Fact Checking The Presidential Debates Pt. 2


fact checking the presidential debates pt. 2

Photo courtesy of CNN

The kid gloves are off. Here are some highlights/lowlights: personal attacks, name calling, arrest threats, “sexy locker room talk”, and a couple compliments. Let’s dig into fact checking the Presidential debates.

He Said

Last year, we had almost $800 billion trade deficit. In other words, trading with other countries. We had an $800 billion deficit.

“This is True for goods. In 2015, the goods trade deficit was $763 billion. The country’s overall trade deficit, which includes goods and services, was about $500 billion in 2015.”

Source: Politifact

“Trump falsely said he never tweeted “check out a sex tape” in the wee hours of the morning a few days after the first presidential debate. He did.”

Source: Factcheck.org

One of the women, who is a wonderful woman, at 12 years old, was raped at 12. Her client she represented got him off, and she’s seen laughing on two separate occasions, laughing at the girl who was raped.

“Trump mixes up a story about a long-ago criminal case. Clinton did not laugh at a rape victim.

In 1975, Clinton — then Hillary Rodham — was a 27-year-old law professor running a legal aid clinicin the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After a 41-year-old factory worker was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, he asked the judge to replace his male court-appointed attorney with a female one. The judge went through the list of a half-dozen women practicing law in the county and picked Clinton.”

Source: Washingtonpost.com

She Said

You know that we are now for the first time ever energy-independent.

“Actually, the United States is still a net importer of crude oil and refined petroleum products. It imported 5.3 million barrels a day in July, according to the Energy Information Administration. That is, however, down sharply from the 13 million barrels a day of imports reached in 2006.

Clinton went onto say, ‘We are not dependent upon the Middle East.’ That’s correct, but it’s been the case for years. Canada is the biggest source for American oil imports — more than the entire Persian Gulf combined.”

Source: Washingtonpost.com

“Clinton claimed that since the Great Recession the gains have all gone to the top, but a 2016 economic report said that in 2014 and 2015 ‘the incomes of bottom 99% families have finally started recovering in earnest.'”

Source: Factcheck.org

Teachers and parents are calling it the Trump effect. Bullying is up.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed teachers who reported an increase in bullying and harassment, particularly of immigrant and Muslim children. These teachers, unsolicited, cited Trump’s campaign rhetoric. While the ‘Trump Effect’ is a term of the survey’s authors and the survey is based on anecdotal reports, experts say this is consistent. We rated Clinton’s claim Mostly True.”

Source: Politifact

ETC

My biggest thought throughout the debate was Answer the damn question. Each candidate had ample opportunity to answer the town hall attendee’s or moderator’s questions. Instead, they took that time to rail against their opponent or launch into some tangential (at best) topic. Granted, Hillary Clinton did it less, but she still did it. Politico.com broke down the number of interruptions and talking over the moderators like this:

Clinton: Interrupted Trump – 1, Spoke over moderator – 20

Trump: Interrupted Clinton – 13, Spoke over moderator – 31

Trump openly complained that the moderators allowed Clinton to speak longer than he was allowed. However, the speaking time breaks down like this:

Clinton: 38m 29s

Trump: 39m 07s

In my opinion, the best part of the debate was the final question by Karl Becker where he asked the candidates to name one positive thing they respected about their opponent.

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