Mr. Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday night with the GOP applauding his every word. According to CBS News:
‘Mr. Trump touted economic progress under his leadership as well as legislative accomplishments including the Republican-sponsored tax overhaul that he signed into law in December. The president also highlighted the need for an immigration fix. Other unfinished items on his agenda include an infrastructure deal, a boost to military funding and a repeal of Obamacare.’
The problem is that fact-checkers were able to debunk most of what Trump had to say. PolitiFact and FactCheck both had a lot to say about Trump’s lies. One of his grandest lies appears to be about tax reform, which isn’t at all surprising.
This is completely inaccurate according to PolitiFact:
‘The current tax proposal is still a work in progress, but the Senate budget resolution allows it to reduce federal revenues by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. An estimate by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget suggests that, when all is said and done, the reduction in tax revenues will increase to $2.2 trillion over 10 years.’
Joseph J. Thorndike, director of the Tax History Project at the group Tax Analysts, said:
‘Unless lawmakers scrap their current plans for tax reform and start over from scratch, it’s simply implausible to claim that this legislation will provide the largest tax cut in U.S. history.’
Another claim Trump made was that a New York terror suspect brought in more than 20 family members.
Saipov came from Ubekistan in 2010 through the diversity VISA lottery program, which admits up to 50,000 people from countries with low immigration numbers to the U.S. Saipov ended up getting married in the U.S. to a woman who already lived here, and their three children are U.S. citizens.
Stephen H. Legomsky, an emeritus professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis who served as chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from 2011 to 2013, explained that Trump’s claim is simply untrue saying:
‘Unless Saipov had 22 unmarried, under-age-21 children at the time he came here, President Trump’s statement that Saipov brought 22 people with him is clearly false.’
Trump also lied to the American people about wage growth, claiming that he is basically responsible for rising wages after years of stagnation. Trump tried to make the American people believe that’s he doing such a “tremendous” job creating jobs, saying:
‘I really think jobs can have a big impact…I think if we continue to create jobs at levels that I’m creating jobs, I think that’s going to have a tremendous impact, positive impact, on race relations.’
The truth is that wages have been rising since 2014 and it’s not something for which Trump can take the credit.
Another large falsehood of Mr. Trump’s involves energy. He prided himself on how his administration had lifted more regulations in their first year than any other administration, and claimed to have ended the war on coal.
According to FactCheck.org:
‘The number of coal mining jobs, which Trump promised to bring back, went up by only 500. Manufacturing jobs grew just a bit faster than total employment.’
Trump made an even more absurd comment that the U.S. is a “proud exporter of energy to the world,” which was extremely perplexing to many experts on the subject. Paul Sullivan, a professor at National Defense University and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University who specializes in energy security issues, pointed out that if that statement is meant to be taken literally, then it’s absolutely false. Sullivan said:
‘We have been exporting coal, natural gas, electricity, refined products and energy technologies for a very long time. We were once, during the time of JD Rockefeller, the world’s near monopoly on kerosene. Liquefied natural gas exports from Alaska to Japan have been around for a long time. Piped gas to Mexico and Canada are normal events. We have a massive electricity trade with Canada.’
The president also lied about the green card lottery saying that the visa lottery “hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people.” This is a blatant lie as well.
It appears that not a lot of what Trump had to say was true or included a small grain of truth if you took the time to really break it down. Sadly, people will believe it and continue to drink his poison.
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