and the First
Hilary for America September 27, 2016
The Reviews Are In: Clinton Won The Debate
reviews are in. Last night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met on the
presidential debate stage for the first time and Hillary Clinton was
the clear winner. Once again, Donald Trump showed why he lacks
knowledge, values and temperament to be president.
one candidate came prepared for the debate - and that candidate was
Clinton. She put forth concrete, detailed ideas for how she will grow
the middle class and create an economy that works for everyone - not
just those at the top. It is clearer than ever that Clinton has a
strong command of the issues and has the knowledge, judgment and
temperament to be commander-in-chief.
the flip side, Trump came to the debate unprepared and quickly became
unhinged. He lacked command of the issues and offered no clear plans
for the American people. Americans were waiting to see which version of
Trump showed up at Hofstra University. Was it “ready-to-be-president”
Statement on Tonight’s Presidential Debate: The Pretender Versus a
President; Hillary Won Hands Down
D.C.–Tonight, Correct The Record President Brad Woodhouse released the
following statement on the first general election presidential
Hillary for America Sept. 23, 2016
Trump Cannot Pass Debate Test If He Repeats These Debunked Lies
a prebuttal to the first presidential debate, Hillary for America
officials today released a damning list of Donald Trump's most
discredited lies from the campaign so far, and said that repeating
these false claims would make it impossible for him to get a passing
grade in Monday's critical test before the voters. According to PolitiFact,
are about each candidate laying out their vision for America, not
making things up. Donald Trump has shown a clear pattern of repeating
provably false lies and hoping no one corrects him. Voters and viewers
should keep track: any candidate who tells this many lies clearly can’t
win the debate on the merits,” said HFA Communications Director
HFA will be holding a press call TODAY at 2:00pm to
preview Trump’s lies during the debate.
WHO: HFA Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri WHEN: Friday, September 23 at 2:00pm ET WHERE: Register here.
Trump’s Seven Deadly Lies
And for more, find 18 pages of Trump's lies on The Briefing here.
1. FALSE: Trump opposed the
Post:Trump: "I was totally against the war in Iraq."
// Four Pinocchios."
our timeline shows, Trump was not ‘totally’ against the Iraq War. Trump
expressed lukewarm support the first time he was asked about it on
Sept. 11, 2002, and was not clearly against it until he was quoted in
the August 2004 Esquire cover story. (We even made a video documenting
how this is a bogus claim.) Yet he repeatedly claims he opposed the war
from the beginning — and thus, earns Four Pinocchios.”
2. FALSE: Trump opposed
intervention in Libya.
claim that he ‘would have stayed out of Libya’ doesn’t square with his
comments at the time. In February 2011, Trump, referring to Gadhafi,
said that the U.S. should go into Libya ‘on a humanitarian basis’ and
‘knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively and
save the lives.’”
3. FALSE: Clinton supports open
is a huge distortion of Clinton’s proposals. Clinton has praised work
already done to secure the border, and she said she supported a 2013
bill that would have invested billions more in border security while
creating a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants. Her
plan calls for protecting the border and targeting deportation to
criminals and security threats.”
4. FALSE: Clinton wants to get
rid of the Second Amendment.
News: “Claim: Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second
Amendment” // False.
Trump made this same claim earlier in the cycle, Politifact rated the
claim false after finding no evidence of Clinton ever advocating for
the abolishment of the Second Amendment… Bottom line: there’s no
evidence to support Trump’s claim.
found no evidence of Clinton ever saying verbatim or suggesting
explicitly that she wants to abolish the Second Amendment, and the bulk
of Clinton’s comments suggest the opposite. She has repeatedly said she
wants to protect the right to bear arms while enacting measures to
prevent gun violence.”
5. FALSE: President Obama and
Clinton founded ISIS.
not. It’s like saying that Ronald Reagan is the founder of al-Qaeda
because the arms he sent to the mujahideen in Afghanistan after the
Soviet invasion led to the creation of al-Qaeda. It’s a ludicrous
Post: “Trump also claims Hillary Clinton was a “co-founder” of
ISIS. Does that make sense?” // No.
Within the administration, Clinton was one of the loudest forces for
keeping a residual force in Iraq and for intervening in Syria, such as
arming the rebels. So the criticism especially does not apply to her,
since she advocated a more hawkish policy than was undertaken by Obama.”
6. FALSE: Clinton would allow
620,000 refugees into the U.S. with no vetting.
Trump: “This includes her plan to bring in 620,000 new refugees from
Syria and that region over a short period of time.” // This is an
has used this number before, but it stems from the unverified
assumption that Clinton, who has called for 55,000 additional refugees
from Syria, would continue at that pace for every year of her first
term, on top of the Obama administration’s proposal for 100,000
refugees for fiscal year 2017. Trump then multiplies 155,000 times four
years to reach 620,000 refugees. Clinton has never proposed such a
“plan,” so this is an invented figure.”
Trump: “Under the Clinton plan, you’d be admitting hundreds of
thousands of refugees from the Middle East with no system to vet them,
or to prevent the radicalization of the children and their children.”
// “It’s false...”
has repeatedly made this “hundreds of thousands” claim, usually
referring to Syria, but it’s false… Trump also falsely claims there is
“no system to vet” refugees. The process actually takes two more years,
after vetting that starts with the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees and then continues with checks by U.S. intelligence and
7. FALSE: Trump will make Mexico
pay for the wall.
Check: Trump: “And Mexico will pay for the wall. 100 percent.”
// Mexican President “would not pay” for the wall.
his meeting with Donald Trump today, Mexican President Enrique Peña
Nieto reiterated his insistence that Mexico would not pay for
construction of a border wall. Peña Nieto said he made that clear to
Trump during their meeting, although Trump told reporters that the
issue of payment was not discussed. — Scott Horsley”
For Immediate Release, September 23, 2016
America Sept. 20, 2016 fundraising email
For more than a year now, Donald Trump has used his platform on the
campaign trail to try to silence and bully anyone who looks or acts
differently than him.
So here’s what I’m promising you today: When I step onto the debate
stage a week from now, I’m going to use my voice, my
platform, and my microphone to speak out on behalf of the Americans
he’s trying to put down.
I’m going to stand up for the 11-year-old girl in Nevada, who’s worried
that her parents would be deported under a Trump presidency. For the
Muslim family in Queens whose young children are terrified of how their
family would be treated if Donald Trump becomes their
Commander-in-Chief. I’ll speak up for every American who needs someone
in their corner -- not someone backing them into one.
Eric, I’ve taken part in quite a few debates in my life. But Monday’s
is the most important. With so much on the line, I’m ready to give my
It’s going to be a historic night, and I’d love for you to be
there for it. Will you add your name before tonight’s final deadline
for a shot to sit in the audience as I challenge Trump? Time’s running
out, the contest ends at midnight:
I hope to see you there!
FROM: David Brock, Founder,
Correct The Record
TO: Members of the Press
DATE: September 26, 2016
Correct The Record’s Guide to Spotting Donald Trump’s Debate Lies
Trump is a serial
liar. Don’t let him get away with it.
Donald Trump Is A Serial Liar
Tonight, Donald Trump will take his campaign of lies to its biggest
stage yet: the presidential debate.
Reporters can't let him get away with it.
Over the past fifteen months, Trump has waged a one-man war on the
truth. For Trump, lying is not just about simply spouting inaccuracies.
It is literally who he is. His businesses, his biography, his policy
proposals, his campaign rhetoric—they are all based on lies. Trump’s
entire public persona for the past five decades is a carefully woven
This pattern of deception goes far beyond simply saying inaccurate
statements. It is an all-out assault on the fact-based politics that
have been the cornerstone of modern American politics. Trump’s lies are
literally off the charts. PolitiFact has rated 70 percent of Trump’s
statements that they fact checked lies. The previous Republican
nominee, Mitt Romney, received a 42 percent false rating—a 28 percent
difference. Last week alone, Trump told at least 83 lies.
This level of mendacity is unprecedented in American politics and poses
a unique challenge to political journalists covering the first
presidential debate. Already, the Republican nominee is spreading lies
in an attempt to influence and neutralize any fact checking by the
debate moderators. Trump has falsely attacked moderator Lester Holt as
a Democrat (Holt has been a registered Republican since 2003) and
insisted Holt should not “succumb to pressure” to fact-check during the
Even without this pressure from the Trump campaign, the volume, breadth
and ubiquity of Trump’s falsehoods demands a historic commitment to
fact checking from media outlets. Trump’s unprecedented lying must be
met with an unparalleled effort from reporters to debunk Trump’s many
falsehoods. The current standard—where fact checkers and reporters will
simply check the most obvious and egregious lies—leaves many of Trump’s
more bizarre lies unexamined. As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman
has written Trump’s “lies are constant, coming in steady torrent, and
are never acknowledged, simply repeated [...] keep[ing] the news media
flummoxed, unable to believe, or at least say openly, that the
candidate of a major party lies that much.”
It’s time to acknowledge that Trump does lie “that much”—and hold him
accountable for it.
How to Identify Trump’s Lies
There are five broad categories that help demonstrate how Trump lies
and what he commonly lies about. First, Trump constantly lies about his
own biography. Second, he deflects criticism by criticizing his
opponents of doing the same thing, only worse. Third, Trump has a
penchant for inventing imaginary characters and conversations that
validate his beliefs. Fourth, Trump uses easily identifiable rhetorical
“tells” whenever he lies. Finally, Trump insists on making outlandish
and bizarre claims without evidence or supporting information—he cannot
Trump is a master mythmaker. For decades, Trump has built a specific
image of himself as a 21st Century Daddy Warbucks who conquered
Manhattan real estate yet remains a champion of middle class Americans.
The truth? Trump depended on millions from his father to launch his
business and is likely worth billions of dollars less than he claims—a
subject he’s especially sensitive about. Trump has even lied about the
height of Trump Tower. We usually trust politicians to tell the broad
outlines of their own personal narrative—but in this case, reporters
should be on the lookout for Trump’s fictitious mythmaking.
You Are, But What Am I?
With little facts or specific proposals to rely on, projection is one
of Trump’s go-to rhetorical strategies. Trump has a tendency to respond
to every serious criticism with ‘I know you are, but what am I?’ After
Hillary Clinton delivered her speech on the alt-right, Trump accused
her of being a “bigot.” During the rollout of his widely-panned
maternity leave plan, Trump said that Hillary Clinton had no child care
plan—an outright falsehood. Projection is a clear sign that Trump is
both lying and desperately looking for a way to muddy the waters.
Decades ago, Trump invented his own spokesman “John Barron” and then
impersonated him for years. Old habits die hard. Throughout his
presidential bid, Trump has created a whole coterie of characters who
supposedly provide him with information, shower him with compliments
and give him updates about subjects as diverse as the California
drought and ISIS.
One of the most troubling examples of Trump’s wayward imagination
occurred earlier this year when Trump invented an ISIS advisor. On
January 21, Trump claimed that a “very good soldier” told him that
ISIS’ equipment was superior to the United States. On February 1, he
told the same story, but this time the story featured his friend’s son
who had served two tours. Other times, he notes that doesn’t know if
the soldier is injured—while in some stories, he’s still in the Middle
Trump also has a few very simple “tells” when he lies. Trump often
makes claims that are so outrageous and disingenuous that he’ll
literally ask his audience to suspend their disbelief or bear with him.
“Believe me,” “that I can tell you” and “everybody is saying” are all
tell-tale signs that what’s coming next—or what immediately preceded—is
a complete falsehood.
In Trump’s world, he is not only the smartest—he has a superhuman
ability to single-handedly make Mexico build the wall, defeat ISIS,
deport 11 million people, implement racial profiling and fix the
economy. Trump has taken credit for popularizing the word “rigged,”
identifying the California drought as a hoax and making polling a major
factor in presidential campaigns. Trump doesn’t offer any real
explanations of his past achievements or future plans, he just asks us
to “believe” him. Tonight, it’s critical to remember that despite his
bluster, Trump doesn’t have superhuman powers—and simply repeating the
same falsehoods will never make any of his claims true. By simply
asking “how?” Trump’s biggest boasts fall apart.
As The Washington Post’s
David Fahrenthold has shown in his dogged reporting on the Trump
Foundation, Trump’s most basic claims often fall apart under scrutiny.
Tonight, reporters must look at the stories Trump tells about himself
very skeptically. Since launching his presidential campaign (and
before) Trump has literally lied about his own biography, made up
campaign validators and said that as president, he can do the
impossible. Trump tells a dizzying number of lies and displays a
disturbing pattern of deceit and deception. Instead of letting Trump
get away with it, tonight journalists must counter Trump’s falsehoods
with the most powerful tool they have: the truth. American
September 21, 2016
Ever Want To Know How To Outfox Trump?
In advance of Monday's presidential debate, American Bridge today
launched a new resource, "How
are inconsequential to Donald Trump, and he has no problem shifting
positions and ducking not only the hard facts but also what he's said,
when he's challenged on his lies.
uses videos of Trump's efforts to dodge the truth, allowing
debate-watchers the opportunity to anticipate Trump's attempts to
weasel out of his past positions and statements, from mocking a
reporter with a disability and going bankrupt six times, to being a
racist birther and supporting the invasion of Iraq.
Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on the
"From his years of birtherism to his support for the Iraq War, Donald
Trump hasn't hesitated to distract, distort, and outright lie about his
well-documented record. Trump dances around the truth and ducks the
facts when challenged, but he isn't immune to accountability, so we're
here to cut through Trump's smoke and mirrors and let voters know where
he really stands -- whether he remembers or not -- on the issues."
Hillary for America Sept. 20, 2016 fundraising email