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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on mail bombs, 9/11, tax cut

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President Donald Trump speaks throughout a rally at Southern Illinois Airport Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Murphysboro, Unwell. (AP Photograph/Jeff Roberson)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a ultimate run-up to the Nov. 6 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is spreading false innuendo and untruths in relation to the mail bombs despatched to a number of targets of his derision and the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults.

He means that it was his obligation to return to the marketing campaign path within the fast aftermath of one of many deadliest shootings of Jews in U.S. historical past, recalling with dramatic impact a herculean effort the New York Inventory Trade made to reopen the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults. The NYSE truly didn’t reopen till six days later.

Trump speaks of an ominous drawback of voting fraud, even when the precise variety of instances could be very small, and gave delicate credence to the notion that bombs mailed to Democrats have been truly a ploy to harm Republicans within the election. That flew within the face of recognized details within the episode.

In the meantime, on coverage issues, Trump’s boast that he’ll quickly safe a tax cut for middle-class households is very questionable. He additionally inflates his achievement in appointing justices to the Supreme Courtroom, a feat matched by quite a few earlier presidents.

A take a look at deceptive rhetoric, each Republican and Democratic, over the previous week:

9/11 ATTACKS

TRUMP: “With what happened early today, that horrible, horrible attack in Pittsburgh, I was saying maybe I should cancel both this and that. And then I said to myself, I remembered … the New York Stock Exchange on September 11th, and the New York Stock Exchange was open the following day. …We can’t make these sick, demented, evil people important.” — Illinois rally Saturday.

TRUMP: “I remember what Dick Grasso did with the New York Stock Exchange and what happened on Sept. 11 and I said, you can’t let these evil people change your life, change your schedules, change anything.” — remarks Saturday to reporters in Murphysboro, Illinois.

THE FACTS: No, the NYSE didn’t reopen the day after 9/11. Trump factors to the NYSE’s fast reopening to elucidate why he was showing at a political rally within the instant aftermath of a capturing at a Pittsburgh synagogue. That capturing by a lone gunman throughout Sabbath providers left 11 lifeless and was one of many deadliest assaults on Jews in U.S. historical past.

The truth is, after the Sept. 11 assaults, the NYSE and Nasdaq exchanges remained closed till Monday, Sept. 17, the longest shutdown since 1933.

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PRESS FREEDOM

FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “It shouldn’t be a Democratic or Republican to say you don’t punish political opponents or threaten the freedom of the press, just because you don’t like what they say or write about you.” — Wisconsin rally Friday.

THE FACTS: Obama truly took extraordinary actions to dam the movement of data to the general public.

The Obama administration prosecuted extra individuals for leaking delicate info to the general public than all earlier administrations mixed. Obama’s Justice Division dug into confidential communications between information organizations and their sources as a part of that effort.

In 2013, the Obama administration obtained the data of 20 Related Press workplace telephone strains and reporters’ house and cell telephones, seizing them with out discover, as a part of an investigation into the disclosure of details about a foiled al-Qaida terrorist plot.

AP was not the goal of the investigation. However it referred to as the seizure a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into its news-gathering actions, betraying details about its operations “that the government has no conceivable right to know.”

Obama’s Justice Division additionally secretly dogged Fox Information journalist James Rosen, getting his telephone data, monitoring his arrivals and departures on the State Division via his security-badge use, acquiring a search warrant to see his private emails and naming him as a attainable felony conspirator within the investigation of a information leak.

“The Obama administration,” The New York Occasions editorial board wrote on the time, “has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.”

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POLITICAL VIOLENCE

TRUMP: “Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this ‘Bomb’ stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!” — tweet Friday.

THE FACTS: His use of “bomb” in citation marks lent weight to conspiracy theories that Democrats and CNN have been focused as a part of a liberal plot to drum up voter anger at Trump and fellow Republicans. There’s no proof of that. Trump’s tweet bemoaned the diversion of consideration away from the marketing campaign by information organizations that shifted precedence to the assault. Given Trump’s vow that no effort can be spared to convey the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice, it’s questionable whether or not the president truly believed the idea he appeared to be subscribing to within the tweet.

Later Friday, police arrested a Florida man who’s a fervent Trump supporter and accused him of sending greater than a dozen mail bombs. Trump hailed regulation enforcement for appearing so swiftly towards “terrorizing acts” he referred to as “despicable.”

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TRUMP, on the invention of pipe bombs concentrating on outstanding Democratic politicians and CNN: “Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.” — Wisconsin rally Wednesday.

THE FACTS: Trump particularly calls out opponents as being morally faulty. He referred to as Democrats and different opponents of Justice Brett Kavanaugh “very evil people.” He has routinely described Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters as “low IQ.” She was amongst these focused by pipe bombs within the mail, as was CNN, prime among the many information organizations he calls “fake” and an “enemy of the people” in his stump speech.

For a lot of his political profession, Trump has typically embraced deeply private assaults towards his opponents. In the course of the 2016 marketing campaign, for example, he repeatedly inspired supporters to bodily assault liberal protesters, providing to pay for his or her authorized payments.

His current rhetoric has typically turned darker.

“The Democrats are willing to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave,” Trump declared at a Minnesota rally this month. “They want to destroy.”

He additionally praised a Republican congressman from Montana for physique slamming a reporter.

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JUDGES

TRUMP: “You know, many presidents don’t get a chance to put a Supreme Court justice on. Here we are, less than two years, we’ve put two of them on. Right? So if we go at this clip, we’ll put eight of them on. How do you like that idea? Eight! One a year. We’ll do one a year.” — Wisconsin rally Wednesday.

THE FACTS: He’s fallacious. Virtually each U.S. president actually has had an opportunity to nominate a justice to the Supreme Courtroom; solely 4 haven’t. Trump additionally doesn’t notably stand out amongst presidents for having appointed two justices by the 21-month mark in his time period.

Solely 4 U.S. presidents did not nominate a justice. Two of them, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor, died throughout their first time period in workplace, whereas Jimmy Carter served one time period as president. Andrew Johnson additionally was disadvantaged of an opportunity after Congress in 1866 shrunk the dimensions of the Supreme Courtroom from 10 justices to seven.

By their 21st month in workplace, at the very least 9 different U.S. presidents apart from Trump had already appointed two justices, together with Democrats Barack Obama and Invoice Clinton.

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TAX CUTS

TRUMP: “We’re going to be putting in a 10 percent tax cut for middle-income families. It’s going to be put in next week, 10 percent tax cut. Kevin Brady is working on it. We’ve been working on it for a few months, a 10 percent brand-new — and that is in addition to the big tax cuts that you’ve already gotten. But this one is for middle income.” — Texas rally Oct. 22.

TRUMP: “We just passed a massive tax cut for working families. And we will soon follow it up with another 10 percent tax cut for the middle class.” — Illinois rally Saturday.

THE FACTS: A actuality examine is so as.

His suggestion that he can quickly safe a tax cut for middle-class households is very questionable. Congress is out of session as lawmakers marketing campaign for the Nov. 6 midterm elections. When pressed about when a invoice may be permitted, Trump insisted that “we’ll do the vote after the election.”

However he’s making an enormous assumption that Congress can act in a lame-duck session this yr or that Republicans will hold management of the Home and Senate subsequent yr.

Addressing reporters on Wednesday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch stated it was “highly unlikely” the Senate would vote on Trump’s tax cut plan after the election. When requested if it might move, he stated: “I’ve seen miracles happen before.”

Coming so near crucial elections, the tax proposal seemed to be extra a tacit acknowledgement by the Trump administration that the $1.5 trillion package deal of tax cuts handed final yr did not ship the political traction that Republicans had hoped for. So he’s dangling the prospect for extra.

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TRUMP: “We’ve saved your family farms, ranches and small businesses from the estate tax, also known as the death tax. …There’s no tax. …That was in our tax cuts.” — Texas rally Oct. 22.

THE FACTS: There’s so an property tax. The Republican-controlled Congress didn’t get rid of the property tax as a part of its 2017 regulation. Quite, it elevated the tax exemption — briefly — so fewer individuals might be topic to these taxes. There additionally wasn’t a lot that Trump “saved” since only a few farms or small companies have been topic to an property tax even earlier than the 2017 regulation.

Beforehand, any belongings from estates valued at greater than $5.49 million, or almost $11 million for couples, have been topic to the property tax in 2017. The brand new regulation doubled that minimal for 2018 to $11.2 million, or $22.four million for couples. These elevated minimums will expire on the finish of 2025.

In response to an evaluation by the nonpartisan Tax Coverage Middle, solely about 50 small farms and intently held companies have been topic to the property tax in 2017. These estates symbolize about 1 % of all taxable property tax returns.

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VOTER FRAUD

TRUMP: “All levels of government and Law Enforcement are watching carefully for VOTER FRAUD, including during EARLY VOTING. Cheat at your own peril. Violators will be subject to maximum penalties, both civil and criminal!” — tweet Oct. 20.

TRUMP: “The illegals — and by the way, I hate to tell you, you go to California, you go — they vote anyway. They vote anyway. And they’re not supposed to. …Voter ID, folks. Voter ID. Voter ID.” — Texas rally Oct. 22.

THE FACTS: He’s exaggerating the extent of voting fraud.

The precise variety of fraud instances could be very small, and the sort that voter IDs are designed to stop — voter impersonation on the poll field — is nearly nonexistent.

In courtroom instances which have invalidated some ID legal guidelines as having discriminatory results, election officers might barely cite a case through which an individual was charged with in-person voting fraud.

Democrats have opposed voter-ID legal guidelines as unnecessarily proscribing entry for nonwhites and younger individuals, who are likely to vote Democratic. Republicans accuse Democrats of wanting noncitizens to have the ability to vote in U.S. elections.

Trump typically asserts that voter fraud is a big difficulty, however has not offered proof of consequential fraud.

After the 2016 election, Trump convened a fee to research potential voting fraud, after alleging repeatedly and with out proof that fraud value him the favored vote. Trump gained the Electoral School.

However he disbanded the panel in January, blaming the choice on greater than a dozen states that refused to adjust to the fee’s demand for reams of private voter knowledge.

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PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

TRUMP: “Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican.” — tweet Wednesday.

THE FACTS: He’s not “totally” defending well being protection for sufferers with pre-existing medical circumstances. In truth, his Justice Division is arguing in courtroom that these protections within the Obama-era well being regulation ought to fall. And the short-term well being plans Trump typically promotes as a discount various supply no assure of masking pre-existing circumstances.

Authorities legal professionals stated in authorized filings in June that they’ll not defend key elements of the Reasonably priced Care Act, together with provisions that assure entry to medical insurance no matter any medical circumstances. Lawyer Basic Jeff Periods wrote in a letter to Congress that Trump accepted the authorized technique.

The choice was a uncommon departure from the Justice Division’s customized of defending federal legal guidelines in courtroom. It got here after Texas and different Republican-led states sued to strike down all the regulation as a result of Congress repealed a provision that folks with out medical insurance should pay a wonderful.

The Trump administration stated it gained’t defend the supply shielding individuals with medical circumstances from being denied protection or charged greater premiums.

Former President Barack Obama’s well being care regulation requires insurers to take all candidates, no matter medical historical past, and sufferers with well being issues pay the identical commonplace premiums as wholesome ones. Payments supported final yr by Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal the regulation might have pushed up prices for individuals with pre-existing circumstances.

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Related Press writers Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.

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