President Donald Trump’s press conference Thursday was riddled with lies, many of which he’s repeated at his campaign rallies for the past few weeks.
“Before we talk about this with the panel,” Tapper began. “Just a few fact-checks, I could spend three hours.”
He explained that the president’s claim that asylum seekers that are caught never show up for their court date is an outright lie. The Department of Homeland Security reports 76 percent rate of those appearing. PolitiFact concurs.
Second, Trump claimed that there are an estimated 20 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. That number has come down from Trump’s initial exaggeration of 25-30 million he quoted the previous day. His own government puts that number at closer to 12 million.
“He said that they had started building the wall. No,” Tapper corrected. “If you’re talking about the concrete wall that president Trump talked about on the campaign trail [in 2016]; no, they have not started building the wall. There’s been some improvements to fencing and things along the border, and the wall itself that President Trump talked about they have not started building that.”
Tapper noted that Trump claimed Republicans are in unison on the issue of immigration, which also isn’t true. If they were, a bill would have been passed by now. So far the moderate wing of the GOP has broken with the Tea Party wing and Trump sides with the latter.
Meanwhile, Democratic consultant and CNN commentator Paul Begala remarked that all of this is to distract from the “caravan of Republicans” coming to take away health care from Americans.
My position on Trump’s press conference is that a caravan of Republicans is trying to take away your health care if you have a pre-existing condition.
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) November 1, 2018
Watch Tapper’s “small” fact-check below:
Rick Santorum rips into Corey Lewandowski’s ‘flippant’ admission that he’s happy to lie to the media
During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski — who was hoping to leverage his appearance trashing Democrats and the Russia investigation for a Senate run in New Hampshire — was forced to admit that he constantly lies on air.
On CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," even former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), a staunch defender of the president, was aghast at this.
"Senator, isn't it kind of a weird way to run for Senate by admitting that you're happy to lie to the American people?" asked Cooper. "I know he was phrasing it as lying to the media, lying to reporters, but, you know, it's not as if — the end result is you're lying to the American people. You are giving people false information. And you're fine with that? You have no moral problem with that?"
CNN commentators laugh at GOP strategist’s pathetic rationale for why Trump’s Hispanic comments aren’t racist
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Mitch McConnell adviser and GOP strategist Scott Jennings offered a feeble defense of President Donald Trump's demand of his Hispanic adviser Steve Cortes at a rally in New Mexico that he say whether he prefers "the country or the Hispanics"
"Of course it masks racism, and he doesn't do a good job of masking it," said Democratic strategist Maria Cardona. "These comments were racist, ignorant and downright stupid. We shouldn't be surprised from what we've seen this president spew, from the moment he came down the escalator when he announced his campaign when he called Mexicans rapists and murderers and what else can we expect from this man? ... In the latest Univision/Latino Decisions poll, you have 71 percent of Latinos who said they will vote for the democratic candidate. 15 percent maybe will vote for Trump. He's in dire straits for Latinos."
‘Really, really damaging’: CNN legal analyst breaks down how the Lewandowski hearing was a disaster for Trump
President Donald Trump, by all accounts, loved his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's performance in the House Judiciary Committee testimony on Russia and obstruction of justice — as did many of the grandstanding Republicans at the hearing like ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA).
But as Lawfare Institute general counsel and CNN legal analyst Susan Hennessey stated on "The Situation Room," the hearing was actually incredibly damning to the president.
"Lewandowski was performing for the president," said political analyst Gloria Borger. "He was performing for Republicans in the state of New Hampshire. If he decides to run for the Senate. And Republicans did get an opportunity today ... to sort of shove it back to the Democrats and say, look, you guys, Barack Obama knew about the Russian meddling, why didn't you tell us."