With just a few weeks left before he officially loses to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has released his first general election campaign ad.
Aside from the fact that Trump’s new ad whines about how the system is “rigged” by voter fraud, the ad is raising eyebrows for a completely different reason – it claims something false every four seconds. Watch the ad below and see if you can separate fact from fiction:
Upon seeing Trump’s new ad, fact checkers have delivered a devastating blow to Trump and his campaign by exposing them for telling one lie every four seconds.
Right from the start of the ad, Trump is being dishonest. The ad starts off with Trump accusing the voting system of being rigged against American voters – an accusation that PolitiFact is calling a “pants on fire” lie. The fact-checker writes:
While there are isolated examples of bought local elections, experts say it cannot be replicated on a national scale. While it is possible to tamper with electronic voting machines, there is no evidence deliberate malfeasance has altered any election.
An ABC News fact check also debunks the ad’s claim that Syrian refugees were invading the United States in droves. The fact checker says:
The vetting process typically takes from 18-24 months. To expedite the process for Syrian refugees, the Obama Administration launched a surge operation with the hopes of reducing the time to three months in hopes of resettling some 10,000 refugees by fall 2016. According to the New York Times, however, the ‘onerous and complex web of security checks and vetting procedures’ has hampered the expedited process.
Keeping in line with the GOP’s love of fear mongering, Trump’s ad tells viewers that illegal immigrants are allowed to stay in America even if they’re criminals. A Washington Post fact check sets this straight:
We reviewed cases from 2014 and 2015 involving 76 people charged with activities relating to foreign terrorist organizations. The majority of those cases involved naturalized U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. There were both naturalized and natural-born U.S. citizens (including those of Caucasian, African American or Hispanic descent). Many of the naturalized citizens had arrived in the country as children, and therefore, not ‘recent’ immigrants.
PolitiFact weighed in on the claim that undocumented immigrants were collecting Social Security and skipping the line. Noting that the statement was misleading, the fact checker said “It’s important to note that illegal immigrants pay an estimated $12 billion in payroll taxes to Social Security and don’t receive benefits. So Trump is leaving out a significant part of the picture when it comes to taxes and undocumented workers.”
Further on immigration, Trump claimed Clinton’s immigration plan would open the borders – something that an AP fact check debunked:
It’s not true that Clinton’s plan would create open borders. Her plan does call for a pathway to citizenship that would allow people currently in the country illegally to stay, but only after going through a series of steps to become a citizen. On enforcement, Clinton has called for focusing on ‘detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety,’ but not ending enforcement outright.
All lies counted, dishonest Trump somehow managed to squeeze seven lies into just a short 30-second ad – and yet he has the nerve to call Clinton “dishonest.” Democrats are spot-on when they say Trump is running a campaign of lies, and this proves that any time Trump is running his mouth, he’s probably spewing bullsh*t. Unfortunately, his supporters don’t care about the facts.
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