After what seemed to be a smooth sail of winning almost every state delegate, Donald Trump’s road to The White House is begins to look shaky with a series of losses.
On April 6, the Presidential hopeful held a rally in Bethpage, Long Island in hopes of getting a firm grip back on his ticket to The White House before it slips away. The rally was held at Grumman Studios, formally known as the birth of the Apollo Lunar Modules. According to ABC 7, somewhere between 8,000-10,000 people were inside during the rally, but Trump had the count at 15,000 inside.
ABC 7 also reported that there were several hundred people outside of the rally both supporting and opposing Mr. Trump. Only two protestors escorted out of the studio during the speech but for the most part, the crowd inside of the rally was excited to see Trump.
After being introduced by his daughter, Ivanka, Trump segued into a story about him growing up in Queens, New York, and then introduces the audience to his first promise:
1. Making america win again-filled with mostly truthful statements.
“We are going to start winning again with our country because we don’t win, we never win, we never ever win anymore, we don’t win anything. We don’t win with our military, we don’t win on trade, we don’t win on healthcare, we don’t win on anything. We are going to start winning again.” He said.
Now, getting our country to win again may sound like a plan we can all get behind, but let’s see if Trump’s statement are true.
According to The National Review, The U.S. has only clearly won one out of five major conflicts that we have been involved in since World War II. So we’ll count that as a truth for Trump.
Next up, winning when it comes to trade. USA Today reported that, “The U.S. trade deficit with China has grown from $83.8 billion in 2000 to $365.7 billion in 2015. About 3.5 million jobs were lost due to the trade deficit with China” So far, promise number one remains truthful.
Being a loser in the healthcare department is likely not a surprise as that has been a topic heavily focused on since Obama Care.
According to Common Wealth Fund, The United States has ranked lower than most of their competitors since 2004.
Up to this point, Trump started out pretty truthful, but saying “we don’t win on anything” is just a flat out lie. One example would be that America is the number one producer of oil and gas. According to PolitiFact, “The United States has been the world’s largest oil producer since 2012, and the largest natural gas producer for years.” And the list of being number one goes on with random things like: the number of Olympic Gold Medals in Men’s figure skating, drone strikes, and … you get the picture.
Though we can assume Trump was being dramatic, it’s safe to call his final statement a lie.
2. Self-funding his own campaign-completely false.
This statement is flat-out untruthful. Yes, the man is putting his own money into his campaign, but he is not self-funding his campaign, there are many other small individuals donating what they can to help, as well as a small portion of large contributors.
PolitiFact said that, “A significant portion of his (Trump’s) money comes from individual contributions. For several months last year, the campaign received far more dollars from potential voters than they did from Trump. Additionally, most of Trump’s contributions have been loans rather than donations, so he may hope to recoup those funds.”
I’ll rule his statement as a complete lie due to the fact that key elements were left out like: other people funding his campaign and his “personal funding” includes loans.
3. The audience is informed that the United States is now in 19 trillion dollars in debt, which is true according to US Government Debt. Trump states “we owe trillions to China, we owe trillions to Japan.” Both statements are also true according to CNN Money.
5. “Our businesses are now leaving our countries and going to other countries.” Trump said, outraged and ended his statement with “we’re going to keep our companies here.”-hypocritical, but true.
The beginning statement is true, but according to Forbes, Mr. Trump fails to point out that his own businesses invests heavily outside of America. “Donald Trump’s own company has shown no inclination to invest and build only in America. In fact, a significant percentage of his company’s hotels and major real estate properties are located abroad.”
After this statement, his supporters yell “build that wall” and Trump says, “We are going to build that wall–it will be a real wall,” promising that Mexico will pay for that wall. Although CNN has reported that Mexican Treasury Secretary, Luis Videgaray said, “There is no scenario in which Mexico will pay for this wall that is being proposed by the United States presidential hopeful.”
6. Later, Trump said “You heard the other day that members of her (Hillary’s) team were caught saying ‘the one person she doesn’t want to run against is Trump.'” I have yet to find any factual basis on this statement, which is weird because a statement like that from people directly working for Clinton would likely be focused on heavily.
7. Trump said he has been predicting a lot of major events that have happened, and he’s, according to him, has been correct. “I’ve been talking about take the oil for what, five years . . . you know who has the oil? ISIS has the oil, Iran has the oil.” Which we of coursed proved to be a lie when we discussed him lying about america “not winning anything” when in fact America is the number one oil producer in the world. He concluded this lie by saying “our politicians are incompetent, they don’t know what the hell they’re doing.” … all this coming from a man with no political experience.
Overall, Trump’s statistics and promises are mostly factual which is expected being that he is a successful businessman. Throughout this rally, he stated what is wrong with America but in no way delivered a plan on how he will terminate these issues. The way he bashed businesses that operate out of the US but omitted the fact that his business does this exact thing shows that he’s manipulative and lacks moral consciousness.