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2747d ago / 4:32 AM UTC

Pence Denies Trump's Nuclear Views, While Kaine Oversimplifies It

“Don't put words in my mouth. Well, he never said" that more nations should get nuclear weapons, Mike Pence fired back at Tim Kaine when pressed on Donald Trump's views on the topic or proliferation. 

Trump didn’t exactly say he wanted more countries to get nuclear weapons, but flirted with it and came extremely close. Here’s the exchange on CNN that Kaine is referring to.

TRUMP At some point we have to say, you know what, we're better off if Japan protects itself against this maniac in North Korea, we're better off, frankly, if South Korea is going to start to protect itself, we have…

COOPER:  Saudi Arabia, nuclear weapons?

TRUMP:  Saudi Arabia, absolutely.

COOPER:  You would be fine with them having nuclear weapons?

TRUMP:  No, not nuclear weapons, but they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us. Here's the thing, with Japan, they have to pay us or we have to let them protect themselves.

COOPER:  So if you said, Japan, yes, it's fine, you get nuclear weapons, South Korea, you as well, and Saudi Arabia says we want them, too?

TRUMP:  Can I be honest with you?  It's going to happen, anyway.  It's going to happen anyway.  It's only a question of time.  They're going to start having them or we have to get rid of them entirely. 

The exchange continues here, and Trump waffles a bit, but overall Trump seems awfully close to embracing a world with a lot more nuclear weapons.

2712d ago / 12:13 AM UTC

Donald Trump Still Has No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud

Republican nominee Donald Trump continued to question the integrity of American elections throughout the day Tuesday, repeatedly claiming without evidence that the polling places and electoral system is "rigged."

"We have to keep the system honest. We have a very, very, we have a very, very serious situation with the whole process, and I've been talking about the rigged system for a long time," Trump said on Fox News on Tuesday afternoon, adding moments later: "It's largely a rigged system. And you see it at the polling booths, too."

You don't, actually: Voter fraud in person is extremely limited.

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2713d ago / 10:35 PM UTC

Not Even Close: Trump Said He Draws Bigger Crowds Than Beyoncé, Jay Z

"She’s not getting any crowds so she gets Beyoncé and Jay Z, I like them, I like them and you know that they do, I get bigger crowds then they do. It's true. I get far bigger crowds," Trump claimed Monday in one of five rallies held the day before Election Day.

Hold up. Trump's largest crowd s a 28,000-person Mobile, Alabama crowd last spring, while Beyoncé and Jay Z routinely play to stadium crowds of 40,000-50,000 attendees. When the married couple toured together in 2010, they sold 850,000 tickets for 19 shows — that's an average crowd size of 44,000.

While Trump has attracted crowds larger than the 10,000-person Clinton campaign event Jay Z headlined this weekend, it was one of the pop couples' smaller events; Trump's statement is inaccurate.

2716d ago / 4:30 AM UTC

Trump Falsely Claims Obama Screamed at Protester

Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania rally Friday accused President Barack Obama of scolding a protester at an earlier rally — but that's not what happened.

"He spent so much time screaming at this protester and frankly, it was a disgrace," Trump claimed.

A pro-Trump protester did interrupt Obama’s speech Friday afternoon, but Obama attempted to quiet those in the crowd who were booing the man. "You’ve got an older gentleman who is supporting his candidate. He’s not doing nothing. You don’t have to worry about him. We live in a country that respects free speech."

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2716d ago / 1:38 AM UTC

Trump Presses Forward With Inaccurate 'Criminal' Claims

Donald Trump continued to cite a discredited report and exaggerate news to portray rival Hillary Clinton as a criminal embroiled in investigations on Friday, making inaccurate claims central to his final pitch to swing state voters just four days before the election.

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2716d ago / 7:45 PM UTC

Trump Argues Without Evidence That Clinton Faces Indictment, Criminal Trial

Donald Trump argued on Friday that “FBI agents say their investigation is likely to yield an indictment” and that Clinton is “likely to be under investigation for a long while, concluding in a criminal trial." 

These remarks are baseless: Fox News apologized Friday for a previous report stating an indictment was likely. The report relied entirely on anonymous sources, and law enforcement sources disputed its veracity to NBC News on Thursday.

“It was a mistake, and for that I’m sorry. I should have said they will continue to build their case,” Fox anchor Bret Baier explained Friday. “No one knows if there would or would not be an indictment no matter how strong investigators feel their evidence is.” 

While the FBI is reviewing emails it says are related to Clinton’s time as Secretary of State to see if they pertain to a past investigation, there’s no evidence yet this probe will change the decision not to recommend bringing charges against the former Secretary of State. This summer, explaining that decision, FBI Director James Comey said that decision was “not a close call.”

2717d ago / 7:55 PM UTC

Trump Claims Clinton Indictment Is Near. It's Not.

Trump claimed rival Clinton is "likely" to be indicted over an FBI inquiry that senior law enforcement officials tell NBC News' Pete Williams never made it past the initial stage.

Based on a Fox News report entirely drawn from anonymous sources, Trump told a Florida crowd Thursday that “the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s pay-for-play corruption during her tenure as secretary of state.” 

“In other words,” he continued, “the FBI is investigating how Hillary Clinton put the office of Secretary of State up for sale in violation of federal law.”

The expose-style book "Clinton Cash" by conservative author Peter Schweizer first alleged such a scheme, while failing to prove it. An FBI inquiry never progressed past the preliminary stage and has not moved forward in months.

2719d ago / 10:37 PM UTC

Trump Calls for Special January Session — But Congress Is Already in Session

“When we win on November 8th, and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace [Obamacare]. I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace, and it will be such an honor for me and for you," Trump said Tuesday to a Pennsylvania crowd in a speech focusing on the Affordable Care Act. 

Trump can't call a "special session" in January, because Congress will already be in session. Sitting presidents can only call a "special session" when the legislative body is adjourned.

2720d ago / 5:31 PM UTC

Trump Claims Clinton Might Triple U.S. Population in a Week

"She wants to let people just pour in… You could have 650 million people pour in and we'd do nothing about it. Think of that," Trump said last night in New Mexico. "That's what could happen. You triple the size of our country in one week.”

This is a baseless claim, so much so that it's hard to pick out an accurate portion of Clinton's policy platform to correct it with. But here's a start: Clinton has called for comprehensive immigration reform and for the resettling for 10,000-60,000 Syrian refugees. She would offer a pathway to citizenship to many of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the country, and she vows to strengthen American borders. She has not called for open borders or tripling the nation's size.

It's also unclear clear where Trump believes all these people would come from; there aren’t that many people in Mexico, Canada, or even all of South America. 

2722d ago / 7:08 PM UTC

Fact Checking Everything Trump and Clinton Said About the FBI's Email Review

Donald Trump championed the news that the FBI is reviewing additional emails "pertinent" to previous investigations into Hillary Clinton's private email server as a game changer on Friday. But much of Trump's rhetoric about the Clinton emails is riddled with errors, while the Democratic nominee herself obscured how the news of the additional email review was released.

We fact checked everything both candidates said on Friday, and will continue doing so.

Here's what they got right — and wrong — when talking about the FBI and the former secretary of state's emails.

2723d ago / 1:50 PM UTC

18 Falsehoods Just From Trump's Thursday Night

From extreme Obamacare tax hikes to allegations of widespread corruption by Hillary Clinton and her allies, Donald Trump's Thursday night offered up 18 inaccuracies — an impressive feat even for a campaign that has spawned an cottage industry of fact checkers.

Here's what he got wrong in two Ohio speeches and one interview.

2724d ago / 5:04 PM UTC

Trump is Presented With Facts About Recent Hacks — Ignores Them

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.