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Does Huma Abedin have ‘ties’ to the Muslim Brotherhood?

“Why aren’t we talking about Huma [Abedin] and her ties to the Muslim Brotherhood? Why aren’t we talking about the fact that she was an editor for a Sharia newspaper?” — Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), interview on CNN, Aug. 23, 2016 Huma Abedin is a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, […]

Trump’s misleading claim that 58 percent of black youths are unemployed

“Look at how much African American communities are suffering from Democratic control. … Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?” — Donald Trump, rally in Dimondale, Mich., Aug. 19, 2016 “He’s [Trump] saying, ‘How in the world can we abide a 58 percent unemployment rate among African […]

Pro-Clinton group takes a Donald Trump quote out of context

“You have to be wealthy in order to be great, I’m sorry to say it.” — Donald Trump, quoted in a new ad by Priorities USA  With the wealth of outrageous Trump statements available to opposition researchers, why would a pro-Hillary Clinton group push the envelope by taking a quote out of context? Beats us. […]

Clinton’s misleading citation of ’15 million jobs’ under Obama

“Under their leadership we’ve created 15 million new private-sector jobs, 20 million people now have health care and the auto industry just had its best year ever.” — Hillary Clinton, speech in Scranton, Pa., Aug. 15, 2016 “We’ve got to build on the progress we’ve made, 15 million new jobs in the last 7 1/2 years, […]

Trump’s false claim that undocumented immigrants collect Social Security benefits

In Hillary Clinton’s America, “illegal immigrants … [are] collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line.” –voice-over in a Donald Trump campaign ad, Aug. 19, 2016 The Donald Trump campaign released its first political ad of the general election, focused on immigration. It begins with a hypothetical situation of what immigration would look like under Democrat […]

Trump’s claim attributing the 20-year New York City crime decline to Giuliani’s policies

“Good policing saves lives. My dear friend, Rudy Giuliani, knows a thing or two about this. The policies put into place by Rudy ultimately brought down crime by 76 percent and murder by 84 percent. Think of how many families were saved, how much heartache was prevented, when police were put into communities and criminals […]

Trump’s claim that Clinton lacks the ‘physical stamina’ to be president

“To defeat crime and radical Islamic terrorism in our country, to win trade in our country, you need tremendous physical and mental strength and stamina. Hillary Clinton doesn’t have that strength and stamina.” — Donald Trump, speech in West Bend, Wis., Aug. 16, 2016 “Importantly, she also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on […]

Bill Clinton’s misleading claim about ‘marked classified’ information in Hillary Clinton’s emails

“The FBI director said, when he testified to Congress, he had to amend the previous day’s statement, that she had never received any emails marked classified. They saw two little notes with a ‘C’ on it. This is the biggest load of bull I ever heard. They were about telephone calls that she needed to […]

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s ‘major’ speech on the Islamic State

Donald Trump traveled to Youngstown, Ohio, to deliver what was billed as a “major” speech on how to deal with the threat posed by the Islamic State terror group, aka ISIS. For reasons known only to Trump, he continued to repeat false statements that have been repeatedly debunked in the past. So here’s a round-up […]

The NRA’s false claim that Hillary Clinton doesn’t believe Americans can keep guns at home

Hillary Clinton “doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.” — Voice-over in National Rifle Association ad, released Aug. 10, 2016 This ad features an actress, made up to look like Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, gliding through a privileged existence, much like an episode of the “Lifestyles of the Rich […]

Mike Pence’s claim that Indiana has the largest school voucher program

“I’m proud to be from the state that has the largest education voucher program in America.” — Republican vice-presidential nominee and Indiana Gov.  Mike Pence, rally in Denver, Aug. 3, 2016 “In the last four years, we passed the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, and now are home to the largest school voucher […]

Trump’s claim that Obama is ‘founder’ of ISIS: An interview with Joby Warrick

“ISIS is honoring President Obama. He’s the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be Crooked Hillary Clinton.” — Donald Trump, remarks at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 10, 2016 Rather than yet another fact check of yet another bizarre claim by Donald Trump, we decided to take […]

Too good to check: Sean Hannity’s tale of a Trump rescue

“The Trump campaign has confirmed to Hannity.com that Mr. Trump did indeed send his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to transport over 200 Gulf War Marines back home.” — quote in article titled “200 Stranded Marines Needed A Plane Ride Home, Here’s How Donald Trump Responded,” Sean Hannity Show […]

Pro-Trump ad suggests Clinton Foundation donations contributed to Clintons’ net worth

“It didn’t last long. A foundation was created and money started to roll in. Speeches, connections and donations. Misogynistic regimes. Wall Street insiders. Corrupt dictators. They all had one thing in common: Their check cleared. The Clintons are now worth in excess of $100 million.” — voice-over in “Dead Broke,” an ad by pro-Trump super […]

Trump’s remarkable suggestion that Clinton’s emails led to an Iranian defector’s death

“Sean, we’ve got to get to the bottom of it. We’ve got to find out whether Mr. Amiri, who was executed this last weekend, was essentially, he became public because of the revelations in Hillary Clinton’s email. … It is heartbreaking to think that someone who would have cooperated, as reports indicated, with the United […]

Fact checking Donald Trump’s speech to the Detroit Economic Club

In an effort to reset his troubled presidential campaign, Donald Trump gave a prepared speech to the Detroit Economic Club, an important venue for major economic addresses. Here’s a guide to 16 of the more fact-challenged assertions made by the GOP nominee. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios in speech round-ups. “Hillary Clinton […]

Trump’s false claim that Clinton only recently pledged to renegotiate NAFTA

“Yesterday for the first time she said she wants to renegotiate trade agreements. First time, yesterday. Well, because of me.” — Donald Trump, news conference, July 27, 2016 Donald Trump likes to congratulate himself for spurring action. In recent weeks, in numerous settings, he has asserted that Hillary Clinton only now began to say she […]

In context: Clinton did not say she ‘short-circuited’

“So I may have short-circuited it and for that I, you know, will try to clarify because I think — you know, Chris Wallace and I, we’re probably talking past each other be — because, of course, he could only talk to what I had told the FBI and I appreciated that.” — Hillary Clinton, remarks […]

Trump is right: He didn’t kick a baby out of a campaign rally

“The press came out with headlines: ‘Trump throws baby out of arena.’ So dishonest. I mean these are dishonest people. I could give you 20 stories like that. Everyone’s having fun, we’re smiling, I’m waving. Everyone’s having fun, but they say Trump throws baby [out]. You know how terrible that is? It’s such a lie. […]

Trump’s claim that McCain has ‘not done a good job’ for veterans

“I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should’ve done a much better job for the vets. He has not done a good job for the vets and I’ve always felt that he should’ve done a much better job for the vets.” — Donald Trump, interview with The Washington Post, […]

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