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Campaign Press Release - Correct The Record: Joe Biden In Pennsylvania?

November 01, 2020

Biden spent the day spreading misinformation and lies in Philadelphia

BIDEN: "I know Philadelphia well. I married a Philly girl by the way and by the way got my Eagle's jacket on."

FACT: Biden's jacket featured a University of Delaware Blue Hens logo, not the trademark midnight green, silver, and black of the Philadelphia Eagles.

BIDEN: "Under my plan, this is the God's truth, if you make less than $400,000 bucks a year you're not going to pay a penny more in taxes, not one penny, I promise you."

FACT: Biden's $4 trillion tax hike will raise taxes on 82 percent of Americans, including those making under $400,000, but even this historically large tax hike fails to cover the costs of his far-left policies.

BIDEN: "[President Trump] paid $750 in federal income tax."

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

BIDEN: "Trump and his Republican friends just jammed through a Supreme Court nominee – you know why? They've been trying since the day we passed the act – they've been trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act."

FACT: This is false; Judge Barrett has not expressed a view about the constitutionality of Obamacare or about the current case pending before the Supreme Court.

  • Judge Amy Coney Barrett has not ruled on Obamacare, taking a firm position that a Judge's role is to interpret the law, not to legislate from the bench.

BIDEN: "And by the way, it's been confirmed, by all places, Wall Street, Moody's on Wall Street, said Biden's plan will create 18.6 million jobs, good paying jobs."

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

BIDEN: "Folks, we can keep the private insurance if you choose to or choose the Medicare-like option."

FACT:Biden's public option will end up destroying private health insurance, crowding out these plans with a subsidized government-run health plan.

BIDEN: "The actuary for Social Security, full-time Social Security Administration says if Donald Trump plan [sic], were he to be re-elected, gets put in place, it would bankrupt Social Security by 2023."

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: "This is a president who won't even stand up to Vladimir Putin for putting bounties on the head of American soldiers serving in Afghanistan."

FACT: This is false. Top military and intelligence officials have strongly emphasized that the reporting of bounties is unproven, and the Trump Administration has taken strong action against Russia.

  • In July, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said "all the defense intel agencies have been unable to corroborate that report."
  • In September, General Frank McKenzie Commander of U.S Central Command said that when it comes to evidence about bounties being placed on the heads of American service members "I just haven't seen it."
  • Regardless, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia that there would be "an enormous price to pay" if any such bounties existed.
  • President Trump and his administration have been tougher on Russia than any past administration, a fact confirmed by Obama-Biden Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
  • President Trump has repeatedly pushed back against Russian attempts to threaten American institutions, including imposing sanctions on hundreds of individuals and entities suspected of attempted election interference.
  • To hold Russia accountable for their repeated violations, President Trump withdrew the United States from both the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and Open Skies Treaty.
  • The Trump Administration imposed harsh penalties in response to Russia's evasion of sanctions against North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Venezuela.
  • President Trump placed strong sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, warning Germany and other nations about the dangers of relying on Russian energy.

BIDEN: "But I think there's nothing worse than he's said or done than the way he's spoken about those of you who have served in uniform. Guess what, man, he talks about you being losers and suckers."

FACT:At least 14 officials who were on the 2018 trip to France with President Trump have gone on the record to refute the anonymous sources and allegations in The Atlantic article:

Donald J. Trump, Campaign Press Release - Correct The Record: Joe Biden In Pennsylvania? Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/346925

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