Donald Trump took to the podium last night to address the nation on the state of the union, and it didn’t take long for him to start saying things are that weren’t true and misleading.
The mind boggling thing here is that Trump has been fact checked over and over again on these things, yet he keep spouting them out every chance he gets.
TRUMP “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.”
Trump likes to take credit for jobs created, but he always uses numbers dating back to election day. There have been about 1.8 million jobs created since his inauguration in January 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not 2,4 million. There were 184,000 manufacturing jobs created since inauguration, not 200,000, according to the BLS.
TRUMP “After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.”
Trump is taking credit, once again, for something that started under Barack Obama. Fact is, wages have been in an upward trend since 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not to mention, wage growth slowed during Trump’s first year.
TRUMP “African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.”
The African American unemployment rate had already been in a steady decline since it’s peak in March 2010. The rate was 16.8 percent back then, but the rate had already fallen to 7.7 percent when Trump took the oath of office. It’s now 6.8%. Again, Trump is taking credit for something he didn’t create.
TRUMP “Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.”
Wrong. The data shows from just last week shows new jobless claims rose to 233,000, which is the lowest since December. A six-week low is a lot different than a “45-year low”.
TRUMP “The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion in value. That is great news for Americans’ 401(k), retirement, pension and college savings accounts.”
Trump is overlooking the fact that only about 50 percent of Americans own stocks, according to a Gallup survey. And 80% of the value of stocks is held by the top 10 percent of Americans.
Not to mention, during Barack Obama’s first year. The S&P 500 gained about 33.3 percent from inauguration through Jan. 29 under Obama, compared with 25.5 percent under Trump.
TRUMP “Just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history.”
Trump says this all the time, but it’s completely false. The Washington Post gave him Four Pinocchios for this claim before — but repeated it 57 times in his first year as president.
Treasury Department data shows Trump tax cut is nearly 0.9 percent of GDP. Ronald Reagan’s tax cut was 2.89 percent of GDP in 1981 tax cut, making Trump’s tax cut only the 8th largest. Oh, and it’s smaller than two of Barack Obama’s tax cuts.
TRUMP “We slashed the business tax rate from 35 percent all the way down to 21 percent, so American companies can compete and win against anyone in the world. These changes alone are estimated to increase average family income by more than $4,000.”
TRUMP “We have ended the war on American energy — and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world.”
First of all, there is no such thing as “clean coal.” Sure, Power plants can take steps to reduce the risks of emissions, but there is nothing “clean” about the coal itself. Also, Trump says “we are now an exporter of energy,” but the United States has been an exporter of energy for a long time.
TRUMP “Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States — something we have not seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan.”
Again, these were plans already in motion before Trump was elected.
TRUMP “The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit or the safety of our people.”
The Diversity Visa Lottery Program is not random.
Washington Post explains: Individuals apply for the visa system, and must have at least a high school diploma or work in specific industries to be eligible for the program. As the term “lottery” implies, applicants are selected via a randomized computer drawing. The selected applicants undergo a background check, interview and medical tests before entering the country, and some applicants undergo an additional in-depth review if they are considered a security risk. Plus, selected applicants can be deemed ineligible for a number of reasons including adverse medical conditions, criminal behavior, and security or terrorism concerns.
A 2007 report from the Government Accountability Office did point to substantial fraud risks within the program and proposed using data to mitigate these risks. However, the State Department at the time disagreed with the report’s findings, saying that it already had managed these risks.
TRUMP “The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration. Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.”
This notion by Trump is highly exaggerated (imagine that). Brining in “virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives” is simply not true. There’s a lengthy waiting list. According to the State Department, nearly 4 million people are waiting to get off the list, including 2.3 million“family fourth” preferences — children of siblings of citizens.
TRUMP “We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling and the underprivileged all over the world.”
Yes, the number of dollars contributed by the United States does lead all countries. However, the United States is also richest country. When you look at the percentage of gross national income given, the United States ranks pretty low, according to 2016 figures published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.