Donald Trump: The unauthorized database of false things

 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Reno. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Reno. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The Star’s Washington Bureau Chief, Daniel Dale, has been following Donald Trump’s campaign for months. He has fact checked thousands of statements and found hundreds of falsehoods. Below are a few of the hundreds of lies by Donald Trump checked by Daniel Dale. Click the link at end of this article for the complete list of Trump lies.

1. The electoral system is rigged

“There is tremendous voter fraud.” — Oct. 17

After plummeting in the polls after the first two debates, Trump began to repeatedly question the fairness of the election. “Rigged” became his catchword.

He claimed Hillary Clinton campaign workers hired “thugs” to cause violence at his rallies, twisting the evidence from an undercover video to unfairly disparage Clinton. He claimed there was widespread voter fraud in Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Louis — cities with large black populations that heavily favour Democrats.

In Greeley, Colo., Trump told his supporters if they don’t trust mail-in ballots, they should vote again in person. So, one did. Trump supporter Terri Lynn Rote, a 55-year-old from Iowa, was charged by police for suspicion of voting twice.

2. Inner cities are dangerous hellholes

“You get shot walking to the store. They have no education. They have no jobs.” — Oct. 19

African Americans do not like Trump. A summer poll showed Trump’s support among blacks in swing states Ohio and Pennsylvania was 0 per cent. So, in an apparent effort to broaden his appeal, Trump vowed to rebuild America’s inner cities.

Trump made many of those promises in speeches to practically all-white audiences. And his broad generalizations were seen by many blacks as insulting and racist. Economic data show that many U.S. inner cities are enjoying a resurgence — and that many black Americans are educated and live in the suburbs.

Trump also regularly stated that America’s murder rate is the highest in 45 years. Actually, the U.S. murder rate is among the lowest it has been in 45 years. It did rise 10 per cent from 2014 to 2015, but the rate is still historically low at 4.9 out of every 100,000 people. In 1970, it was 7.9 out of every 100,000 people.

In sum, his statements about blacks and inner cities seem directed at white fears, not black need.

3. Hillary Clinton created Daesh

“She gave us ISIS as sure as you are sitting there.” — Oct. 19

Clinton served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, at a time when the U.S. was following up on Republican president George W. Bush’s pledge to pull troops out of Iraq. That move left a power vacuum in northern Iraq that was filled by Daesh, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

Perhaps that’s why Trump repeatedly stated Clinton and Barack Obama “founded” the terror group.

But that claim is ridiculous: Daesh was already active and notorious by 2004, when it was known as Al Qaeda in Iraq. And it adopted the “Islamic State” moniker in 2006, while Bush was still president and Clinton was a senator representing New York.

Trump has also falsely disparaged the U.S.-led fight against Daesh, calling the offensive to retake Mosul in Iraq “a total disaster,” without providing evidence.

With terrorism fears front of mind for many Americans, Trump’s false claims seem aimed at making Clinton a scapegoat for the U.S.’s failings in Iraq and Syria.

4. Muslims are risky

“Hundreds of thousands of people (are) coming in from Syria when we know nothing about them.” — Oct. 9

This is another of Trump’s direct appeals to the xenophobic vote.

At the beginning of the campaign he notoriously promised to erect a wall on the southern border to keep out Mexican “rapists” and drug dealers. He built on that pledge by vowing to bar Muslims them from the United States. He later mused about listing all Muslims in a government database, a move reminiscent of what Adolf Hitler did to Jews in Nazi Germany.

His claims that Syrian refugees — 99 per cent are Muslim — are terrorists plays to the fears of the “other,” even though they are extensively vetted and are predominantly women and children. And their numbers is nowhere near Trump’s claims — about 13,000 have been admitted to the United States in 2016.

Still, Trump’s stance has endeared him to fringe, racist groups. This week, a newspaper affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan formally endorsed him.

To view the almost 500 lies fact-checked by Toronto Star Washington Bureau Chief Daniel Dale click here.

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