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Trump’s ‘firehose of lying’ during ABC News townhall busted by brutal CNN fact-check

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Donald Trump at a “The President and the People” town hall (screengrab)

During an ABC News townhall event on Tuesday night, September 15, President Donald Trump answered questions from U.S.-based voters as well as from moderator George Stephanopoulos. Not surprisingly, much of what the president had to say was misleading — and CNN’s Daniel Dale gave Trump a comprehensive fact-check after the event.

Dale, speaking rapidly, told CNN host Don Lemon, “There was just so much lying.” And he went on to cite example after example.

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Dale told Lemon, “He said Democrats won’t protect people with preexisting conditions; that is nonsense, as a voter told him. Democrats created those protections. He insisted he didn’t praise China on the virus; he did so repeatedly, we know that.”

Dale added that Trump “claimed” that former Vice President Joe Biden, “said, in March, that the [coronavirus] pandemic was ‘totally overexaggerated.’”

“I can find no evidence that Biden ever said that,” Dale said.

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In fact, Biden wrote an op-ed for USA Today that was published on January 29 and warned how dangerous the COVID-19 coronavirus was. In his op-ed, Biden warned, “The outbreak of a new coronavirus, which has already infected more than 2700 people and killed over 80 in China, will get worse before it gets better. Cases have been confirmed in a dozen countries, with at least five in the United States. There will likely be more.”

In other words, Biden hardly downplayed the severity of COVID-19 as Trump claimed during the September 15 townhall. The former vice president publicly warned, in a major publication, that a deadly storm was on its way.

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Dale went on to cite some other lies and distortions that came from Trump during the townhall, telling Lemon, “Trump said that he fired [former Defense Secretary] James Mattis; Mattis resigned. He said that protesters took over 20% of Seattle; it was a six-block area — nowhere close to 60%…. He said he essentially repealed Obamacare by getting rid of the individual mandate — not even close to true. Medicaid expansion, preexisting condition protections, other stuff, remains.”

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The CNN reporter added, “He did his usual false boasts about so-called bans on travel from China and Europe; they were not complete bans. He said stocks are owned by, quote, ‘everybody’ — just about half of Americans own stocks. He repeated his nonsense about testing causing cases [of COVID-19] — testing merely reveals and helps fight cases. He said that Biden has agreed to Bernie Sanders-style socialized healthcare — [Biden] fought Sanders on that issue. [Biden] has very much not agreed to a Sanders-style plan. And Don, this is a preliminary list…. There was just a firehose of lying from the president.”


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