Donald Trump’s campaign started running it’s first general election television spot in several battleground states over the past few days. If you haven’t seen it, check it out before reading on:
Fact checkers have blown apart Donald Trump’s first general election campaign ad, by finding that the television spot contains one lie every four seconds!
Trump’s ad begins with a claim that the system is rigged against Americans. PolitiFact has rated this a 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.”
The ad claims there is a flood of Syrian refugees coming into the US. According to an ABC News fact check:
“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.”
Trump’s ad claimed that illegal immigrants who commit crimes get to stay in the US, but this is also false. According to a Washington Post fact check:
“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.”
The ad accused undocumented immigrants of skipping the line and collecting Social Security. PolitFact also rated this statement as not totally true.
“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.”
Trump claimed that Clinton’s immigration plan would open the borders, but an AP fact check found that this wasn’t true:
“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.”
Trump’s ad also lied about having a plan and lied about keeping the borders secure.
In sum, the thirty second ad contains seven debunked lies. Trump is airing an ad that tells a lie to voters once every four seconds. And Trump repeatedly tells his followers that only he is capable of telling the truth and his opponents are all liars.
Trump’s hypocrisy is staggering. This writer is unable to recall any previous presidential candidate piling lie upon lie at such a pace. If Trump is elected, it will be based on his willingness to lie through the campaign and his followers refusal to engage in any fact checking. In other words, if he becomes president it will be by putting one over on the uninformed voters he has fooled.