Here Is List Of Lies In Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address
For those of us who know facts matter and that Donald Trump simply can not tell the truth–not even in his inaugural address —comes the following. It is simply stunning to me that so many were so blind to the con artist who asked for their vote. I thought of the gullible today as the horse-rot spewed forth.
Crime in America
Trump: “ . . . And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”
Trump: “You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
Fact-check: While Trump won the electoral college, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. Photos from Trump’s inaugural speech seem to suggest that several hundred thousand fewer people turned up to watch his swearing-in.
Trump: “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.”
Fact-check: In terms of overall gross domestic product, the United States is still the wealthiest country in the world at over $18 trillion, according to World Bank data. While median income and wages have stagnated, U.S. stock market indices are at record highs, and U.S. Treasuries remain among the safest and most stable assets in the world. The U.S. unemployment rate is under 5 percent—the lowest level in a decade.
Trump: “Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.”
Fact-check: Economists are not so sure. According to a Moody’s Analytics report released on Friday, Trump’s trade, immigration, and tax proposals would dramatically decrease U.S. economic output and result in the loss of 3.5 million jobs. Similarly, Capital Economics estimates that Trump’s proposed 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods would result in a 10 percent increase in U.S. retail prices.
Trump: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.”
Fact-check: Congressional compensation levels have remained stagnant since 2009, according to the Congressional Research Service. Most members of Congress and delegates in Washington make $174,000—though congressional leaders do receive greater compensation. Trump’s own administration, meanwhile, is stocked full of a record number of billionaires, worth a combined $14 billion. Trump’s proposed tax plan would create a windfall for the top 0.1 percent, boosting the after-tax income of the richest Americans by nearly 20 percent. The median household is expected to see a benefit of just 5 percent.