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Pro-Clinton ads quote Trump’s comments on women and nuclear weapons without context

“This is the Trump theory on war. I’m really good at war. I love war, in a certain way.” “Including with nukes, yes, including with nukes.” –Quotes by Donald Trump used in a political ad by pro-Hillary Clinton group Priorities USA Action Howard Stern: “So you treat women with respect?” Trump: “Uh, I can’t say […]

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s attack on Hillary Clinton

Republican Donald Trump gave a speech on June 22 attacking Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, in back-to-back speeches by the two presumptive presidential nominees aimed at undermining each other’s credentials. A large portion of hisShow More Summary

Fact checking Clinton’s speech on Trump’s business practices

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee, on June 21 gave a speech attacking Donald Trump and his business record. She made a lot of claims, all of which are impressively documented, with links, in a fact sheet issued by the Clinton campaign. Trump certainly has given opposition researchers a wealth of material to mine. […]

Does a known or suspected terrorist face ‘a long waiting period’ before buying a gun?

“It’s already the law right now. If someone is known or suspected as a terrorist, they cannot just walk in and buy a firearm. They have a long waiting period that actually kicks in that the system itself will kick them out. The FBI is pinged on that, and they get some options to be […]

Clinton’s claim of working with Democrats and Republicans to create a child health program

“It’s always been about kids. And when millions could not get health care, this first lady worked with Democrats and Republicans to fix it, creating the Children’s Health Insurance Program ‘so that every child gets the health care they deserve.’ Now 8 million kids are covered. That’s the kind of leader she is — and […]

Fact checking three Democratic claims on assault rifles and guns

“What we know is that in States that have imposed those reasonable limitations, there are less gun crimes. There are less homicides.” –Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), speaking on the Senate floor, June 15 Readers have asked for fact checks of some of the gun rhetoric used by Democrats in the wake of the mass shooting in […]

Trump’s bizarre claim that the administration actively ‘supported’ terror groups

“Media fell all over themselves criticizing what Donald Trump “may have insinuated about @POTUS.” But he’s right” –tweet by Donald Trump, June 15, 2016 On June 13, Donald Trump revoked the credentials of The Washington Post to cover his campaign events because of an article that said he suggested President Obama identified with radicalized Muslims […]

Donald Trump’s almost-true claim that the president has power to ban ‘any class of persons’

“The immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons. Now, any class — it really is determined and to be determined by the president for the interests of the United States. And it’s as he or she deems appropriate.” — Donald Trump, […]

Fact checking the Clinton and Trump speeches after Orlando

The presumptive presidential nominees — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump —gave dueling speeches on June 13 in the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting. We combed through the speeches to find factual assertions that were worthy of fact checking. There were many more such claims, of dubious provenance, in Trump’s speech, so his […]

Did the Clinton Foundation raise ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ for a hospital in Haiti that was never built?

“Hillary Clinton…took in hundreds of millions of dollars for a hospital in Haiti that went to the Clinton Foundation, that was never built — that was years ago. Where is that money?” –Donald Trump surrogate Michael Cohen, interview on CNN, June 1, 2016 Cohen, the executive vice president of the Trump Organization and special counsel to […]

Fact Checker video: Donald Trump’s far-reaching but false claim about the Iraq War

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump frequently — and falsely — says he opposed the Iraq War “from the beginning,” ahead of the invasion. He uses this as a contrast to Hillary Clinton, who in 2002 voted in favor of authorization for President George W. Bush to launch an invasion if negotiations failed with Iraq over […]

Fact Checker video: Donald Trump’s most outrageous Four-Pinocchio claims

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a tenuous relationship with facts, and we’ve been keeping track of his whoppers in our ongoing tally of his Four-Pinocchio ratings. But some of his claims were more absurd than others, with no basis in fact. Such as when he insisted that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims […]

Gary Johnson’s claim that states operate at a deficit because of federal education requirements

“The Department of Education gives every state about 11 cents out of every school dollar that every state spends, but it comes with 15 cents’ worth of strings attached. So it’s really a negative to take federal money. You know, you’ve got to accomplish A, B, C and D to receive your 11 cents, but […]

Indiana AG touts a debunked and rejected ‘fact’ on sex trafficking

“13 is the average age kids are first used in the sex trade.” — billboard in Indiana, near the Indianapolis 500 Speedway Regular readers know that last year the The Fact Checker exposed a series of false statistics associated with sex trafficking of children. All too often, we found, politicians and organizations credulously accepted flimsy or […]

Trump supporters’ false claim that Trump U judge is a member of a pro-immigrant group

“Trump’s complaints about the judge and the law firm in the Trump University case are valid and reflect a growing pattern of politicized ‘justice.’ Criticizing the judge for his membership in a radical La Raza San Diego group would have been legitimate. Focusing on ethnicity was not.” — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), interview […]

Sorry, Donald Trump, the Trump University judge was just following the law

“He [Judge Gonzalo Curiel] is giving us very unfair rulings, rulings that people can’t even believe. This case should have ended years ago on summary judgment. The best lawyers — I have spoken to so many lawyers — they said, this is not a case. This is a case that should have ended.” — Donald […]

Trump’s claim that Elizabeth Warren made a ‘quick killing’ in foreclosures

“Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes known as Pocahontas, bought foreclosed housing and made a quick killing. Total hypocrite!” —Donald Trump, in a tweet, May 25, 2016 Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for being a hypocrite after Warren attacked Trump for saying, before the housing bubble burst in 2008, that he hoped to […]

Bernie Sanders’s claim that the Fed can rescue Puerto Rico like it rescued Wall Street

“If the Federal Reserve could bail out Wall Street, it can help the 3.5 million American citizens in Puerto Rico improve its economy and lift its children out of poverty. Today, I am calling on the Fed to use its emergency authority under Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act to pave the way for […]

Here’s a guide to Clinton’s claims about Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy speech in San Diego was mostly a very long attack on Donald Trump, with many citations of the statements he has made on foreign policy. Below is a guide to some of her key claims, along with the context in which Trump made them. In most cases Clinton was on target, though in […]

Bernie Sanders’s ‘factually incorrect’ delegate math

“Literally eight months before the first ballot was cast in Iowa, she had almost all of the superdelegates on board. That is an absurd system. … Now, on Tuesday night, on the 7th, you are going to hear from media saying that Hillary Clinton has received 80 or 90 delegates from New Jersey and other states…the […]

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