The Democrats and their media allies were in hyper-drive last week performing their “due diligence” (cough!) fact-checking the 2020 Republican National Convention. Many networks were doing so live during the convention coverage and even posting disclaimers, something they chose not to do during the Democrat National Convention. How bad was it? Bad enough for the world news outlets to take note of the double standard and aggressive mission, that is how bad.
A lie is a demonstrable false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive. Unfortunately, the media conglomerates in our country run a scam known as “Verify,” which is a uniformed fact-checking document distributed to all media syndication, newspapers, and local Television stations, so it is rare to find any variation off the prepared script. Essentially, this script is to take what cannot be proven demonstrably untrue and label it “misleading,” followed by an interpretation and arguing of facts. Most of these fact-checking claims use a non-sequitur about an issue. These are counter-arguments, not checking the veracity of the statements.
2020 Presumed Republican National Convention Lies:
1. President Trump: “Biden is even talking about taking the wall down.”
Biden has not said that. Biden opposes additional construction of barriers at the border but has not said he would demolish existing structures. “There will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration,” Biden told reporters, according to The Dallas Morning News. When asked about the federal government seizing private land in the Rio Grande Valley to build sections of the border wall, Biden said that would stop. “End. Stop. Done. Over. Not going to do it. Withdraw the lawsuits, we’re out,” he said.
2. Lara Trump-Misquotes President Abraham Lincoln. “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
An Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum historian told Politifact last year that it’s an iteration of what Lincoln has actually said: “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.” Do the meanings seem to be the same attributed to the same person – Does Lara Trump’s statement constitute a lie? You decide.
3. Madison Cawthorn, Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District-“ James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the Declaration of Independence.”
James Madison did not sign the Declaration of Independence, though he was 25 years old in 1776. Many representatives from the colonies did not add their signatures to the document but attended, debated, and cast votes on ratification. James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution because of his pivotal role in the document’s drafting as well as its ratification. Madison also drafted the first ten amendments — the Bill of Rights. Cawthorn’s spokesman said he meant to point out Madison’s age at the time the Declaration was signed.
4. President Trump – During a conversation with front-line workers that was played during the convention, the president falsely suggested that Democrats are the party of “getting rid of our postal workers.”
“We’re taking good care of our postal workers,” Trump said. “Believe me, we’re not getting rid of our postal workers, you know? They’d like to sort of put that out there. If anyone does, it’s the Democrats, not the Republicans.”
Democrats have not pushed to get rid of post office employees and are pushing for more funding for the U.S. Postal Service. Recent attempts to negotiate the latest Coronavirus stimulus bill, the Democratic-controlled House advanced a bill that would put $25 billion in emergency funding toward the struggling Postal Service.
5. Kimberly Guilfoyle – called herself the daughter of two immigrants, describing herself as a “first-generation American.”
Her mother was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are broadly considered Us Citizens. Some Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917, but it is complicated by the fact some refused to renounce P.R. Citizenship and did not become Americans. By 1940 additional laws were passed to address the duality of citizenship, yet still, some still were not U.S. Citizens, read here. Only Guilfoyle’s mother knows if she fell into the limbo category, most likely not. Guilfoyle’s father is an Irish immigrant.
6. Rep. (R) NY, Elise Stefanik-criticized the House impeachment of Trump last year as “baseless and illegal.”
Baseless is evident, but illegal is not accurate. Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution gives the House of Representatives the power to impeach the president and the Senate the power to remove the president upon conviction of the impeachment charges.
Trump’s legal team did argue in a letter to the House the impeachment was illegal and unconstitutional based on the fact the charges against him “include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever.” However, “constitutional scholars” have said that a crime is not necessarily required for impeachment.”
7. President Trump – “By the end of my first term, we will have approved more than 300 federal judges, including two great, new Supreme Court justices.”
The 300 number is optimistic. So far, about 200 federal judges have been appointed by Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to records from the Federal Judicial Center. 1 out of every 4 judges is now a Trump appointee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“‘This Senate will have confirmed 200 of President Trump’s nominees to lifetime appointments on the federal bench,’ McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor that day. “And following number 200, when we depart this chamber today, there will not be a single circuit court vacancy anywhere in the nation for the first time in at least 40 years.”
Fact-checkers claims which require credulity, mental gymnastics, and distorted interpretations-These were claimed to be false.
Claim: “the United States has among the lowest fatality rates of any major country in the world.”
Our ruling: There are competing narratives on how to calculate the impact of the virus, including the fatality rate. These interpretations fall along political lines. There is no standardized international methodology to measure death rates or categorize causation of fatalities, so making comparisons between countries is a fool’s errand. The United States has a higher population than countries in the E.U., for example, and some reporting from countries like China and others are entirely not credible when placed into a database for statistical analysis. We could quibble about the real fatality rate, but we will choose to accept the official John Hopkins rate of 3.3% for this fact check. Among the 45 countries with over 50,000 cases, the U.S. is ranked 24 on the case fatality ratio list. And the U.S. rate of 3.3% is much lower than that of the U.K. at 15.1% or Italy at 14.2%. Additional sources can be read here and here.
Claim: “America has tested more than every country in Europe put together, and more than every nation in the Western Hemisphere combined.”
Our ruling: Fact-checkers trotted out China’s claim that 90 million have been tested versus Trump’s 71 million to say Trump lied. Yes, relying on data from Red China, really? The United States, by far, has tested most citizens, see here.
Claim: “And when the China virus hit, we launched the largest national mobilization since World War II, invoking the Defense Production Act. We produced the world’s largest supply of ventilators. Not a single American who has needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator, which is a miracle.”
Our ruling: The Democrats and media have staked their entire chances of winning this election on a claim that Trump’s response to the pandemic was incompetent, and he played down the significance of the crisis. This is a lie. Please review all the steps this president and his administration have taken in response to the pandemic. No person in America died from lack of availability of a ventilator, period – see here, here, here, here, and here.
Here is a comparison of the exact time frames the media claim Trump downplayed the virus with statements from Dr. Fauci, Speaker Pelosi, Governor Cuomo, and Mayor de Blasio – just to name a few. Here, here, here, are politicians praising Trump’s handling of the response.
2. Defund the Police
Claim: Democrats and Biden want to “defund the police.”
Our ruling: Predictably, the Democrats use semantics (see here) to escape the charge that they support BLM’s primary mission to defund and abolish the police. Here, the NYT discusses this change as “shifting funds” away from police. Here are links to the Democrats who support the defund the police movement – see here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Here are the Democrat-controlled cities that have endorsed the BLM defund movement and acted. The Democrat National Convention promoted BLM all week, complete with toy blocks spelling out BLM behind Elizabeth Warren as she spoke! Singer and big Democrat fundraiser John Legend performed at the convention and has been highly vocal in support of defunding, see here. The call to defund goes hand in hand with abolishing policing as we know it and limit your second amendment, see here.
Joe Biden is on video saying “Yes, absolutely!” to “redirecting” police funding and calls them “the enemy.” just weeks ago, see here.
3. V.A. Choice
Claim: “We also passed V.A. Accountability and V.A. Choice; our great veterans, we’re taking care of our veterans – 91 percent approval rating this month.”
Our ruling: The fact-checkers point to Obama’s signing of V.A. Choice in 2014, which came about as a response to a huge scandal. However, that bill was plagued by funding issues and continued failures at the V.A. for patient’s wait times, and other issues got far worse after the bill. President Trump signed the VA MISSION Act in 2018, which did have V.A. choice as a component but only as a $55 Billion overhaul and a brand new program now identified as V.A. Choice. Both have been funded. Trump has comprehensively addressed the Veteran’s issues with positive results, see here.
4. Issues Related to Race and bait and switch:
Claim: Clarence Henderson said Trump “created” a “record number of jobs for Black Americans.” Fact-checkers labeled as a lie because they claim Black employment grew faster under Obama.
Our ruling: Obama assumed office in January 2009 with a black unemployment rate of 7.5. The Great Recession was 2007–2009.
Obama signed major legislation, Stimulus, and ACA, to name two, yet black unemployment skyrocketed double digits as high as 19.3 in March 2010. The rate remained double digits through 2014 and finally started to decrease in 2015 but only returning to the starting rate of Obama’s tenure. Blacks have made the biggest gains across the board in the Trump economy before the pandemic, and the wage gap between black and white men became closest than ever in history. The pandemic economic recovery signals Blacks gaining over other races on employment numbers.
Claim: “My Admin has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln.”
Our ruling: One can assume that a case can be made that individual acts during a presidency benefited Black Americans. The Civil Rights Act was a bipartisan push after decades of Democrat opposition. But when Trump speaks about Black America, he does so in terms of economics/education/ healthcare. In its totality, his administration’s record on improving these areas is staggering. If the pandemic had not hit, he was on the path of a full reversal of LBJ’s Great Society’s devastating and long-lasting effects, here, here, here, here, and here.
5. School Choice
Claim: “Biden also vowed to oppose school choice and close down charter schools, ripping away the ladder of opportunity for Black and Hispanic children.”
Our ruling: Even Politifact states Biden, “He opposes using public dollars to pay for private school tuition, and he opposes for-profit charter schools.” Again, his position is if you can pay for it yourself, have at? Again, his position is if you can pay for it yourself, have at? Wait, is that his position? Here he tells a crowd campaigning, “And so, the point is, if I’m president, [Education Secretary] Betsy De Vos’ whole notion from charter schools to this are gone,” Biden said during the forum, see here.
Claim: “82% of Americans will see their taxes go up significantly.”
Our ruling: The key is all of Biden’s tax plans- when you include Biden’s plan to increase corporate taxes, the Penn Wharton Budget Model analysis found that “the tax plan will affect 82 percent of families. This is the Tax policy Center’s muddled take, although they do get around eventually to admitting taxes would increase on all income groups. Biden told us our taxes would be going up if we elect him:
7. Energy Policy
Claim: “Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families.”
Our ruling: On fracking, Biden flips like bacon in a frying pan, see here. The secondDemocrat debate, he pledged he would fight climate change by eliminating coal, fossil fuels, and fracking. Read Biden’s $2 trillion Green Energy Plan yourself. Here is another take on Biden’s energy vision.
Right Wire Report reviewed 15 mainstream media Fact check articles and applied the definition of a lie to each claim that was false. There were seven fact checks determined as false that met the criteria of the definition. The remainder of false determinations started a list. There ended up being 67 on the remainder list,17 of them from CNN alone. There was no will or time to list all, so only 7 were chosen for review and breakdown. Please feel free to add to either the list of lies or the list of distortions in your comments.
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