P.T. Barnum once said there’s a sucker born every minute, but Donald Trump just put the renowned huckster to shame with his campaign’s first video ad. Seriously, this gem’s only 30 seconds long and was proven by fact-checkers to contain six bald-faced lies.
Yep, that’s one lie every five seconds.
For starters, the ad claims that if Hillary Clinton wins, it’s because our elections are rigged. But Donald Trump’s campaign implies that the Democratic Party is to blame. He never once mentions the fact that his party is behind all the gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and voting-related budget cuts that have occurred in recent years. He also does not explain how a rigged system would have let the likes of him win the GOP nomination.
Donald Trump lie #1. The election’s rigged.
“In Hillary Clinton’s America, the system stays rigged against Americans,” Mein Trumpf’s campaign ad proclaims. PolitiFact rates this whopper a bald-faced, pants-on-fire lie.
‘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.’
Donald Trump lie #2. Syrian refugees are flooding our borders.
No, they’re not. President Barack Obama wants to get a mere 10,000 Syrian refugees settled in by fall. But that won’t happen. The Trump campaign forgets that our immigration system’s bureaucracy moves at the sloth-like pace of a herd of banana slugs rampaging through fields of molasses. An ABC News fact check states:
‘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.’
Donald Trump lie #3. Illegal immigrants get to stay in the U.S. after committing crimes.
No, Annoying Orange, they don’t. The Washington Post states:
‘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.’
Donald Trump lie #4. Undocumented immigrants are “skipping the line” to collect social security.
Sorry, Donald Trump. That’s not happening, either. In fact, PolitFact says it’s the opposite. Undocumented immigrants pay into the system and receive nothing from us.
‘Also, 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.’
Donald Trump Lie #5. Hillary Clinton’s immigration plan will create (horror of horrors!) “open borders.”
Surprise! That’s not true, either. The Short-Fingered Vulgarian has said this before, and the AP fact checked him after a speech in New York back in June.
‘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.’
Donald Trump Lie #6. He has a plan to “make America safe again.”
No, he does not have a plan. Except for “building a wall.” And that does not count as a plan because that wall will never happen and there’s no way Mexico will ever pay for it. Back in June, Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, “There is no way that Mexico can pay [for] a wall like that.”
‘…and I’ll say it again, this is what we have been doing with the U.S. government. We have a relationship of coordination, of collaboration and of cooperation in the area of security, precisely in order to have security in Mexico, to have security in the U.S. and … we are journey companions. We are strategic partners working for security in North America.’
Watch: Donald Trump’s campaign ad lies at an astounding rate of one every five seconds.
Featured image: Video screengrab via The Trump-Pence campaign.