Saturday at a campaign rally in Melbourne, FL Donald Trump was rejoicing the supposed early successes of his administration. But of course Trump can’t be seen on TV without shouting fake news.
During the ‘rally’, he blabbed:
‘I’m here because I want to be among my friends and among the people. This was a great movement. … I want to be here with you, and I will always be with you, I promise you that. I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news. We are here today to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.’
Does Trump even know how to tell the truth?
Attempting to validate his own beliefs that the media is fake news he quoted President Thomas Jefferson from June 14, 1807: “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.”
However, in 1787 Jefferson had a different opinion in a letter he wrote to Edward Carrington: “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right. And were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”
During a rally Trump announced to thousands that he improved a contract for the F-35 that he claimed was “seven years late, hundreds of billions of dollars over budget.”
He falsely claimed he had debated pricing with Lockheed Martin, a defense contractor, asking them to drop the price “hundreds of millions of dollars off the price.”
Experts on defense and budgets reported the price drop has been in place long before Trump was the man in the oval office. Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, Steve Ellis suggested the price negotiation for the F-35 has been in the works before Trump released his plan to run for president in June of 2015.
‘The savings are a little higher than was initially projected, but all President Trump did was elevate attention to the issue. He’s not responsible for the savings, they were already in the pipeline long before he came on the scene.’
When trying to give reasons why his refugee ban should not have been looked at as a negative thing, Trump again relied on misleading the American people:
‘there was no way to vet those people. There was nodocumentation. There was nothing.’
Once again, that is false. A vetting system, that includes federal intelligence, United Nations, and multiple security agencies, has been in place since the 1980’s. It usually is a one to two year process with multiple hoops to jump through with extensive background examinations. On top of all the expectations to be met, Syrians have additional expectations to meet.
David Martin, a professor at the University of Virginia who formerly worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department reported:
‘No system is foolproof. If we really wanted a foolproof system, we would shut down immigration entirely.’
Of course Trump also opposed the polls that predicted he would lose the 2016 election and praised the ones that showed an increase in optimism of the people.
‘Look at what’s happening to every poll when it comes to optimism in our country. It’s sweeping across the country.’
There are polls to back up Trump’s statement but also more that oppose it. One of the supporting documents is Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index, which showed an increase in the country’s economic outcomes.
On the other hand there is a whopping 57% of Americans that have a negative view of the United States standing in the world, which is the highest it has been in ten years according to Gallup. Trump also has a low approval rate than any other president since Dwight Eisenhower at 41%.
Trump tried to throw Obama under the bus by suggesting that Obama was the one who chose the countries in which Trump’s immigration ban would be directed towards. However that is untrue. Obama’s administration did restrict entrance into the U.S. for those who lived in or visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011. They were required to have a visa not just a Visa Waiver, that allows for a 90 day visit for foreign visitors.
Shortly after Obama’s Homeland Security Department expanded the provision to include Libya Somalia, and Yemen, which were apart of a list of countries of concern.
A few other things that have been anything but true- the fact that Trump claims he inherited a mess, saying the media doesn’t show his audience which they do, and Trump claiming women supported him in the election. There are no polls or graphs that back him up. He was right thought about the stock market setting new highs, just wrong about the part that it is related to the optimism people have for his term.
Featured image via GettyImages/ Noam Galai.