PolitiFact Florida's top 5 in July 2016
Our fact-checks from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia led to our most clicked-on fact-checks in July. Here’s a look at the most popular fact-checks counting down to No. 1:
5. Did Donald Trump bail on building condos in Florida? Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, said that Florida retirees and families "lost tens of thousands of dollars" in deposits on failed Trump condo projects while Trump "pocketed their money and walked away."
Many buyers lost at least that much in the failed Trump projects in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, although some were partially compensated after suing. Trump was sued by several dozen angry buyers and either settled or was found not at fault, which is not the same as walking away without addressing the problems. We rated this claim Half True.
4. Michael Bloomberg says Trump bashes immigrants yet hires overseas workers: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was referring to Trump using the H-2B visa program to seek hundreds of visas for hundreds of foreign workers to fill temporary positions at his Mar-A-Lago Club in Florida in recent years when he said that Trump "games the U.S. visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages."
Under the program, Trump was supposed to try to fill jobs with people already in the United States. Hundreds of U.S. applicants either applied or were referred for the jobs, but only a handful were hired. Trump has used a legal program to obtain workers with H-2B visas and the process used by Trump is common. We rated this claim Mostly True.
3. Florida: Clinton says Trump said 'I alone can fix it:' Trump did say those words during his convention speech when explaining why he thinks he is the best candidate for president. However, Clinton omitted that in other portions of his speech, he showed a willingness to work with partners including prosecutors, law enforcement and foreign allies. We rated this claim Mostly True.
2. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is wrong about the economy not growing: At the Republican National Convention, Scott said that the United States economy is "not growing." But the GDP has grown between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent each year since 2010. That’s perhaps not the level of growth Scott wants, but it’s misleading to say that the economy isn’t growing at all. We rated this claim False.
1. Trump wrongly blames Clinton for the creation of ISIS: There were several factors that contributed to the growing power of ISIS, but it’s misleading to pin the responsibility solely on Clinton, as Trump did.
For starters, the roots of ISIS trace back to 2004, when George W. Bush was president, and before Clinton was secretary of state under President Barack Obama. She did vote to authorize force in Iraq in 2002 while a senator, but that was advocated by the Bush administration and the vast majority of senators. The intervention in Libya, which she supported, did give ISIS an opening, but Trump is overstating her role by saying she is responsible for ISIS. We rated this claim False.
Other articles that were popular this month included an updated look at statistics on black-on-black murders, whether Trump inherited $100 million and a look at the number of states that have open carry for firearms.
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