Donald Trump, rallying in Big D, has a Truth-O-Meter record laden with False ratings
Donald Trump, who's throwing a rally for his presidential campaign in Dallas, brings a Truth-O-Meter record heavy with False ratings.
Also, PolitiFact has yet to find a Trump claim True.
Then again, PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., most recently found this Trump claim Mostly True: "The top man at Yale Law School came out ... with just a raging report" about former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, saying she is "one of the worst executives in his memory in history running the company." This statement misfired in minor ways; Sonnenfeld, who teaches in Yale's business school, doesn’t exactly say Fiorina is the worst HP CEO in "his memory." But he has been a critic of her record leading the company.
Otherwise, to date, nearly half of some 44 Trump statements run through the Truth-O-Meter have landed False ratings.
Among the Trump declarations found False:
- He said that under the Iran deal, "if Israel attacks Iran … we’re supposed to be on Iran’s side." The claim rests on an interpretation of a provision that the U.S. and other partners are prepared, "as appropriate," to cooperate with training to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage. But the White House has made it clear that its interpretation of the provision is that it is targeted at terrorists and saboteurs, not Israel or other U.S. allies. See PolitiFact Virginia's full analysis.
- He said: "We have 93 million people out of work. They look for jobs, they give up, and all of a sudden, statistically, they're considered employed." This statement represents a basic misunderstanding of the labor market. Once you strip out full-time students, senior citizens, the disabled, and those who have chosen not to work to take care of their children, a more reasonable estimate of "out of work" Americans is somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 million, or less than a quarter of Trump’s figure. Meanwhile, he is flat wrong that the government reclassifies discouraged workers as "employed." See PolitiFact's breakdown here.
- Trump said: "We’re the most highly taxed nation in the world." Actually, depending on the measurement you use, the United States is either in the middle of the pack or on the lighter end of taxation when compared to other advanced industrialized nations. See the tax stack-up here.