State of the Union
President Donald J Trump presented his third State of the Union message last evening, “The Great American Comeback.” Several organizations did a fact check on his speech, including AP, and discovered he lied about several issues and distorted the facts about others. Fact-checking by CNN and the Washington Post indicated the address included at least 31 false, distorted, or otherwise questionable claims. Americans always deserve to be told the truth.
Social Security And Medicare
The president said, “We will always protect your Medicare and your Social Security.” However, during a recent interview with CNBC, he was asked if tackling entitlements would ever be on his agenda. He responded, “At some point they will be.” He went on to say that dealing with entitlements would be “the easiest of all things.” He suggested higher economic growth would make it easier to reduce spending on the programs.
Health Care In The US
The president said, “We will always protect patients with preexisting conditions. That’s a promise, not a guarantee.” In truth, the Trump administration is presently backing a lawsuit led by several conservative-led states. It would overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, which includes the guarantees that people cannot be turned down or charged more for health insurance because of preexisting medical issues.
Manufacturing And Jobs
The president told the nation, “We are restoring our nation’s manufacturing might, even though predictions were that this could never be done. After losing 60,000 factories under the previous two administrations, America has now gained 12,000 new factories under my administration.” Actually, manufacturing has slumped during the last year, although it did advance in the prior two years. Factory output fell 1.3 percent in the previous 12 months based on reports from the Federal Reserve. The gain in manufacturing jobs went from more than 260,000 at the end of 2018 to 46,000 for the 12 months ending in December, according to the Labor Department. Manufacturers lost jobs last year in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. These are all states Trump had promised growth in the occupations.
Oil And Gas
During his address, Trump said, “Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, the United States has become the number one producer of oil and natural gas, anywhere in the world, by far.” In reality, he is taking credit for a US oil and gas production boom that started under the Obama administration. The US Energy Information Administration says the US has been the world’s top natural gas producer since 2009, top petroleum hydrocarbon producer since 2013, and top crude oil producer since 2018.
Trump said, “Before I came into office, if you showed up illegally on our southern border and were arrested, you were simply released and allowed into our country, never to be seen again. My administration has ended catch-and-release. If you come illegally, you will now be promptly removed.” This is a false statement as, under previous administrations, Mexicans were quickly returned back over the US-Mexican border. People from other countries were held in detention until they were deported. Some of the migrants, from other countries, were released into the interior of the US to wait out their immigration cases. Trump claimed that all migrants are now promptly removed; however, that does not explain why, then, there are more than one million immigration court case backlogs.
Trump’s Popularity Rating Is Up
Despite his tweeting, lies, and unique way of governing, President Trump’s favorable rating has reached an all-time high of 49 percent. The lies and misconceptions noted in this article are just part of what the president presented. As of late last year, the president had told more than 15,413 lies, since he took office. His number of lies is overwhelmingly higher than any other president has ever spoken. One must question the reasons behind his lies.