Trump Disinformation on Deficits

Trump Disinformation on Deficits

President Donald Trump misleadingly claimed that “deficits seem to be coming down,” when in fact deficits are rising, largely because of the tax cuts he enacted. In fact, the deficit in the first three months of fiscal year 2019 was 42 percent higher than it was for the same period last year. Trump’s comment came as the president boasted about the country’s strong economy during a signing ceremony for a space policy directive. Trump, Feb….

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Misleading Message in Posts About Flint Water

Misleading Message in Posts About Flint Water

Quick Take Social media posts take aim at President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency by making a misleading claim about government funding for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Full Story Since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to secure funding for his proposed border wall, both supporters and opponents have spun the facts to advance their respective positions. The distortions are present on social media, too. Viral posts on social media, for example,…

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Meme Spreads Misinformation on Medicare

Meme Spreads Misinformation on Medicare

Quick Take A meme with misinformation about Medicare eligibility and cost has been shared almost 500,000 times on Facebook. Full Story The claim, posed in the form of a question, has been shared 493,000 times and says: “Why do Seniors on Social Security have to pay for Medicare and a Supplemental Ins. And the illegals get it all for free?” First of all, Medicare isn’t available for people living in the U.S. illegally. It is…

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Meme Misleads on Minnesota’s Somali Refugees

Meme Misleads on Minnesota’s Somali Refugees

Quick Take Facebook posts distort the number of Somali refugees who have resettled in Minnesota to advance an unsupported claim about a freshman congresswoman’s electoral victory. Full Story Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s family fled from her native Somalia and sought refuge in Kenya before resettling in the U.S., according to the biography on her campaign website. They settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1997. Over two decades later, Omar clinched her seat representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, making…

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Spinning Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Spinning Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Both sides are spinning the facts in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the Southwest border: As justification for the border wall, White House adviser Stephen Miller cited an increase in border crossers who “can’t be turned around” and sent home immediately, such as those seeking asylum. But a wall wouldn’t deter many of those migrants, who, according to government reports, make no attempt to evade detection. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra,…

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O’Rourke Didn’t Trash Seniors and Veterans

O’Rourke Didn’t Trash Seniors and Veterans

Quick Take There’s no evidence that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke made a series of disparaging comments about the elderly and veterans, despite what a popular meme claims. Full Story A meme circulating on Facebook claims that Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from Texas, said: “IF I COULD THROW TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THE GARBAGE IT WOULD BE THE ELDERLY AND WOUNDED VETERANS. WHEN A TOOL BREAKS YOU DONT FIX IT, YOU THROW IT…

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Video: FactChecking Trump’s Fact-Checking Claim

Video: FactChecking Trump’s Fact-Checking Claim

In this week’s video, CNN’s Jake Tapper reviews President Donald Trump’s suggestion that fact-checkers didn’t hold then-President Barack Obama accountable for his false promise that if you like your health care plan or your doctor, you can keep them under the Affordable Care Act. We did.  At his Feb. 11 rally in El Paso, Trump said, “You can keep your doctor, remember that, 28 times. That didn’t happen; turned out to be a lie. Hey, where…

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FactChecking Trump’s National Emergency Remarks

FactChecking Trump’s National Emergency Remarks

In declaring a national emergency at the Southwest border, President Donald Trump strung together a long list of false, misleading and unsupported claims on illegal immigration, drug smuggling, human trafficking, trade deficits and other issues. We briefly cover some of the statements the president made in his Feb. 15 Rose Garden remarks — nearly all of which we have debunked numerous times before. ‘Catch-and-Release’ Trump said: “We have a real problem. We have catch-and-release. You catch a criminal,…

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Anti-Muslim Myth Gets A New Twist

Anti-Muslim Myth Gets A New Twist

Quick Take Congress didn’t “quietly” repeal a law barring Muslims from serving in public office, as social media posts allege. No such law existed in the first place. Full Story Popular posts on Facebook put a new twist on the long-circulating falsehood that Muslims are banned from holding public office. Late last year, we debunked the erroneous and viral claim that the 1952 McCarran-Walter Act “bans Muslims from holding public office in the United States.” And…

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Falsehood About Pelosi’s Brother-in-Law Resurfaces

Falsehood About Pelosi’s Brother-in-Law Resurfaces

Quick Take A viral story revives a falsehood about Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law and a federal loan guarantee for a Nevada solar plant. Full Story Using the proposed Green New Deal as a hook, Neon Nettle — a website known for peddling false and misleading content — has dredged up an old story about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law and his tangential connection to a solar power plant that received a federal loan guarantee. The Feb….

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