Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos fact checked Donald Trump in real time Thursday morning over connections between Russia and hacks of Democratic operatives. Despite evidence that both parties have been briefed by U.S. officials about the Russian government's attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, Trump largely ignored him. Take a read.
ABC: All 17 U.S. intelligence agencies believe the Russians are behind that leak, why don't you believe it?
Trump: I don't know if they're behind it and I think it's a public relations frankly. You know what does bother me? I have nothing—
ABC: But you were even told that by the Republican head of the homeland security committee, Mike McCaul. He said the same thing.
Trump: I don't know what he said.
ABC: He told you that he thought the Russians were behind it.
Trump: Hacking is very interesting. Hacking is very hard to determine who did what, okay. You know that. People are hacking all over the place, nobody knows. They don't know if it's Russia. They can't guarantee it's Russia and it may be.
"If you have friends who are thinking of voting for Trump, I want you to tell them that he relied on undocumented workers to make his project cheaper, and most of the products in the rooms were made overseas, and he even sued to get his taxes lowered. But we know he's used undocumented workers, and that's one of the things that he has run his campaign on, about deporting undocumented workers. Well, he's used undocumented. He's made his products in foreign countries. He's used Chinese steel instead of American steel. So, you know, you can talk a good game but let's look at the facts, and the facts show he has stiffed American workers, he has stiffed American businesses," Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday while criticizing her rival for attending the ribbon-cutting at his new luxury hotel in Washington, D.C.
There's no evidence that Trump purposefully hired undocumented workers to make his project cheaper, though there is evidence that some workers are indeed undocumented. We also don't know whether "most" of the products in the rooms were made overseas, though American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, does appear to have photos showing that many of the products were made elsewhere.
The rest of her statement, however, is true.
To hear Trump tell it, the presidential race is going great: he's winning everything, he'll likely be elected in just two short weeks. But based on the polls and facts at hand, that's just not right.
Here's what he got right, and wrong, on the state of the race from Tuesday's Florida race.
"We're going to have a great victory. We're leading Iowa, we're leading Ohio, we're doing great in north Carolina, Pennsylvania we're going to a lot, I think we're going to do great there."
Unlikely, true, true, false, and unlikely. Trump is polling poorly nationally, and his chances at winning in two weeks are slim. He is leading on average in Iowa and Ohio, but he's trailing by an average of two points in North Carolina and an average of nearly six points in Pennsylvania.
"Seventy-five percent of the American people think our country is on the wrong track. Every poll says it. We are going to fix it."
The polls don't say that: on average, 64 percent — not 75 percent — of people say the country is on the wrong track.
"There's going to be a lot of Brexit in two weeks."
Nope, and we already explained why here.
"Even the so-called fact checkers, who are crooked as hell themselves, they'll check facts with me, and I'll be like 99 percent right, and they'll say therefore he lied! These people are bad….What a group of dishonest scum we have, I'm telling you," Trump said on Tuesday.
While our moms would surely like to dispute the contention that we're "scum" and "crooked as hell," let's focus instead on his claim that fact checkers exaggerate small errors.
This blog primarily focuses on large whoppers, and makes it clear when Trump's claims are rooted in fact. As this blog is just six weeks old, let's also take a look at the most comprehensive listing of Trump fact checks catalogued by our friends at PolitiFact. They have found 150 claims with significant inaccuracies earning them a "false" or "pants on fire" ruling. Just 78 claims earned the "mostly true" or "half true" rating that Trump might argue were an exaggeration.
In contrast, Hillary Clinton actually gets a lot more "mostly true" or "half true" claims": half of her claims, 140, are rated as that. (Just 35 are "false" or "pants on fire.")
By the numbers, the fact checkers are focusing on Trump's biggest lies -- not exaggerating tiny errors.
Donald Trump is re-imagining the Republican primary as a bigger battle and a bolder win.
Speaking in Florida Monday, he boasted, "We got the most votes in the history of the primary system," by winning "41 — sorry, 42 states" in the lead up to the general election. On Tuesday, he told Fox News he didn't regret anything in his bid for the White House because he'd already beaten "17 people."
"We had a total of 17 — really 18 — and won," he added.
None of that is true. Trump won 36 states, not 42. He only beat 16 challengers on the way to the GOP ticket. And he won the most votes in the history of Republican primaries, not the primary process overall: He was still millions behind Hillary Clinton's final tally in both 2016 and 2008, not to mention Barack Obama's 2008 tally.
Trump won the Republican primary, but he didn't win it in the way he said.
Months after voters in the United Kingdom defied surveys and chose to leave the European Union — after pollsters had widely predicted the country would remain — Donald Trump is betting on the American electorate delivering another polling surprise.
"Believe me, this is Brexit times five," Trump said in Pennsylvania last week.
But experts say a polling upset on November 8th is incredibly unlikely, and that the Brexit comparison just doesn't hold water.
Read the full story here.
On Monday, Donald Trump told News4Jax that the United States military "conceptually" endorsed him and that "virtually every police department" in the country backed his bid for the presidency. During last week's third debate, Trump said his hardline stance on immigration and pledge to build a border wall had earned him an endorsement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
None of that is true. Read the full story here.
Trump asked on Twitter why Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic, was not being asked about the hacked WikiLeaks emails that appear to show Clinton campaign staffers mocking Catholicism.
Kaine has been asked about them in nearly every national TV interview he's done in the last week.
He was asked about this twice last Sunday ABC's This Week and Fox News Sunday, CNBC two days later, and was pressed on the same issue on NBC News' Meet the Press yesterday.
ISIS is "dreaming that Hillary Clinton becomes President. ISIS, their number one dream, Hillary Clinton, let her become President. She's the one that allowed it to form, she's the one that watched it go, now they say it's in 32 countries, worse than ever."
A dozen interviews with ISIS extremists and a review of their social media networks by Foreign Affairs magazine found that the terrorist group has a strong preference in the 2016 election: they'd like to see Donald Trump elected, not Clinton.
Fact checkers have also reviewed Trump's repeated claim that ISIS' rise is directly Clinton's fault and declared it to be false.
"According to the highly respected Pew, there are 24 million voter registrations in the United States that are either invalid or significantly inaccurate ... There are 1.8 million dead people that are registered right now to vote. And folks, folks, some of them vote," Trump said Saturday night while calling the election "rigged."
This 2012 Pew study notes that the voter rolls are wildly out of date and advocates for modernizing the system to save taxpayer money. It finds no proof of voter fraud; the study's only mention of voter fraud is merely that error-riddled voter logs lead to the "perception" of being susceptible to fraud.
In practice, experts say widespread voter fraud just doesn't exist. Poll observers say that if a voter moves to another state or dies, they don't vote twice and aren't likely to be impersonated. A Loyola researcher who reviewed a billion ballots found 31 credible cases of voter fraud.