Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, gathered with supporters on Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Fountain Hills, Arizona at 10 a.m. This campaign rally was held at the Fountain Hills Community Center near Phoenix.
Trump was welcomed to the stage with supporters chanting, “Trump! Trump! Trump!” Later on, they yelled, “USA! USA! USA!”
During this speech, Trump discussed the wall he is going to build, gun control, the new federal spending bill, China, and more.
Claim 1: “I am self funding my campaign. I am putting up my own money.”
According to The Center for Responsive Politics, Trump has funded more of his campaign than any of the other candidates, but it is not self funded. He recieves personal donations, and has a donate button on his website. By the end of 2015, Trump could take credit for providing his campaign with over half of its funds, but not all of the money came from Trump himself.
Claim 2: “In Paris, they have the toughest gun laws in the world. No tougher gun laws anywhere in the world, and guess what? 130 people dead, and no bullets going in the oposite direction.”
Paris does have strict gun laws, and these laws date back to April 18, 1939; they have been changed many times. There is no right to bear arms there, and in order to purchase a gun, you must have a current hunting licsense and a psychological evaluation on file. Accoring to Gun Policy, research from The Univeristy of Sydney, the maximum prison sentence for carrying an illegal gun in Paris is three years and a fine.
The estimated number of legal and illegal guns in France is 19 million.
Claim 3: “Ted Cruz, he wasn’t born in this country, folks. He shouldn’t even be in this country, and he shouldn’t be in this group that we are talking about.”
Ted Cruz was born in Canada, this is true, according to PolitiFact, but he can still most likely run for President. Rafael Edward Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, in 1970. His family moved to the U.S. when he was four years old, and he has remained in the U.S. ever since. Cruz released his birth certificate in 2013, which states his mother was born in Delaware and his father was born in Cuba. Experts do not completely agree with each other about what it means to be a “natural born citizen.” Some believe Cruz can run because his mother was born here, but others do not agree.
According to Fact Check, the Naturalization Act of 1790 states, “the children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens.”
Claim 4: “We have $19 trillion in debt, and it’s going to $21 trillion.”
This statement is both true and false. The total outstanding public debt is $19.2 trillion, but there is $5.3 trillion in Intragovernmental Holdings, or money the government owes itself. All special treasury securities are held by the Social Security Trust Fund. The U.S. is actually $13.9 in debt held to the public, according to the U.S. Treasury.
Claim 5: “The Omnibus funds Obamacare, it funds Syrians coming into the United States, we have no idea who they are, it funds illegal immigrants coming in and through your border, right through Phoenix.”
According to PolitiFact, Trump’s statement is wrong. The omnibus does not pay for undocumented immigrants coming in through the border, but rather, pays for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to keep undocumented immigrants out. This spending bill also does not fund Syrian refugees specifically. It does fund refugees, in general, moving to the U.S.
Claim 6: “The head of Nabisco is leaving Chicago with their plant, they are headed to Mexico. No more Oreos for us.”
Trump brings up this company as an example of businesses leaving the U.S. Trump argues we need these businesses to stay and work with the U.S. instead of moving to Mexico or over seas.
This statement is true, Nabisco is moving to a new factory in Mexico. This will force 600 jobs to be moved from the city of Chicago. Nabisco will still make products in the U.S., but they are moving to a $130 million upgraded facility in Mexico.
Claim 7: “China has been rebuilt because of the money and the jobs we have lost and the money we have given them. We have rebuilt China and they know it.”
This statement is not completely true or false. According to the Congressional Research Service, China has experienced growth starting in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s because China became open to trade. After the death of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping became the leader of the Communist Party. In 1979, Xiaoping began open trade with the West as well as economic reforms. From 1979 to 2014, China had double-digit growth of the gross domestic product (GDP) every year, and the country’s economy was doubled every eight years.
China’s economy has grown because of reforms China has made, but also because of their involvement in global trade, which involves the U.S.
To watch Donald Trump’s full speech in Arizona, click here.