Correcting 21 lies in 3 minutes, Daniel Dale delivers an epic fact check on Trump's speech


Aug. 28 2020, Updated 1:15 p.m. ET

On Thursday, President Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination for President from the White House. But according to CNN, President Trump made more than 20 false or misleading claims during his speech. CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale broke down the speech for Anderson Cooper.

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"Anderson, this president is a serial liar," Dale explained to CNN host Anderson Cooper. "And he serially lied tonight. I counted, preliminarily, more than 20 false or misleading claims. I want to go through a whole bunch of them quickly, because I think it's all important."

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"Trump said Joe Biden is, quote, 'talking about taking down the border wall.' Biden has specifically, explicitly rejected that idea. He just said he'll stop further additional construction.

Trump claimed, as always, that he is the one who passed the Veterans Choice Law. Barack Obama signed that into law in 2014. Trump signed a 2018 law to modify it.

Trump said, 'I have done more for the African-American community than any president since Abraham Lincoln.' That is ludicrous. Lyndon Johnson, for one, signed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Trump, again, touted a, quote, 'record 9 million job gain' over the past three months. He didn't mention, as usual, that that gain follows a record 22-million-job loss over the previous two months.

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He said he'll, quote, 'continue to lower drug prices.' They've increased during his presidency. He said they opened the Jerusalem embassy for less than 500,000. Early documents show it was at least 21 million. He claimed NATO member spending has increased for the first time in about 20 years. Spending, in fact, rose in 2015 and in 2016, before he took office. 

He said he will always, and Republicans will always strongly protect people with pre-existing conditions. That pledge has already been broken. He and they have repeatedly tried to weaken those protections in Obamacare.

He claimed again that he banned travel from China and Europe. No, he imposed partial restrictions with many exemptions. Tens of thousands of people continue traveling over.

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He boasted about the COVID testing system and about his general response. Look, experts near universally say the U.S. was fatally slow in its response, especially slow in setting up adequate testing.

He said that he ended what he called the NAFTA nightmare, and he signed a brand-new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, the USMCA. That agreement preserves, maintains most of NAFTA. 

He boasted about building about 300 miles of border wall. What he didn't say is that most of that is replacement barrier. As of August 7, according to official data, just five miles have been built where none existed before. He suggested that Joe Biden would confiscate guns. That's baseless. Biden is running on a non-mandatory buyback of so-called assault weapons.

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He said Democrats want to defund the police. Biden, again, doesn't, has rejected that.

He said he has, quote, 'very good information' that China wants Biden to win, because Biden is soft on China or cheerleads for China. The U.S. intelligence community says China wants Biden to win, because it sees Trump as unpredictable.

He said Biden vowed to close down charter schools. Biden's plan is skeptical on charters, but would not abolish them entirely.

He denounced Biden for voting for the Iraq War. Biden did, indeed, vote for the Iraq War, but with Trump doesn't mention is that he also supported that invasion.

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He said Democrats twice removed the word "God" from the Pledge of Allegiance at their convention. Two individual caucus meetings outside the main primetime programming did leave it out, but it was uttered in every primetime event.

Trump denounced so-called "cancel culture" as, like, an insidious left-wing thing. He, Donald J. Trump, has tried to give dozens of people and entities canceled, fired, boycotted, including literally last week, Goodyear. 

He said he imposed an order to give 10 years in prison to rioters. That's a maximum, discretionary sentence up to judges in existing laws. His order just asked the government to fully enforce.

And he said that Biden's plan would eliminate America's borders. No, just no. It's wrong."

"Oh, that's it? Just kidding," Anderson Cooper joked as Dale concluded his statement. "There's more," Dale added. "How much time do you got, Anderson?"


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