AP reality test: Trump’s errant views on voting, Biden miscues

Washington, September 7

President Donald Trump has been placing forth convoluted steerage to his supporters on submitting double votes within the November election, an act that might be unlawful and threat public security within the pandemic.

In every week crammed with fabrication, half-truths and misrepresentation, he additionally wrongly took full credit score for veterans’ enhancements that had been below approach earlier than he took workplace.

He stated he by no means referred to as John McCain a loser — he did — and in addition distorted occasions in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, Democratic rival Joe Biden falsely claimed to have been the primary individual to have referred to as for using emergency manufacturing powers within the pandemic, and he tried to make clear the historical past of the incandescent bulb, however was a bit hazy.

A take a look at current claims and actuality:


TRUMP: “So you sign your ballot and mail it in, just mail it … On election day or early voting, go to your polling place, even though you’ve mailed it in, go to your polling place to see whether or not your mail-in vote has been tabulated or counted. … So if it hasn’t been counted, if it doesn’t show up, go and vote. And then if your mail-in ballot arrives after you vote, which it shouldn’t, but possibly it could, perhaps. That ballot will not be used … So send it in and then see, and then vote, and let’s see what happens.” — North Carolina tele-rally on Friday.

TRUMP: “Send in your ballots, send them in strong … And you send them in, but you go to vote. If they haven’t counted it, you can vote.” — interview Wednesday with WECT TV6 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

THE FACTS: To be clear, it’s unlawful in all 50 states and below federal legislation to vote twice in an election.

Election officers additionally advise individuals towards heading to the polls to test on their mail-in ballots after which trying to solid one other poll if there isn’t full verification, saying it can trigger pointless chaos, lengthy waits and well being risks within the pandemic.

Contrary to what Trump suggests, info on whether or not a poll has been counted is often not out there immediately. In a number of states, absentee ballots aren’t even counted till after polls shut. What could be checked is whether or not an absentee poll has been acquired, and in some circumstances, whether or not it has handed a safety evaluate and shall be submitted for counting.


TRUMP, claiming Biden needs to “eliminate America’s borders”: “He wants to tear down the wall — he actually suggested tearing down the wall that we fought so hard to get built.” — North Carolina tele-rally on Friday.

THE FACTS: That’s false.

Biden’s immigration plan doesn’t embrace cash for brand spanking new border fencing, and he and his marketing campaign job drive on immigration aren’t calling for any new partitions. But neither has proposed taking down current limitations.

Asked particularly by NPR final month if he would tear down the wall, Biden stated: “No. There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1.” “No. 2 … I’m going to make sure that we have border protection, but it’s going to be based on making sure that we use high-tech capacity to deal with it and at the ports of entry. That’s where all bad stuff is happening.”


BIDEN: “When it got up to March, I kept saying, ‘Look, you’ve got to invoke,’ and you remember, I think I was the first — I may be mistaken — person calling for the Defence Production Act.” — remark after a information convention Wednesday.

THE FACTS: He is right about being mistaken.

Biden issued an announcement March 18 saying he was issuing a name for Trump to invoke the Defence Production Act to present precedence to “and immediately increase domestic production of any critical medical equipment required to respond to this crisis — such as the production of ventilators and associated training to operate.”           

His name got here the identical day Trump signed an order to make use of his authority below the act.

Five days earlier a gaggle of Democrats in Congress wrote to Trump asking him to make use of powers below the act, a step that Trump officers and others had been discussing publicly for a number of weeks.


BIDEN: “Donald Trump may be the only president in modern history to leave office with fewer jobs than when he took office.” — Wilmington, Delaware, speech Friday.

THE FACTS: Maybe sure, possibly no.

Not since Depression-era Herbert Hoover has a president left workplace with a report of fewer jobs than when he started.

This may occur to Trump due to the pandemic, however he may additionally find yourself with a small acquire.

In August there have been 4.7 million fewer jobs than there have been when Trump was inaugurated in January 2017. But if he leaves workplace in 5 months, and if the financial system provides greater than 1 million jobs every month, as occurred in July and August, he may find yourself within the black.

There are indicators, although, that the beneficial properties are slowing as companies have recalled lots of the staff who had been quickly laid off from eating places, bars, retailers and different companies. So Biden’s prediction may come true. — AP

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