This article covers popular lies about Donald Trump. There have been many lies about Trump that have been spread by the mainstream media, top Democrats, and social media. Below are the top 5.
LIE #1: Trump called all Mexicans rapists and criminals.
This is false. Trump saying all Mexicans are ‘rapists and criminals is one of the most commonly cited so-called examples of Trump being racist. The problem for the left is that this example has been repeatedly debunked.
Trump didn’t call all Mexicans rapists or criminals. This quote was both taken out of context and intentionally misrepresented. Professor Alberto A. Martinez debunked that Trump was referring to all Mexicans as rapists. He explained, “Compare such words with Trump’s words. Which is worse? Writers excerpted the phrase: ‘they’re rapists,’ as if it were about all Mexican unauthorized immigrants, or worse, about all Mexican immigrants, or even worst, about all Mexicans. But that’s not what he said. That’s not what he meant. It was just a remark about some of the criminals crossing the border. The trick for misrepresenting Trump’s words can be used against anyone.”
Later, when Trump clarified his statements, he confirmed his statements were about the high percentage of women and children who are raped by criminals when trying to cross the border.
Even left-wing sources like Politifact debunked that Trump referred to Mexicans as rapists.
LIE #2: Trump tear-gassed protesters at Lafayette Park for a photo op.
This is false. During the BLM riots in late May, top Democrats and the mainstream media helped push the false narrative that Trump ordered tear gas to be used on “peaceful protestors” to have a “photo-op” in front of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C.
On June 1, 2020: Pelosi tweeted, “Tear-gassing peaceful protestors without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us.”
This narrative was debunked by the Inspector General of the United States Department of the Interior, Mark Lee Greenblatt.
In a report, Greenblatt wrote, “The evidence we obtained did not support a finding that the USPP cleared the park to allow the President to survey the damage and walk to St. John’s Church. Instead, the evidence we reviewed showed that the USPP cleared the park to allow the contractor to safely install the anti-scale fencing in response to the destruction of property and injury to officers occurring on May 30 and 31. Further, the evidence showed that the USPP did not know about the President’s potential movement until mid-to-late afternoon on June 1—hours after it had begun developing its operational plan and the fencing contractor had arrived in the park.”
According to another report, over the various days leading up to the clearing of the protesters, protesters threw bottles and bricks, injuring nearly 50 officers.
There were reports of looting, property destruction, assault, and arson the night before the protesters were cleared.
LIE #3: Trump told people to drink bleach to help treat coronavirus.
Trump never told people to ingest the bleach. He was interested in the possibility of scientists researching a way to safely administer disinfectants in the body to combat coronavirus.
He never said ‘bleach’, nor did he recommend anyone drink it.
During an April 23, 2020 briefing, William Bryan, the undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, presented a study demonstrating that sunlight and cleaning agents effectively killed the coronavirus on surfaces.
After the presentation, Trump said: “So, supposedly we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. (To Bryan) And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting, right? And then I see the disinfectant, which knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me? So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.”
There was no mentioning of drinking bleach.
LIE #4: Trump called neo-Nazis “very fine people.”
This isn’t true. During a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump condemned neo-Nazis in his speech. He did not refer to the neo-Nazis as “very fine people”.
Here’s part of the speech in question: “Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name… I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
(48 Hours Later) Trump said, “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
LIE #5: Trump called the coronavirus a ‘hoax’.
This is false. Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and Joe Biden claimed Trump called the virus a hoax.
Trump never called the virus a hoax. He said that Democrats’ criticism of his handling of the virus was ‘their new hoax’.
Trump said, “Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that right? Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’ They go, ‘Oh, not good, not good.’ They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. They can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes.
One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was not a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”
The following day Trump clarified that he was talking about the Democrats criticizing his response to the virus.
Trump said, “Hoax, referring to the action that they take to try and pin this on somebody because we’ve done such a good job.”
Even left-wing outlets and fact-checkers like Politifact, Snopes, Washington Post, and CNN all stated that Trump did not refer to the virus itself as a hoax.
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Martinez , A. A. (2020, July 4). Trump praised Mexicans a hundred times. New Standard Press. Retrieved August 18, 2022, from http://www.newstandardpress.com/mr-trump-praises-mexicans-again/
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Taylor, J. (2017, August 14). Trump calls out KKK, white supremacists after Charlottesville: ‘racism is evil’. NPR. Retrieved October 27, 2022, from https://www.npr.org/2017/08/14/543418468/trump-calls-out-kkk-white-supremacists-after-charlottesville-racism-is-evil
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