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Mike Pence - Mike Pence says Donald Trump won most counties by a Republican since Ronald Reagan

1 hour 27 min ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Mike Pence says Donald Trump won most counties by a Republican since Ronald Reagan

With a split in the 2016 Electoral College and popular votes, there’s been an unusual amount of jockeying this year over how to frame the Election Day results. On the Dec. 4, 2016, edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, Vice President-elect Mike Pence used the yardstick of counties won to explain why Donald Trump’s victory was a watershed. "To be around Donald Trump, as you know, having known him for a number of years, is to be around a man of boundless energy from literally the day after the election," he said, "a historic election where he won 30 out ...

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Bill de Blasio - New York City mayor says president can't defund sanctuary cities 'across the board'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 08:44
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | New York City mayor says president can't defund sanctuary cities 'across the board'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio isn’t backing away from policies that protect immigrants living illegally in the country, even if that means cuts to his city’s budget. President-elect Donald Trump has said he will block federal funds to cities with policies or laws that limit their assistance to immigration authorities. New York is among jurisdictions considered a "sanctuary city." The Democratic mayor was asked on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show how funding would be affected if Trump follows through on his promise. "I think the first thing is to recognize that from what I know ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim that millions of illegal votes cost him popular vote victory

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 12:44
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim that millions of illegal votes cost him popular vote victory

President-elect Donald Trump provoked a firestorm on social media with a series of tweets on Nov. 27 that questioned the integrity of the balloting that elected him president. In one tweet, Trump wrote, "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com He later tweeted, "Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!" These tweets offer a cornucopia of assertions we’ve ...

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Javier M. Gonzales - Santa Fe mayor defends sanctuary cities, says studies don't show increase in crime

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:47
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Santa Fe mayor defends sanctuary cities, says studies don't show increase in crime

Mayors across America are doubling down on their cities’ decisions to serve as a "sanctuary" for immigrants living in the country illegally, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to cut federal funding. Javier Gonzales, mayor of Santa Fe, N.M., appeared on Fox News recently defending his city’s stance to not assist federal officials with immigration enforcement. Megyn Kelly, host of Fox News’ The Kelly File, asked Gonzales about criticism directed at cities like Santa Fe, claiming that "sanctuary cities" attract criminals. Gonzales said his city prioritizes going after people who commit violent crimes, regardless of their immigration status. There’s also evidence ...

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Reince Priebus - Reince Priebus says Trump, Congress have similar immigration policies

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 10:46
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Reince Priebus says Trump, Congress have similar immigration policies

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee and future chief of staff for President-elect Donald Trump, dismissed criticism that legislators from his party and Trump were at odds on a series of issues. During the presidential campaign, Trump disagreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans over mass deportations, trade, Social Security and Medicare, said Steve Rattner, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and an economic analyst on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. "How are you guys going to resolve those conflicts?" Rattner asked Priebus on the Nov. 14 show. "Well, there's not that many, the conflicts aren't ...

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Rand Paul - Rand Paul says John Bolton still thinks Iraq War was right decision

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 15:07
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Rand Paul says John Bolton still thinks Iraq War was right decision

It's speculated that one of Donald Trump’s potential nominees for secretary of state is former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. Bolton received some hostile fire this week from a senator on his own side of the aisle. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted Bolton in a column on the media platform rare.us: "Rumors are that Donald Trump might pick John Bolton for Secretary of State. Heaven forbid." Paul is a libertarian who has often expressed skepticism about the United States launching wars overseas. Bolton is a staunch hawk who served as part of the national security brain trust ...

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Bloggers - No, someone wasn't paid $3,500 to protest Donald Trump; it's fake news

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:59
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, someone wasn't paid $3,500 to protest Donald Trump; it's fake news

Donald Trump has suggested that paid protesters targeted his rallies during the 2016 campaign, and even stronger charges from conspiracy websites such as Infowars have flooded the Internet. If such claims piqued your interest and you plugged "paid protesters" into Google at mid-day on Nov. 17, at the top of the list is this one: "Donald Trump Protester Speaks Out: 'I Was Paid $3,500 To Protest Trump's Rally.' " The link cites not one but two seemingly mainstream media outlets. It’s credited to "abcnews.com.co" and includes the abbreviation "(AP)," which is how ...

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Rudy Giuliani - Giuliani: President Trump will be exempt from conflict-of-interest laws

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 09:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Giuliani: President Trump will be exempt from conflict-of-interest laws

How President-elect Donald Trump will handle his extensive businesses and financial holdings — and the potential conflict of interest that comes with them — when he gets into the Oval Office remains an open question. Trump has said his children will manage his business dealings. Many presidents in the past have put their assets in a blind trust, which is when an independent trustee manages another person’s assets without the person’s input. But Trump doesn’t actually have to do any of this because the financial conflict-of-interest laws don’t apply to him as president, said former New York City Mayor ...

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Donald Trump - Trump misleads in number of criminal immigrants illegally in country

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 15:40
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Trump misleads in number of criminal immigrants illegally in country

In his first interview after winning the 2016 election, President-elect Donald Trump had to answer whether he would keep his word on his campaign promises or change in any way. Trump said he wanted to keep a couple provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which he had pledged to repeal, and he said he would be open to a part wall, part fence perimeter along the U.S.-Mexico border instead of a massive concrete structure. "What about the pledge to deport millions and millions of undocumented immigrants?," asked CBS' Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes. "What we are going to do is ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says New York Times apologized for 'bad coverage' of him

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:18
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump says New York Times apologized for 'bad coverage' of him

President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t think the New York Times has been fair to him. Amid a series of tweets criticizing the New York Times, Trump said the news organization wrote a letter to readers after the election, apologizing for their "bad coverage" of him. "The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change - doubt it?" Trump tweeted Nov. 13. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Trump’s tweet is a distorted and over-the-top description of a Nov. 13 letter to readers from the New York ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrongly tweets that he 'never said' more countries should have nuclear weapons

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 15:24
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrongly tweets that he 'never said' more countries should have nuclear weapons

Two days after telling CBS that he planned to be "very restrained" on social media going forward, President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Times on Twitter. "Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the ‘Trump phenomena,’" Trump tweeted Nov. 13. The New York Times communications team responded to say the news organization actually had a surge in digital and print subscriptions after the election. He also tweeted, wrongly, "The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. ...

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Bloggers - No, Donald Trump is not beating Hillary Clinton in the popular vote

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 14:57
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, Donald Trump is not beating Hillary Clinton in the popular vote

Donald Trump unquestionably won the 2016 presidential election, but he is trailing in the popular vote. That might come as a surprise to people who Googled the phrase "Final Election Count" as late as 2 p.m. on Nov. 14. The first entry in Google’s news category -- above those from news links to the Washington Post and Politico -- was a Nov. 12 post (updated the following day) from a little-known site called 70news. "Final election 2016 numbers: Trump won both popular (62.9M-62.2M) and Electoral College Votes (306-232)," the post’s headline said. Further ...

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Social Media - No evidence to support rumors of 'We hate Muslims' chant at Trump victory rally

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 12:29
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No evidence to support rumors of 'We hate Muslims' chant at Trump victory rally

A viral tweet allegedly sent from the ground of an election night rally for President-elect Donald Trump said that "thousands" of his supporters were chanting a racist message. The claim was fake. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com As Buzzfeed and others have reported, the tweet was sent from the account of a fake British sports journalist who has a history of making allegations about racist chants in mass crowds. Another "Simon Rowntree" account was suspended over the summer, but Buzzfeed managed to screenshot his Twitter bio, which said he was a soccer writer for Forest ...

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Donald Trump - In closing argument, Donald Trump wrongly says he outdraws Beyonce, Jay Z

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | In closing argument, Donald Trump wrongly says he outdraws Beyonce, Jay Z

It's been a long campaign season. At PolitiFact, we've fact-checked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton a combined 509 times since they announced their campaigns for president. If you add in the other presidential candidates -- from Lincoln Chafee to Ben Carson to Jill Stein -- the number shoots to 889. That's a lot of words, about a lot of policy and a lot of political attacks. So please allow this last fact-check of the 2016 campaign to be a little different. As Trump made his closing argument in Raleigh, N.C., Nov. 7, he decided to spend a few seconds telling ...

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Barack Obama - Obama says Republicans tried to 'purge' black Democrats from voter rolls in North Carolina

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:29
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Obama says Republicans tried to 'purge' black Democrats from voter rolls in North Carolina

While campaigning on Hillary Clinton’s behalf, President Barack Obama has told people not to take their right to vote for granted, "Don’t boo, vote!" At a Nov. 2 rally in North Carolina, Obama told the story of a 100-year-old woman from the town of Belhaven, N.C., whose voter registration status had been challenged by Republicans just a few weeks prior. The woman, Grace Bell Hardison, contested the challenge, and her county elections board upheld her status as a registered voter. "And you better believe she's going to vote," Obama said. "But this 100-year-old woman wasn't alone in being ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump correct that 1 in 4 working-age Americans not employed

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 13:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Donald Trump correct that 1 in 4 working-age Americans not employed

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has gotten some things about the labor market very wrong, notably suggesting that the unemployment rate may be 42 percent. (It’s not; that got a Pants on Fire.) But at a Nov. 4 rally in Atkinson, N.H., Trump offered a statistic that was much closer to the mark. "At the core of my contract is my plan to bring back our jobs, about time," he said, later adding that "nearly one in four people in their prime working years are not working. They want to work. They're not working." When we checked ...

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Tim Kaine - Tim Kaine is right, Spanish was first European language spoken in United States

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 08:25
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Tim Kaine is right, Spanish was first European language spoken in United States

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine touted his language skills in Phoenix by delivering a speech in Spanish, saying his ticket would focus on immigration reform and an economy that works for all. Kaine spoke to a crowd in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood about the United States’ immigrant fabric, comprised over centuries with people from all parts of the world. "And people sometimes forget – and some may not even know – that the Hispanic community has been part of our country since the Spanish arrived in St. Augustine in 1565. That was well before the British landed ...

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