Donald Trump-Nashville, Tennessee: Analysis

On August 25, 2015, presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a speech at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Preference Endorsing Convention at the Rocketown Conference Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

“There is a big growing leaps and bounds silent majority out there, and we are going to take this country back, and we are going to make this country great again and so strong again,” Trump said.

Throughout his speech, Trump touched on veterans and illegal immigrants, issues regarding jobs, ObamaCare, trade, his net worth and Univision.


Courtesy of Creative Commons photo of Donald Trump

Trump began his speech by acknowledging his crowd and pointing out Beada Corum, a 92-year-old woman who registered for the first time to vote for Trump.

1. Trump stated that veterans are mistreated and wait too long to receive medical attention from doctors.

According to an investigation from March 9, 2016, conducted by the  Virginia Office of Inspector General in Response to Allegations Regarding Patient Wait Times, it was noted that veteran patients were being, “scheduled several months later for a follow-up appointment,” at the Virginia Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. There were similar allegations documented by the Virginia Office of Inspector General in Response to Allegations Regarding Patient Wait Times that took place at the Virginia Medical Center in Willmington, Deleware and Gainesville, Florida.

It is true that these veterans deal with long wait times to receive medical attention, but Trump compared veterans to illegal immigrants and claimed that the illegal immigrants are treated better than veterans. To state the wait that veterans deal with is correct, but stating illegal immigrants are treated better is not accurate. According to Health Care, “Undocumented immigrants aren’t eligible to buy Marketplace health coverage, or for premium tax credits and other savings on Marketplace plans. But they may apply for coverage on behalf of documented individuals.”

Although veterans deal with overly long wait times, they have the health care available to them.

2. During Trump’s speech he stated, “We have 93 million people that are out of the labor force.” According to a news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in March of 2014, there were eight million individuals that were unemployed and according to Trump only five months later the eight million multiplied by nearly 12 times the amount. Trump was correct to say there were many people that were unemployed, but was factually incorrect in his statement regarding the number of unemployed individuals being 93 million.

3. As Trumps speech continued, he began to attack the Affordable Care act. Trump touched on the large amount of debt the United States is in and expressed strong disapproval of the Affordable Care Act, informally known as ObamaCare, as he stated that he was going to work to get it removed. He stated the cost of ObamaCare would only increase the deficit that was at $19 trillion.  Indeed ObamaCare Facts states, “As of March 2015, the estimated net cost of ObamaCare’s insurance related provisions is $1.207 trillion.” Here Trump’s claims prove true; ObamaCare helps uninsured Americans afford private and public health care, but it increases the nation’s debt.

4. Trump discussed his views on trade and how he believes in free trade by telling about his experience in Los Angeles as he witnessed a vehicle shipment arrive from Japan. He stated the trade is unbalanced because Japan trades cars for the United States to purchase while the United States sells beef in return. He stated the profit is unbalanced because the price of beef and automobiles are not equivalent.  Trump is partially correct as he stated beef is traded with Japan, but he did not mention the optic and medical instruments, aircraft, machinery, and electrical machinery that is exported along with the beef as outlined by the Office of the United States Trade Representative. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2015, the total amount in US dollars that was exported to Japan was $6,2471.8 million and $131,119.7 million imported from Japan. Trump was correct to state the trade was unbalanced as the balance number was at a negative $6,8647.9 million.

5. As Trump informed about his investments he stated that there are investments that have not been acknowledged and targeted Forbes by stating the business magazine said, “Trump’s only worth five billion or four billion.” He was not very fond of Forbes, as he compared it to a “bankrupt magazine.” The American business magazine has Trump numbered at 324 on the world’s billionaires list with a net worth of $4.5 billion, but Trump believes his net worth should be higher. Forbes has noted that Trump does not release his tax returns which would show Trumps annual income.  Although he believes $4.5 billion is inaccurate, until Trump makes his tax returns public Forbes’ calculation is correct.

6. As Trump carried on, he began to discuss an infamous exchange he had with Univision reporter Jorge Ramos. Trump claimed he is suing Univision for five hundred for dropping, “the Miss USA and Miss Universe telecasts last year after Trump made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants,” according to Variety. Variety also stated Trump and Univision were able to reach a settlement.

Trump then began to portray Ramos as a supporter of Hillary Clinton by stating in a suspicious tone that Ramos’ daughter works for Hillary Clinton. Backing up Trump’s claims that his daughter works for Clinton, Jorge Ramos posted an article on Fusion that confirmed his daughter Paola Ramos works for Clinton. Ramos said, “Paola, has accepted a position working with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”

Throughout the speech there were a few times where Trump excluded vital information in his plan to improve America, but overall, Trump’s claims in his speech in Nashville proved to be mostly true.


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