Barack Obama- The White House: Analysis

Jan. 29, 2016 at approximately 12:19 p.m est., President Barack Obama spoke on advancing equal pay. The speech took place in the South Court Auditorium of the White House addressing the issues concerning equal pay for men and women. Obama used several statistics and comments motivating his audience  to join the fight against discrimination in America towards women in the workforce.

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Introducing his speech with the example of Lilly Ledbetter, Obama creates his argument that America has a long way to go stating, “we knew that our work wasn’t done.” The information found below will be an analyzation of several statements claimed during this speech.

Claim 1: “..she was by my side when I signed my first bill into law— the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act” 

The beginning statement indicates the presence of Lilly Ledbetter during the signing of Obama’s first bill. A video that was taken at the event prove Lilly Ledbetter was in fact at the side of  Obama during the signing of the new law.

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The claim also includes the Fair Pay Act was Obama’s very first bill signed into law upon his presidency. A report by the WhiteHouse.org archives find the law was signed back on January 30, 2009. It states, “ On January 29, 2009 President Obama signed his very first piece of legislation: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.”

This act was for the benefit of Lilly Ledbetter, a women who became the example of gender discrimination in the workplace.The story of Lilly Ledbetter moves on to the second claim.

Claim 2: “..no woman would ever face the kind of discrimination that Lilly faced on the job.” 

Ledbetter held a high ranking position as an overnight supervisor for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company beginning in 1979.  According to Time Magazine her time there was not without acts of gender discrimination.

Time reveals, “During her career at Goodyear, Ledbetter suffered sexual harassment and day-to-day discrimination”

Upon entering into her new position, the company asked her to sign a contract stating she would not be allowed to discuss salaries with any other co-workers and the information was to be held confidential.

It was not until the eve of her retirement in 1989,  did Ledbetter come to the realization she had been underpaid compared to her male co-workers. An anonymous note from a co-worker informed her of the salary difference revealing,

“Ledbetter was making $3,727 per month, while men doing the same job were paid $4,286 to $5,236 per month.” – Time

When she went to court with this new information, she was not compensated for her lost earned money. Summarized by Oyez the Ledbetter versus Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company conclusion by the Supreme Court was a 5 to 4 vote in the favor of Goodyear.

Oyez states, “the Court ruled that Ledbetter’s claim was time-barred by Title VII’s limitations period.” Judges Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito all agreed upon a 180 day limit from first salary discrimination to file a case.

In an interview between Ledbetter and the Colbert Report, she discusses the events of her trial.

Claim 3: “Today, women account for almost half of the workforce.”

The US Census Bureau released the most updated statistics focusing on women in the United States recorded in March 2016. According to their research, a total of 75.6 million women were recorded to have participated in the workforce in 2014.  After calculation with these results they concluded, “Women comprised 47.4 percent of the civilian labor force in 2014”.

Claim 4: “But the typical women who works full time still earns 79 cents for every dollar that the typical man does. 

The research found in the US Census Bureau again concluded this statement as true  stating that 79 cents was,

“The amount that female year-round, full-time workers earned in 2014 for every dollar their male counterparts earned”- US Census Bureau

This research can also be seen in the graph provided by Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014.  This same statistic has been a rallying cry by Obama for years, before being 77 cents per dollar a man makes.

In an article published by Politifact , their research shows this statement has been used  a multitude of times,

“He used it in a proclamation for National Equal Pay Day (July 20, 2010), in remarks at a White House forum on women and the economy (April 6, 2012), in a conference call with reporters (June 4, 2012), and remarks on the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act (June 10, 2013), just to cite a few.” – Politifact

Before as it is now, the numbers stand correct. However, readers must be aware of the background regarding the presence of this statistic as pointed out in the article published by Politifact.

Politifact includes their hesitation to Obama’s statement due to a statistic being used without context. The article says,”..the gap is at least partially explained by the predominance of women in lower-paying fields, rather than women necessarily being paid less for the same job than men are”.

Claim 5: “The typical working woman makes only 60 cents. The typical Latino woman makes only 55 cents for every dollar a white man earns.”

This statement was fact checked by research conducted by the Institute for Women’s Research Policy Research. An article published in April 2016 presents the most recent findings of racial wage gap titled, “The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation 2015 and by Race and Ethnicity”.

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The final numbers conclude,

“For all occupations considered together, Hispanic women have the lowest median earnings at $566 per week (56.3 percent of the median weekly earnings of white men—$1,005, Table 3). Black women have median weekly earnings of $615 or 61.2 percent of the median weekly earnings of white men”.

Claim 6: “The gap is even wider for women of color”

The research stated above by the Institute For Women’s Research Policy concludes this statement is correct. It is important to notice this research is adapted to very broad occupational groups.

The Institute adds, “The distribution of women across the occupations varies for each group”, indicating the numbers may change when focusing on specific job occupations the survey may not have included. Their research also adds  women are four times as likely to work in occupations with poverty level wages which add to the final numbers found in ” The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation”

The research states in Table 1, the 10 most common occupations for women include lower wage jobs such as administrative assistants, registered nurses, elementary school teachers, receptions and information clerks and more. This compared to the top 10 for men including, first-line supervisors, computer software engineers, chief executives and more which result in a higher paying salary.

This number grows even higher for women of color who have a higher percentage working in poverty level jobs.

The article states, “..black and Hispanic women are about twice as likely to work in ‘service’ occupations as white women..”

In a table provided by the article regarding to the median weekly earnings by race and ethnicity, it includes percentages further proving the above statement. According to the research, it found for service occupations a total of 23.2% of black women and 26.0% of Hispanic women  were working in this field.

Overall, Obama’s statistics were found factually correct. The importance of equal pay for women in America is a relevant cause and continues to be discussed in the present elections. For a citizen able to vote, it is important to verify information stated by any presidential candidate be put within the correct context to prove if information given is reliable.

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.

Truthful Business, Deceitful Politics

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.

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“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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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To watch the full speech, click here.

 

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.

 

 

Donald Trump visits Fountain Hills, Arizona

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.

Before Trump walked on stage, Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, former Arizona Governor, Janice K. Brewer and Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio all spoke on Trump’s behalf and introduced him.

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.

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Graph of Donald Trump’s campaign funding in 2015 Photo Courtesy: Politifact.com

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.

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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.”

The Omnibus is a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill President Obama signed in December, and will be in effect until September 30, 2016.

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.

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