Trump in Rome, NY: “It is going to change!”

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On Tuesday, April 12 Donald Trump held a rally a few hours north of his hometown in Rome, NY.

As he took to the stage, Trump thanked his supporters, empathized with them and reminded them of the change he would soon be bringing.

“We have all been suffering together and it is going to change.”

As he jumped into his speech he first apologized for the location, an airport hangar, by stating that it was the only building that would hold a group of that size.

Syracuse.com reported that the rally took place at the Griffiss International Airport with approximately 5,000 people in attendance.  After researching large venues in Rome, NY it is true that the airport hangar may be the only venue in town that can hold such a large number of people.

As Trump jumped into his speech, he began discussing the lack of manufacturing jobs in the Utica-Rome region and his plans change that.

“Your county has lost 60 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 1980. According to the Bureau Labor of Statistics, the Utica Rome region has lost more than half of its manufacturing jobs since 1999.”

Trump’s statement was proven to be true in comparison to data collected from the Bureau Labor of Statistics, which showed that there was an approximate 57% decrease in manufacturing jobs between February 1999 and February 2016 .

Trump proceeded to discuss the Asian currency manipulation and devaluation, while stating “nobody understands it but me.”

Clearly this point was not accurate, as many others are aware and informed about China’s devaluation of the yuan. For example, reporters  discussed the importance of this topic in a Los Angeles Times article. While it is likely Trump was referring to the opposing candidates, his comment did not specify who he was referring to when he said “nobody”.

Trump returned back to his discussion about the loss of manufacturing jobs in Utica-Rome and stated, “according to Labor Bureau of Statistics Utica Rome region lost 40 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 2001.”

After comparing manufacturing jobs in 2001 and 2016 via tables provided by the Labor Bureau of Statistics that number may be a bit higher, at about 60 percent.

Following his discussion of manufacturing jobs, Trump segued into a discussion of median household income in New York stating, “median household income in New York state today is $3700 less per year than it was in 1989 inflation adjusted.”

According to the United States Census Bureau, the median household income in 1989 in New York was $32,965 and today is $58,687, with a $25,722 increase.

Next, Trump transitioned into a discussion about the voting system.

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“The system is rigged, and you have to understand I am not complaining about the states that I won, those are OK…I won I think 22 and Cruz won 10.”

Half of the information Trump provided in this statement is true, as Cruz has won 10 states. However, Trump has won 20 states.

Trump then proceeded to boast about the self-funding of his campaign, something he commonly discusses when giving a speech.

“This is a movement folks. I am self-funding my campaign. They hate it. They hate it. They don’t want me to self-fund my campaign.”

According to Politifact.com, this is only partially true.

“Trump’s campaign brought in about $19.4 million by the end of 2015. Trump contributed nearly $13 million of that himself. Most of the remainder comes from individual contributions, which federal law caps at $2,700 per candidate per election.”

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While it is true that Trump has provided much of his own funding, it is important to realize that contributions are also being made.

On Trump’s website there is even a section for others to donate.

Trump continued his speech by discussing the preliminaries and the difficulties he faces with his opposing candidates.

His next claim was in regards to American political commentator and journalist Brit Hume. Trump stated “People said even last night on Bill O’Reilly that Brit Hume, who never says anything good about me, but he actually said it’s a phenomenon what’s taking place. He actually said that and I couldn’t believe it. He said something to the effect that it’s probably never happened in the history of the country.”

Hume is commonly known to make negative remarks about Trump and while researching segments from The O’Reilly Factor it does not seem that Hume ever referred to Trump as a “phenomenon.”

It is likely that Trump is instead referring to a comment made by Bill O’Reilly when talking to Brit Hume where O’Reilly stated, “I [have] got to say this Trump phenomenon is something like we have never seen in our lifetime. We have covered a lot of campaigns and nobody has ever seen anything like this.”

Hume later agreed when he returned to The O’Reilly Factor earlier this week by stating “It is the biggest political story of our time, by far.”

As Trump continued with his speech, he began discussing those who have supported him and his political efforts.

“We’ve had so many great endorsements with Governor Christie, and with Sarah Palin, and with everybody – Vander Plaats – our friend Bob Vander Plaats from Liberty University.”

The comment was brought to the attention of MSNBC who was quick to shoot down Trump’s claim by pointing out that “Vander Plaats is not with Liberty University and he certainly is not a Trump supporter – he is Cruz’s National Campaign Co-Chair.”

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Trump’s comment was later corrected by spokeswoman Hope Hicks who “told NBC News that he did, in fact, mean Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who has endorsed him.”

As Trump began making his final points in his speech, he stated, “You are the highest taxed people in the world. In the whole world.”

After researching this statement, it was determined to be inaccurate. According to Politifact.com, “the top income tax rate is 39.6 percent.That ranked 33rd highest on a list of the top rates in 116 nations compiled this year by KPMG, an international tax advisory corporation.”

It was also determined that the tax revenue as a percentage of gross domestic product and tax revenue per capita was lower than other countries. Therefore, research suggested that it is likely Trump’s comment was false, unless he was referring to the country with the highest corporate tax rate, although he did not specify.

Overall, it is clear that some of the claims made by Donald Trump were indeed accurate, however others may have needed a bit more clarification or research.

Trump will be speaking again tonight, April 13, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 7:00 P.M.

 

 

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