The US President Donald Trump has come under the radar of the netizens for his notorious claims regarding how his government has set the US on a path to a blazing future. But, are his claims true or just sugar-coated lies? This becomes even more important to find out as the US Elections have set afoot. Before I start debunking his claims, I’d like to present a few statistics, as the numbers don’t lie.
According to the Washington Post’s database, within the first 466 days of his term in the office, Trump has made over 3,001 false claims. That’s an average of 6.5 false claims a day. Keeping this in mind, let’s start by analysing what he really has achieved in his tenure as the president.
I don’t think it is wrong to say USA has suffered a lot during past few months. Take the example of coronavirus, even after a massive funding of $8.3 billion in US coronavirus funding, Trump failed to bring the situation under control. To add fuel to the fire, he made numerous statement giving people false hope and lying about the situation. Trump had said that the coronavirus is “disappearing,” and a little more than a week after his announcement he was himself tested positive for the virus. Recent data also suggested that the coronavirus is far from disappearing in the US, in fact, the pandemic is worsening. Similarly, on July 6, he also claimed that “We now have the lowest fatality (Mortality) Rate in the World.” But the truth is that The U.S. neither had the lowest mortality rate nor the lowest case-fatality rate when this claim was made by Trump. As of July 13, the case-fatality rate—the ratio of deaths to confirmed COVID-19 cases—was 4.1 percent, which placed the U.S. in the middle of global rankings. It had the world’s ninth-worst mortality rate, with 41.33 deaths per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Another similar claim was made on Tuesday, March 17 where he said that “I’ve always known this is a real—this is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic … I’ve always viewed it as very serious.” But I guess many of us know it’s reality, where Trump had continuously underestimated the deadliness of the virus
From calling criticism of his handling of the virus a “hoax,” to comparing the coronavirus to a common flu, to worrying about letting sick Americans off cruise ships because they would increase the number of confirmed cases, Trump has used his public statements to send mixed messages and sow doubt about the pandemic’s seriousness.
And we can just go on and on about such claims, the list is just endless the way he has been lying and claiming falsely about the pandemic cannot be justified.
Let’s not forget the protests on “Black Lives Matter” Movement. “The fact is I’ve done more for the Black community than any President since Abraham Lincoln, Nobody can dispute it. It’s true.” – said Trump. But, is this really true, from the eyes of a coloured citizen? Trump has had a consistent poor approval rating with the coloured citizens. For example – A survey conducted by Quinnipac University declared that Trump had a disapproval rating of 93% by the coloured citizens.
Now, let’s discuss the first US Presidential Debate, between Senator Joe Biden and President Trump, where the amount of false claims were astronomical.
He stated his “incredible success” in terms of job growth, but the annual job growth under his presidency has been slower than the last five years of Obama’s term.
He said “Wages are going up for the first time in many, many years,” even though they have been rising steadily since 2014, meaning, he had just taken over a growing economy, inherited it.
He cited the unemployment rate — especially for African-Americans — however he had said many times during his campaign that the unemployment rate was phony and could not be trusted.
The president said he brought back 700,000 manufacturing jobs, which is an exaggeration of actual numbers.
During the 8 years of Barack Obama more than 1 million manufacturing were lost, during a recession that struck across industries.
But roughly 500,000 jobs were brought back between 2016 and 2019, just to be dampened by the coronavirus outbreak, where more than 200,000 jobs were lost and as of August, there were 237,000 fewer manufacturing jobs in the US than the beginning of Mr Trump’s time in office, according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics.
One more such claim was when the President said he paid “millions of dollars” in Federal Income Tax without stating the actual figures, but an investigation from The New York Times revealed that he had actually just paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.
The paper’s investigation also reported that the president paid little to no federal income taxes from 2000 through 2017.
Mr Trump is the First President in Modern History to refuse to disclose his tax returns; he says that he will release them pending an audit from the IRS, though the agency has stated that they have not stopped him from releasing them.
When, Mr Biden and running mate Kamala Harris released their 2019 returns; documents from Mr Biden and his wife Jill Biden, filing jointly, show an adjusted gross income of roughly $985,000 and taxes totalling $300,000.
Let’s me now shed light on 2 very important rally pledges trump made before 2016 elections but failed to fulfil them
One of them is when Mr Trump pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare – his predecessor’s attempt to extend healthcare to the estimated 15% of the country who are not covered.
It is widely hated by Republicans, they said that the law imposes too many costs on business, with many describing it as a “job killer” and decrying the reforms – officially the Affordable Care Act – as an unwarranted intrusion into the affairs of private businesses and individuals.
But the Republicans have failed to pass a repeal or reform bill.
Although, the Trump administration has managed to dismantle parts of the law – enrolment periods have been shortened, some subsidies have been axed, and the fine for people who did not purchase health insurance has been eliminated as part of the 2017 tax plan.
And in December 2018, a federal judge in Texas ruled that repealing this penalty, an “essential” part of the law, meant the entirety of Obamacare is therefore unconstitutional.
But the law is still in place as an appeal heads to the US Supreme Court, with a ruling expected sometime in 2021.
Second rally pledge was His vow to build a wall along the US-Mexican Border and it was the most controversial campaign pledge because Mr. Trump also insisted that Mexico would pay for it.
Mexico refused to pay for it and his demand for $5bn funds was resisted. He has since redirected defence and some other funds to build or replace sections of the wall, a decision that has faced legal challenges.
As of late May, 194 miles of wall system had been built, mostly to shore up dilapidated or outdated designs of the barrier already in place – just three miles construction was part of an entirely new system.
It would be wrong to say Trump never fulfilled his claims, he did manage to lower corporate taxes, increase defence spending, bombed Iran, but it would be to you now to decide, whether the US has thrived, or barely survived.