BP #7: Fact Check: Trump’s Day of Falsehoods and Misleading Claims (Carson)

This article from the New York Times points out several misleading statements, deceptions, and outright lies which Trump had claimed during his campaign-style rallies on Wednesday to Nashville and Detroit.

On one occasion Trump falsely cites a news report as evidence for Obama’s surveillance of Trump, and while the report does use the word “wiretap”, it does not assert that Obama had ordered a wiretapping nor does it mention Obama in the article at all. Trump is clearly lying in efforts to create false beliefs in others by citing information which does not exist, but perhaps Trump truly believes that this surveillance on him actually took place. As he doubles down on his stance that his phones were wiretapped, even without evidence to provide, perhaps he is not necessarily lying because, in his mind, it happened. When he tweets “Obama had my ‘wires tapped'”, however, and a statement from the White House is later released after evidence of the claims were not found, stating “Trump did not mean wiretapping when he tweeted the words ‘wires tapped’ in quotations”, he is simply trying to deceive people. Trump is trying to create false beliefs for his own personal gain.

Among nearly a dozen of other falsehoods explained in the article, Trump claimed that he promoted tax cuts in the Obamacare repeal and replace bill. While he is not lying, he is still causing deceit by withholding information about the tax cuts he promoted. It is estimated that he bill would repeal over $800 billion, but nearly $275 billion would come from ridding a payroll tax increase on net investment income that only affects the top 5% richest people in the country. Another $150 billion comes from repealing the health insurance sales tax. Another estimate, according to the Tax Policy Center, claims “two-thirds of the cuts would benefit the top 20 percent of taxpayers, with 40 percent going to the top 1 percent of income earners.” Through the withholding of information, Trump’s claim of promoting tax cuts doesn’t sound so bad without the actual context of how. He stands to gain when people buy into his deception, if only it were successful. This is the reason we fact check, so that we don’t become fools.

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