Trump's ABC News town hall: Fact-checking the president's answers

ABC News fact checks what President Donald Trump said during a 90-minute town hall special Tuesday night.

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ABC News fact checks what President Donald Trump said during a 90-minute town hall special Tuesday night.

--Cheyenne HaslettTrump misrepresents impact of Biden's tax planTRUMP'S CLAIM:"If you look at his policies ... he wants to raise everybody's taxes."FACT CHECK: The Democratic nominee for president, former Vice President Joe Biden, has said he wants to raise taxes on high earners.

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When asked about his tax plan in August, former Vice President Joe Biden told “World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir,""I will raise taxes for anybody making over $400,000."Biden added, “no new taxes” would be levied for anyone making under $400,000.

However, according to an analysis by the nonprofit, under Biden's plan, taxes do appear to increase by a small amount across the board. But 93% of increases would be shouldered by the top quintile of taxpayers, according to the analysis.The Tax Policy Foundation found that the Biden tax plan"would lead to 7.8 percent less

for the top 1 percent of taxpayers, 1.1 percent lower after-tax income for the top 5 percent, and around 0.6 percent less after-tax income for other income quintiles."--Beatrice PetersonABC NewsRegistered nurse Laura Galvas asks President Donald Trump a question during ABC News' town hall hosted by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sept. 15, 2020.

Registered nurse Laura Galvas asks President Donald Trump a question during ABC News' town hall hosted by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sept. 15, 2020.Trump misrepresents Republican police reform bill

TRUMP'S CLAIM:"We have a great senator named Tim Scott, from South Carolina, and he had a plan that was very much of a compromise plan, but it was a plan that everybody pretty much agreed to."FACT CHECK: Trump mischaracterized Republican Sen. Tim Scott's policing reform proposal, unveiled in June and voted down about a week later, as a"compromise plan."

Democrats did not agree with many of the proposals in the Scott bill, and many, including Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., argued the bill did not go far enough to"meet the moment" following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis.

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Democrats offered their own, more-sweeping police reform proposal to counter Scott's. The Democratic proposal passed the House, but has not been taken up for a vote by the Senate.Scott's proposal differed from the Democratic proposal in several key ways: The Democrats hoped to ban the use of chokeholds, which the Scott proposal did not do. The Republican bill also did not eliminate qualified immunity for police officers or ban"no-knock" warrants, both measures Democrats sought.

The Republican bill offered cities incentives for ending the use of chokeholds but did not ban them entirely, establish a 19-member Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, and included a proposal to beef up funding for popular Community Oriented Policing programs. It also imposed stiff penalties for any officer who knowingly alters a police report in his or her favor.

While Trump claimed that"a lot of Democrats agreed to" the bill, only three voted to advance it to debate on the Senate floor, effectively killing the legislation.--Allison PecorinTrump doesn't tell full story of crime by focusing on cities' Democratic leadership

TRUMP'S CLAIM:"This is a Democrat problem, George. ... This is largely a Democrat problem if you just take a look at the list. Every Democrat city -- almost, not all, but a lot of them, certainly in the top 25, even if you go the top 50 -- almost every city is run by the Democrats. People don't respect our police."

FACT CHECK: Trump repeatedly argued that cities experiencing surges in violent crime are all run by Democratic leaders and that crime is"largely a Democrat problem."The 20 cities with the highest rates of violent crime per capita are currently led by Democratic mayors, with the exception of Jacksonville, Florida, which is run by a Republican, and two other cities that are run by independents, according to a review of the FBI's uniform crime report from the first six months of 2019, the most recent national data set focusing on violent crime reports.

It is misleading to state, however, as Trump did in the town hall, that rising crime is primarily driven by the Democratic leadership in their respective states.Cities with higher population and urban areas are certainly represented predominantly by Democrats, but the rise in violent crime across the nation has not been restricted to those that are run by Democrats. The insinuation of a Democratic leader as the cause of the rising crime is not an accurate claim. High population areas and urban areas, run by leaders on both ends of the political spectrum, have historically had higher reported instances of violent crime.

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For instance, the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks mass shootings nationwide, last month reported that the country was on pace for nearly 600 mass shootings, which would be the highest total tallied by the group in its history. That predicted total was not a summation of only Democratic-run cities but as a result of the rising crime rate nationwide, including cities and towns led by Republican officials.

--Alexander Mallin and Terrance SmithTrump says 'we want people to come,' but legal immigration down, tooTRUMP'S CLAIM:"We want people to come into our country ... but we want them to come in through a legal system.”FACT CHECK: Trump campaigned on the promise to crack down on both legal and illegal immigration.

Under his administration, levels of legal immigration have decreased using such measures as caps on refugee admissions and sharp restrictions on people making asylum claims at the border.Last year, the administration set a refugee cap of 18,000 people, which was down from the 110,000 limit set by Obama in 2016. The U.S. no longer leads the world in refugee admissions, according to a Pew Research Center

report.The president has ordered the suspension of several visa types this year, including employment-based visas, citing the health crisis.--Anne Flaherty and Quinn OwenTrump claims to run Obamacare well -- but cut funding, added limitsTRUMP'S CLAIM:"We have run it so much better than Obama ran it."

FACT CHECK: This claim grossly misrepresents how the Trump administration has administered the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which the administration iscurrently in courtseeking to dismantle.Trump has cut funding for Obamacare advertising and navigators that help people obtain health care coverage, and limited enrollment periods for Americans.

The administration in March decided against opening up a window for people to sign up for health care at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.--Benjamin SiegelABC NewsPresident Donald Trump participates in ABC News' town hall hosted by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sept. 15, 2020.

President Donald Trump participates in ABC News' town hall hosted by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sept. 15, 2020.Trump overly optimistic on vaccine timing, exaggerates availability

TRUMP'S CLAIM:"We're very close to having a vaccine. ... We're within weeks of getting it. You know, could be three weeks, four weeks but we think we have it."FACT CHECK: Trump's timeline is overly optimistic and exaggerates how soon most Americans will be able to get vaccinated.

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2020 Real journalism is dead 💀 shameful 2020 Please understand this: Donald just makes things up on the spur of the moment. Up is Down. Right is left. Whatever. 2020 2020 trump said the book was fake and now he is confirming that he did say he 'wanted to always play it down'? BIDEN/HARRIS 2020 2020 2020 Okay, that's why he created the coronavirus task force. If that's down playing then I see no problem with it.

2020 ABC The President’s continued FAILURE TO MANAGE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS RESPONSE to this Pandemic has NOW resulted in 200,197 DEATHS 1000/day + *OVER 30 million unemployed that have lost their company’s insurance *Company Bankruptcies *Home Foreclosures & Family Evictions 2020 SUCKS and is very BIASED WHOMEVER WATCHES ANY BIASED NEWS ARE JUST SHOWING IGNORANCE. SO DON'T. LIBERALS ARE EVIL AND VILE. VERY RACIST PEOPLE.

2020 Lie after lie. Hey George you should have fact checked every damn word. 2020 2020 2020 Journalism is dead. You can do the right things in the background while not alarming the public. ABC is total trash 2020 ABC you are a despicable group! 2020 The three guarantees in life. Death Taxes Ever time tRump opens his mouth it’s a lie.

2020 GStephanopoulos Stephanopoulos knows that every Republican proposal post Obamacare has included protections for pre-existing conditions, but he still asked the 'question' (made a statement actually) based on a false premise. That's objectivity in MSM land. 2020 What the AbcTownHall proved is that this RUSSIA-INSTALLED, MASS-MURDERER POTUS will be eaten alive by JoeBiden at the PresidentialDebate. Can you hear the drums, realDonaldTrump? WhiteHouse TeamTrump TeamJoe GOP DNC BidenHarrisToSaveAmerica

2020 GStephanopoulos They hate Obama. Not because bad policy, but because he’s smarter than they are! Jealousy and racism are bad characteristics. Especially in the presidency. It’s childish & stupid. Grow the hell up. I can’t stand Trump & his “white” band of thieves! 2020 GStephanopoulos I don’t believe a word he says he would’ve put forth a plan by now if he was serious about giving all American healthcare

2020 GStephanopoulos She threw I. The race card. She had me from her first word util she used race to divide herself from American Citizens. We are one nation that includes many races. Any citizen has the opportunity to work to better their circumstances. She did that! The use of race divides her! 2020 GStephanopoulos Trump 2020. Where is your documentation and proof George? The media has lied so much I will not believe anything without proof. Trumps done more for this country than anybody. And that is over all

2020 GStephanopoulos We can only hope that this healthcare plan is as well thought out as your coronavirus response (200,000 dead and counting) or your Chinese tariffs (over 100 billion paid for by American people with most of the tariffs then going to our farmers who were punished by the Chinese) Trump is incompetent.

2020 GStephanopoulos This is what's called 'Blowing smoke up a dead goat's ass'. He can't get a healthcare plan thru congress because it won't cover everybody. He's again gaslighting the people to make it thru election while he's in court trying to remove Obamacare and everyones coverage. 2020 GStephanopoulos

2020 GStephanopoulos When realDonaldTrump moves his hands like that he’s lying. It’s been 3.5 years - no plan; he has been promising a plan and still no plan. If they had a better plan you better believe they would have release an outline of it by now. Just more lies. WakeUpAmerica WRONG!!! EVERY YEAR under Obamacare your premium INCREASED plans were even eliminated making people find new plans! You Lie! The old 80/20 plans covered pre existing after a year...costs stayed the same.

2020 GStephanopoulos Trump another lie about preserving pre existing conditions while you have the courts trying to end Obamacare cut Nedicare. 2020 GStephanopoulos Let’s get one thing straight, Obamacare was the worst piece of shit legislation ever signed into law. As it was designed to fail as a means of forcing Single Payer, gov’t rationed, substandard healthcare. Along with the added destruction of the Health Insurance Industry.

DiabeticJew big news. he says dumb things. I'm beginning to think the media and the politicians on both sides have all lost their minds The important number is the number of death people. You can test less , but anyway the same amount of death on corona show the real situation. We need a raft of questions about all his proven misdemeaners lies and misinformation... in the UK we havd a rottweiler called Jeremy Paxman who would tear him another hole

YES! FACT CHECK HIM! He doesn't understand how numbers work; he only has 'the best words' (the same 50 he uses all the time) - he did learn a big word this year, 'hydroxychloroquine'; never mispronounced it. frozenfldrinks Sorry, but those fact checks are really not fact checks. Ridiculous. There is enough proof from Europe that masks are not necessarily healthy. Germans don’t even wear them anymore. Not even in schools. Also they tested way less that the US.

Come on man .. a Harris Biden administration would would .. I must be out of time... The reporting strategy on trump is exactly wrong! The commonplace is not news?”! As such reporting on when trump lies, or whatever the style-book euphemism for Trump’s lies is in vogue, deflects from the news. Which occurs when trump tells the truth!

This is an adorable “fact check” of weaponized subjective semantics. Ex: Trump said almost 300 judges by end of his first term. “Fact Check”: it’s at 260 right now, but probably won’t be exactly 300 by the end of his term 🙄 PresidentPinocchio tries to lie and BS his way through the town hall on ABC with George Stephanopoulos I would do Pay Per View to see Trump with George and Daniel Dale on the stage fact checking him from both sides

False, scientists agree that testing affects positivity rates. ABC also lied in their follow up saying that cases were increasing when they have been decreasing since peaking in July. Yeah incorrect seems to suggest that he just messed up. He's lying. Also why would that matter? All it means is we have a fuck ton of cases. That ain't good lol. He frames it in his mind as a competition.

Awful fact check by ABC. They're committing a cherry-picking fallacy (among others). 1) Of course more testing will generally result in a high reported confirmed cases. 2) Notice how they say '[some] other countries' & not 'all/most other countries.' Apples to oranges fallacy. This is a great collection of the differences between definitions in the Trump dictionary and the standard English dictionary. Everybody = All the people that matter to Trump.

Stop with the Pinocchio B's call him what he is....a LIAR He did not lie or mislead anyone. He is correct. Voting red because of the media Your tweet implies Trump said higher of confirmed cases...then you state he gets % of positivity rates wrong. Did he directly say % or simply of tests? There is a difference in these.

You guys set him up. Though overall he did pretty good for Trump but you cherry-picking every negative thing you could use and edit so it would make the President bad. That my friends is treasonous and shows your the leader of the free world in your minds. Counting asymptomatic cases should not count. Don’t count in China. What is IFR? Ct threshold for positives? Whichever simpleton moron is running this tweet deck needs to ask the right questions then report on factual info. This post is wasteful.

Will you fact check Biden? We all know the answer to that. And Trump wins again. Trump gets his statistics from sesame street. Reports like this do nothing after the fact. trump must be shut down in real time, cuz once he is allowed to do all the talking, it doesn't matter if it is all lies, it is what the people hear, hence it is their truth. George failed tonight. The Press are failing! Do better!

is FakeNews what a joke of undecided voters, please!! So when is JoeBiden to ans ques. not prepared by his staff? He never really responded to the questions asked instead he just talked his regular shit. Like he has for every topic a programmed rant.. regardless what you ask in that topic you will hear the same bullshit but your question wasnt really answered. 🤦🏾‍♂️

He lies like you breathe. What’s the point? Masks are ineffective liars Now do Jurassic Joe Biden A.K.A. CornPop ABC can't do math. A lower % positivity rate in one country has nothing to do with the absolute number of confirmed cases in another country. If we do 100M tests with a positivity of 10% we'd have 10M cases. Another country does 50M tests with 5% positivity has only 2.5M cases.

Stephanopoulos spent the entire evening playing gotcha, he has no respect for our President. I think his performance as moderator was shameful. You are a liar. You should not even bother doing interviews with the liberal media realDonaldTrump They twist everything, and try to trip you up and fool the people. They do not have the best interests of America st heart. A complete waste of time. Besides, this virus is SO OVER!

You are lying Trump you were a total flop . Ally you do talk bullshit you haven a clue in what you’re doing. Our test are giving false positives... Why do you think he went to this townhall? He is not afraid of the fake news and he cares for all Americans. We love our President even more. November is almost here. Our victory is near.

🍿🐸🖕 It is absurd that you even did this show. Nobody gives a shit what he has to say. Are you a victim of the corrupt News? The News Media's job is to entertain. Tricks to make a story out of nothing are: Loaded questions Unnamed sources Missing video You may need to open your eyes wider if you cannot see the line is being crossed by the news Media every day.

When did town halls become biased? Even with your attacks and fake conservite plants realDonaldTrump handled it like a boss tonight. Lil GStephanopoulos glasses kept fogging up cuz he was getting his ass handed to him. Twerp. Great job Mr President! Trump2020Landslide 🇺🇸 MSM fact-checked a sandwich earlier - sit down 🤦

Good grief yet the EU has an 8% death rate compared to our 3% ...we're doing great. Do you want best restaurant website design, kindly check the link below to get more information Your just spinning the facts to fit your narrative! More test , more cases. This was a train wreck for realDonaldTrump. He tried to twist and defkect, trying the same old BS AND PEOPLE WEREN'T BUYING IT !! Biden is going to destroy you in the debates, Donald. Your political career is over! VoteBidenHarris2020

I want someone to ask him about his comments calling our vets suckers and losers. Ask him about that! You have lost the masses ABC. Most people have woken up and know you try to spin everything he says.. it's one trusts you when everybody use to. How did you let yourself get there. Maybe you should have medical professionals with statistics available at the time of town halls, interviews and debates.....this is serious! Misinformation on TV from ABC without a correction

What about Peace signing events today?! Why always negativity? ABiasC has a full court press on Trump during these final months of the election season... tests per population? or tests in general? Let's be clear. And Stats 101 — You cannot compare USA to any other country without controlling or normalizing for significant parameters like median age, obesity, population density, pre-existing conditions etc.

Undecided until tonight. Trump 2020. Time to donate. One might said he lied. Repeatedly. Trump lied Of course it accounts for it. ABC spewing bullshit here. Stay home forever, wear your silly mask, and pray for another stimulus check . The rest of us would like to go outside and live again. 6% Trump 2020

Here are liars You mean he lied? Wow , wake me up when the USA is totally cooked Americans behold your President, that tells lies daily, in front of TV cameras. 👭👬👫👫👬👬👬👬👬 realDonaldTrump talked in circles tonight and never answered the questions he was asked.! ABC news is trying to figure out why this happened..... 😎

This man lies as easily as he breathes😝👍🏾 Liar. Is JoeBiden going to get a room full of Biden haters too? Blah, Blah, Blah - did realDonaldTrump ever answer the question? NO - he did not. Word salad personified. He goes on and on and says absolutely nothing. Wait, did I miss something? When did this orange rodent do a good job regarding the virus. He knew of the severity from the very beginning and did absolutely NOTHING! What’s wrong with people? This “president” is no leader. He’s a loser. Geez!

Im waiting for tweets degrading these people as fake Americans and set up! Cuz ya know that’s coming! Poor countries in Africa have managed Covid better than the US. Trump should be profoundly ashamed and apologetic. Trump is walking all over you George! You need to be tough and don’t let him talk over you !

What was the questioners feedback on the answer he got? Did it make him think “yeah, all good” or “wtf?” I’d like to know who filled the audience because that was epic! Are you giving Biden equal airtime? Amazing that there are undecided voters. Start asking JoeBiden hard questions without the teleprompter/ cliff notes and ear piece. And no giving them early.

Impertinent jackanape. The crook is talkng lie. Why he be so coward to speak straight out of his mind about who gives a f' to the country, US is the white country. C'mon trump, the coward, spits it out! 2020 GStephanopoulos I Have a Preexisting Medical Condition of ADHD and Manic Depression, I swear I believe in our President Trump , He will not let me die .

GStephanopoulos 2020 I used to like George but after seeing how the media really is and how bias and rude he is I’m done. I thought he had more class. Boy, was I wrong. 2020 GStephanopoulos This is great, but why haven’t the media been doing this all along? GStephanopoulos 2020 Trump kicked little George’s ass tonight -

GStephanopoulos 2020 Need a fact check running on the screen in real time for this guy’s stories. 2020 GStephanopoulos Trump is a sociopathic liar! He didn’t even answer the question! He has no plan! 🙄🙄🙄 GStephanopoulos 2020 So when does Joe Biden get the same opportunity? The president is correct. We do have a pandemic, in case you are not aware, there is an obstacle. Americans are unemployed. Most asylum claims were rubbish.

It’s the legal thing to do! My son’s great grandparents ‘came over’ and met at Ellis Island. They took the time to become US citizens. I know people who have also taken the steps to become citizens. Don’t come here to ‘earn’ unearned money. Earn it like most melting pot folks did GStephanopoulos 2020 reynaldo_spence here's the clip!

But then again he did save 2 or 2.5 lives!! Now let's do the same with Biden in front of a partisan conservative crowd with ambush questions. I agree with Trump. Come in legally and you will be welcomed.

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Trump to take questions from uncommitted voters in ABC News town hall from PhiladelphiaExactly seven weeks before Election Day and two weeks before the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump on Tuesday night will face uncommitted voters head-on in a 90-minute town hall special hosted by ABC News from the battleground state of Pennsylvania. ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Too late!