be true if Trump was speaking to the rich, but it isn’t when addressed to a rally crowd.  Said the Tax Policy Center: “Nearly all of (Clinton’s) tax increases would fall on the top 1 %; the bottom 95 % of tax payers would see little or no change in their taxes.”)
  14. Falsely said: “58 % of African-American youth are not working.” (The figure was 58 % early in the year, but it is now down to 55 %. And it is misleading regardless, as it counts people who aren’t looking for jobs, like students and the children of black millionaires.  The actual unemployment rate for black youth is 26 %.)
  15. Falsely said: “She put the office of secretary of state up for sale.” (There is no evidence Clinton sold or tried to sell favours.)
  16. Falsely claimed that he had been acknowledged to be correct in declaring NATO “obsolete because it doesn’t cover terror”; and falsely suggested NATO created an anti-terror position because of his comments. (Experts continue to say NATO has long dealt with terror, and that the new position had nothing to do with Trump.)

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