On Monday, June 13, Donald Trump delivered a speech responding to the mass shooting that took place at Pulse, an Orlando gay club. During his speech, Trump made a lot of claims about Hillary Clinton, immigration, and gun control. Almost immediately after, though, people began fact-checking Trump and found that most of the claims he made were flat-out lies.
One of the first big lies that Trump told had to do with the shooter in the Pulse attack. Trump said of the shooter, Omar Mateen, that he was “born in Afghan, of Afghan parents, who immigrated to the United States. The only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here.”
First of all, there is the fact that “Afghan” is not a country. Second, Omar Mateen was born in the United States. His parents immigrated to the country from Afghanistan, but he was born in the same state as Trump: New York.
Donald Trump says the Orlando killer was “born in Afghan.” Not only is that not a country, but he was born in New York.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) June 13, 2016
Trump has made it clear again and again that he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. He delved deeper into that plan when delivering his speech as he told the crowd:
‘When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats.’
Unfortunately for Trump, as NBC points out, “Federal law does give the president wide and fairly unilateral authority to restrict immigration.”
While the president does have authority to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens” if he finds that their entry “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States,” that authority is generally based off of policy goals and threat assessments like geography and profiles, rather than protected classes like religion or race. If the president did try to ban everyone who identifies with a certain religion, that ban would likely be challenged and struck down by the Supreme Court.
Moving on to Hillary Clinton, Trump argued that,
‘Having learned nothing from these attacks, she now plans to massively increase admissions without a screening plan, including a 500 percent increase in Syrian refugees.’
While Clinton does want to increase the number of Syrian refugees accepted into the United states from Obama’s original 10,000 to 65,000, which is more that the 500 percent increase Trump claimed, she also wants to, according to the Wall Street Journal, “begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in, looking to really emphasize some of those who are most vulnerable,” including “a lot of the persecuted religious minorities, including Christians, and some who have been brutalized, like the Yazidi women.”
Trump also attacked Clinton for wanting stricter gun control laws, which to him and most Republicans translates to wanting to completely abolish the second amendment. While Trump claims that “Her plan is to disarm law-abiding Americans, abolishing the 2nd amendment, and leaving only the bad guys and terrorists with guns,” never has Clinton actually presented such a plan.
Clinton has called for universal background checks, the banning of assault weapons, and the barring of those who are on the terror watch list from purchasing a firearm. None of these reasonable protections equal a complete ban on the second amendment.
Watch Trump’s full speech below, courtesy of Fox 10 Phoenix via YouTube:
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