Monday, November 23, 2015

6 Untrue Things That Donald Trump Has Said

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Donald Trump has a history of making claims that are false: exaggerations, conspiracy theories, and more.

Donald Trump has a history of making claims that are false: exaggerations, conspiracy theories, and more.

Here are just a few:

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On Sunday, he repeated the claim: Trump told viewers on This Week that people in New Jersey, a state that he claimed had a large Arab population, were "cheering as the World Trade Center went down."

Officials from the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations told BuzzFeed News the claim is untrue. And although this rumor has circulated on anti-Islam blogs, no footage exists of this happening in the United States. (There is video of Palestinians celebrating the attack in East Jerusalem.)

According to the New York Times, local police dismissed rumors of a celebration in Paterson, New Jersey, at the time.

"I'm self-funding my campaign. I'm putting up my own money," Trump said in this month's debate, a claim also offered by his campaign manager recently.

"Mr. Trump is funding his campaign on his own; he's not taking donor money," Trump's campaign manger said in a radio interview with Breitbart News.

This isn't true, as BuzzFeed News has pointed out in the past.

In October, the New York Times reported that most of the money that Trump "raised and spent this summer" came from donors:

"Mr. Trump revealed in a filing Thursday to the Federal Election Commission that the vast majority of the money he raised and spent this summer as he rose to the top of national polls came not from his own coffers, as it had in the spring, but from about $3.7 million in what he called 'unsolicited contributions.' Some 74,000 donors pitched in an average of about $50 to help his campaign, he reported."

"Mr. Trump himself contributed only about $100,000 in in-kind contributions, including rent space that he donated and payroll expenses that he covered. That represented a huge drop from the spring, when Mr. Trump donated about $1.9 million to his campaign, financing the bulk of it himself."

Additionally, Trump is accepting donations on his campaign's website, as of Nov. 22, 2015.

In June 2008, Obama released a copy of his short-form birth certificate to the public, an issue that was brought up on the campaign trail.

"I have some real doubts," Trump told Today in 2011 about whether Obama was born in the United States.

"His grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya, and she was there and witnessed the birth. He doesn't have a birth certificate or he hasn't shown it," Trump said. "He has what's called a certificate of live birth. That is something that's easy to get. When you want a birth certificate, it's hard to get."

On April 27, 2011, the White House announced the release of Obama's long-form birth certificate.

In a YouTube video posted by Trump in 2012, Trump credited himself with the release of Obama's long-form birth certificate.

"President Obama is the least transparent president in the history of this country. There's never been anything like it. We know very little about our president," Trump said.

"I'm very honored to have gotten him to release his long-form birth certificate. Or whatever it may be. Now, many, many people have questions and very serious questions."

In 2015, Trump indicated that he was still not convinced if Obama was born in the United States. Trump told CNN, "I really don't know," when asked if he believed that Obama was born in the U.S., adding that he "didn't want to get into it."


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