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Campaign Press Release - Correct The Record: Fact Checking Biden's Day In Iowa, Wisconsin, And Minnesota

October 30, 2020

Biden continued to lie, mislead, exaggerate, and make things up instead of being honest with voters

IN IOWA

BIDEN: "82,000 jobs Iowa lost in this pandemic and still they have not come back."

FACT: Iowa has added back a record 104,000 jobs back in the last five months and did so at a faster pace than under the "recovery" Joe Biden led.

  • Since April, Iowa added back 104,000 jobs – the strongest five month stretch of Iowa job growth on record.
  • This means more than half of the Iowa jobs lost due to the pandemic – 56% - have been added back already.
  • Meanwhile it took 25 months – two years – to add back the same percentage of jobs during the Biden-led "recovery" after the Great Recession.
  • Iowa lost 64,200 jobs during the Great Recession, and did not add back 56% of them until February of 2012.

BIDEN: "The [Social Security Administration's] actuary says if the change occurs as he [Trump] is promoting, it will bankrupt Social Security by 2023. Go home and tell your parents, your grandparents that. That's a fact!"

FACT: This attack from Biden is false and has previously been debunked by fact checkers. The President's payroll tax deferral will not harm Social Security.

  • The Washington Post's Fact Checker gave Biden's attack "Four Pinocchios," saying Biden and other "Democrats ginned up a letter from [Social Security's] chief actuary to describe a plan that does not currently exist."
  • FactCheck.org and USA Todayhave debunked this and similar claims from Biden's campaign and his allies.
  • President Trump wants to make the payroll tax deferral permanent next year, making this deferral a cut "without in any way, shape, or form hurting Social Security."
  • The President has said he would use the Treasury Department's general fund to reimburse Social Security's trust fund, ensuring zero impact on our nation's seniors.
  • Biden's attack is not only false, it is hypocritical.
  • In 2011, Biden wrote an op-ed touting a bill Obama signed to cut the payroll tax, specifically saying it was "misinformation" to suggest a payroll tax cut hurt Social Security's solvency.
  • President Trump has promised to always protect Social Security, unlike Biden who bragged in the 1990s about his efforts to "freeze" benefits.

BIDEN: "Folks, but there is nothing worse, in my view, then the way he [Trump] has spoken about those who served in uniform. He called them 'losers and suckers.'"

FACT:This attack is false; at least 14 officials who were on the trip to France with President Trump have gone on the record to refute the anonymous sources and allegations in The Atlantic article:

BIDEN: "Why should you pay more in taxes than Donald Trump, who paid $750?"

FACT: This is false; President Trump has personally paid millions of dollars in taxes in 2016 and 2017.

BIDEN: "I guarantee, I give you my word as a Biden, no one making less than $400,000 a year will see a penny raised in taxes."

FACT: Biden's $4 trillion tax hike will raise taxes on 82 percent of Americans, including those making under $400,000.

BIDEN: "Trumpgot a Supreme Court Justice, for overwhelming reason. By the way, never before has there been a hearing on a Supreme Court Justice once an election began. It's never occurred."

FACT: History is on the side of filling the Supreme Court vacancy now, and Joe Biden previously said the President had an obligation to name a nominee, even in an election year.

  • There have been 29 prior Supreme Court vacancies in American history during a Presidential election year, and in all cases, the President nominated a Justice.
  • 17 out of 19 times the Senate has confirmed the President's Supreme Court nominee in an election year when the President's party controls the Senate as it does today.
  • In 2016, Biden said that he supported confirming a Supreme Court Justice in an election year "even a few months before a presidential election."
  • Biden in 2016: "In my view, [Senators] are required to give the nominee a hearing and a vote."

BIDEN: "I'll do what [Trump's] been unable to do. I'll mobilize a true international effort to stop China's abuses. So, we could strengthen manufacturing and farming across the country. I'm going to hold China accountable, which he hasn't from the pandemic on."

FACT: Biden has a history of being soft on China.

BIDEN: "[Trump] waved the white flag and surrendered to this virus."

FACT:President Trump took action to combat the coronavirus beginning in January, and his Administration has led an unprecedented response to protect American lives.

  • According to Dr. Fauci, the Trump Administration "acted very, very early" to combat the spread of the virus and did not delay putting in place mitigation strategies.
  • President Trump restricted travel from China on January 31, a decision that saved American lives.
  • On February 11, top Biden coronavirus advisor Ron Klain admitted the Trump Administration was "far from doing nothing."
  • Even Democratic Governors such as Andrew Cuomo (NY) praised the Trump Administration's response: "What the federal government did, working with states, was a phenomenal accomplishment."
  • President Trump completely overhauled the old and outdated testing system and replaced it with an innovative new testing strategy to meet the country's needs.
  • President Trump used the Defense Production Act dozens of times to expand coronavirus testing technologies and capacity.
  • President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed to guarantee that the American people are first in line for a safe, effective coronavirus vaccine—at no cost—as soon as one is developed.

BIDEN: "On his watch, ethanol margins have tanked and Iowa's manufacturing facilities are idle and even closing."

FACT: While the Obama-Biden administration hurt the ethanol industry, President Trump has upheld his commitment to Iowa's ethanol producers.

  • Biden orchestrated a cut in the Renewable Fuel Standard when he was Vice President, harming Iowa's ethanol producers.
  • President Trump made E15 ethanol available year-round, boosting Iowa's economy and advancing energy independence.

BIDEN: "… you can keep your private insurance if you like it or choose Medicare-like public option."

FACT:Biden's public option will end up destroying the private health insurance that 180 million Americans rely on, crowding out these plans with a subsidized government-run plan.

IN MINNESOTA

BIDEN: "Donald Trump fails to condemn white supremacy"

FACT: This is an egregious lie and demonstrably false; President Trump has repeatedly and clearly condemned white supremacy dozens of times.

  • President Trump has repeatedly and specifically denounced white supremacists and racist hate groups.
  • March 2016: Asked if he would denounce white supremacists, then-Candidate Trump said "of course."
  • August 2017: "Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
  • August 2017: "The neo-Nazis and the white nationalists … they should be condemned totally."
  • August 2019: "In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America."

IN WISCONSIN

BIDEN: "…the Trump tax loopholes that incentivized companies that shipped jobs overseas…"

FACT: Fact checkers have previously debunked Biden's claim, saying President Trump's tax cuts are "believed to have broadly reduced incentives to invest overseas."

  • One recent study found the Trump tax cuts were "largely effective" at making it less attractive for U.S. companies to invest offshore.

  • Since the tax cuts took effect, U.S. companies have brought back more than $1 trillion back they were holding overseas.

  • President Trump's second term agenda includes prohibiting businesses from replacing U.S. workers with low-wage foreign workers, creating "Made in America" tax credits, and cutting taxes to keep jobs in the U.S.

BIDEN: "Right now, by the way, the deficit with China is higher than it was in our administration."

FACT: This is false; the trade deficit with China in 2019 was down from 2016, the last year of the Obama-Biden Administration.

BIDEN: "When I talk about my economic plan, it's not some liberal think tank who talks about how good it is. Moody's, a Wall Street, major firm pointed out, after looking at my plan for an economy and his, that we will create 18.6 million jobs under the Biden plan."

FACT: The outfit Biden cited – Moody's – has a history of drastically underestimating the positive effects of President Trump's economic policies.

Donald J. Trump, Campaign Press Release - Correct The Record: Fact Checking Biden's Day In Iowa, Wisconsin, And Minnesota Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/346938

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