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16 Oct, 5 tweets, 2 min read
Biden made some false or misleading claims tonight, though far fewer than Trump. An early list:

He said Trump didn't do "anything" when the initial $600 per week unemployment boost expired. In August, Trump used $44 billion in FEMA money to send $300 per week to the jobless.
When Stephanopoulos said Biden's website calls the Green New Deal a "crucial framework," Biden said, "My deal is a crucial framework, but not the New Green Deal." Biden's website does call the GND a crucial framework, though he has his own plan. joebiden.com/climate-plan/#
Biden falsely said there are now more troops in Afghanistan than there were when Biden left office. Trump did do an early-term troop surge, but he's since done a reduction; O'Brien says the current number is now under 5,000, thousands lower than in late 2016.
Biden also said he's tested for the coronavirus daily. If his campaign is releasing all of his results, it isn't daily, though it is frequently. (We obviously aren't privy to what's going on behind the scenes.)
PolitiFact notes that Biden also falsely said that "they eliminated the funding for community policing." Trump has had budget proposals to significantly cut the funding, but not to eliminate it, and the proposals weren't endorsed by Congress. politifact.com/factchecks/202…

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8 Oct
This manufacturing jobs section is a mess on both sides.

1) Harris said the US lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs because of the China trade war. But the US gained manufacturing jobs under Trump, 483,000, before the pandemic; it's now a loss of 164,000, but pandemic-related.
2) Pence then said Obama lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs. That's highly misleading. The losses occurred during the recession he inherited; starting in March 2010, 14 months into his tenure, the number of manufacturing jobs rose pretty steadily. fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MANEMP
3) Pence, like Trump, wrongly suggested Obama said manufacturing jobs were dead or couldn't be created. Obama said some were gone forever, but he also boasted about how many were being created during his presidency.
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17 Sep
Trump is reading a speech at the National Archives Museum criticizing the left's approach to the study of history, complaining of the New York Times' 1619 Project, critical race theory, and "propaganda tracts like those of Howard Zinn."
Trump says it is "a form of child abuse, in the truest sense of those words," to teach children critical race theory.
Trump announces he will be signing an executive order to establish a "national commission to promote patriotic education." He says "it will be called the 1776 Commission," a nod to criticism of the 1619 Project.
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11 Sep
Oh man. Trump: "As the British government advised the British people in the face of World War II, keep calm and carry on. That's what I did."

Churchill was famously blunt with the British people about how bad things could get.
Trump: "When Hitler was bombing London, Churchill, great leader, would oftentimes go to a roof in London and speak. And he always spoke with calmness. He said, 'We have to show calmness.'"

I am currently reading the Larson book and I can tell you this is very bad Trump History.
Churchill would sometimes go up on roofs and other high perches to watch the Blitz bombings. He did not broadcast from the roofs, clearly - he'd sneak up there in the dark.
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29 Aug
Last night in New Hampshire, Trump repeated a bunch of the false claims from his RNC speech. He also added some more. Quick thread, with the help of colleagues @HolmesLybrand and @tarasubramaniam:
Trump said, "By the way, you know, Mexico is paying for the wall, just in case you didn't know that." (Mexico is not paying for the wall. Americans are paying for the wall.)
Trump said that, under Biden's plan, "you're gonna lose your private health care." He added, "We're gonna lose 185 million people who have private health insurance." (Biden is not proposing to scrap private insurance. He defeated candidates running on Medicare-for-All.)
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23 Jul
Trump says it's "not the right time" to have a big convention in Jacksonville. He says he needs to protect the American people, even though they said "sir," we can make this work easily.
Trump: "I told my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention." !
Trump: We're going to do other things, like "tele-rallies" and other stuff, "and I'll still do a convention speech in a different form, but we won't do a big, crowded convention, per se. It's just not the right time for that."
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22 Jul
Trump, on Chicago: "No mother should ever have to cradle her dead child in her arms simply because politicians refused to do what is necessary to secure their neighborhood and to secure their city."
Trump announces a "surge" in federal law enforcement to Chicago. He says FDA, ATF, DEA, US Marshals, DHS are sending "hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers."
Trump: Don't forget that the job of policing neighborhoods falls on "local elected leadership." Don't forget that, he says. (He has been denouncing "Democrat-run" cities; very mildly more subtle today.)
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