All through a wide-ranging, largely off the cuff speech in the course of his “social media summit” Thursday, President Donald Trump created misleading and downright false claims about social media organizations, the census, the economy, group measurements and Democrats’ previous positions on a border wall.
Social media followers
Trump spoke at size about what he falsely advised was a deliberate try by social media corporations to reduce him from gaining followers, alleging that “a lot of lousy matters are happening.”
Trump explained it utilised to consider him a mere “short number of days” to gain 100,000 new followers, but it now will take “10 instances as long” even although, he claimed, his own model is “much hotter” than it was when he was attaining followers additional immediately.
“People arrive up to me: ‘Sir, we want to abide by you they really do not permit us on,’” Trump said. He included later: “I have hundreds of thousands of people, so many folks I wouldn’t believe it, but I know that we have been blocked. Persons come up to me and they say, ‘Sir, I just can’t get you. I can’t follow you.’”
Information Very first: There is no evidence that Twitter or other social media firms have made it challenging for individuals to adhere to Trump.
We obviously just cannot verify what specific people today could possibly have informed Trump in non-public about subsequent him on social media, but pursuing him is not sophisticated: undertaking so is simply a matter of signing up for an account, browsing his identify and clicking a one button.
If Trump is not gaining followers as speedily as he applied to, which is simply because much less men and women are now striving to adhere to him. (At the time of his speech, he had 61.9 million followers on Twitter. He experienced less than 13 million a 7 days in advance of his election and fewer than 23 million at the time of his inauguration, in accordance to Factba.se, which tracks Trump-relevant facts. )
Twitter did just take followers absent from Trump very last 12 months, but that was section of a wide purge of suspected bogus accounts. The purge also eliminated followers from the accounts of numerous other renowned people. Trump shed close to 300,000 followers, considerably much less than Barack Obama (much more than 2 million) and the Dalai Lama (about 375,000), in accordance to a New York Times count.
When Trump began accusing Twitter very last 12 months of malicious behavior over the purge, Twitter issued a statement saying “many well known accounts have viewed follower counts drop.” It described that it experienced taken off “fake accounts and all those engaging in malicious behavior” to boost the wellness of the service.
Trump touted the minimal unemployment rate for females, saying: “Women, I think, Kellyanne (Conway), the best in 75 decades — the finest unemployment figures in 75 years.”
Specifics Initial: Trump exaggerated a bit. The women’s unemployment price for June is 3.6%, a tick higher than the 3.4% in April and 3.5% in May perhaps. People are outstanding quantities, but it has been 66 yrs given that the women’s fee has been this very low, not 75. Prior to Trump’s presidency, the very last time the fee fell to 3.6% was October 1953.
Even though arguing that he should be permitted to consist of a citizenship dilemma in the 2020 US census, Trump explained that the census study can question folks about the variety of beds and toilets they have but not about regardless of whether they are citizens.
“They go as a result of houses, they go up, they ring doorbells, they speak to folks. How a lot of bogs do they have? How many desks do they have? How quite a few beds? What is their roof made of?” Trump mentioned. “The only matter we simply cannot question is ‘Are you a citizen of the United States?’”
Points First: Trump is wrongly suggesting that the decennial census asks households about the amount of bogs in a property. He could be referring to supplemental surveys from the Census Bureau, which do inquire questions about dwelling situations of a modest sample of households. If that’s the circumstance, then he’s continue to completely wrong, given that these surveys do ask thoughts of citizenship.
The decennial census — which counts the US inhabitants every 10 a long time and is needed by the Constitution — was final administered in 2010. That census did not include thoughts on plumbing, bedrooms, and desks. Rather, the decennial census focuses on questions like age and race and quantity of occupants in a home.
Trump could be referring to other surveys despatched out from the Census Bureau this sort of as the American Community Survey, which is despatched to just a fraction of homes, about 3.54 million addresses just about every 12 months.
A single of the main capabilities of the ACS, in accordance to the Census Bureau, is to get “data that assist decide how extra than $675 billion in federal and point out cash are distributed each individual 12 months.” The 2019 version of this survey consists of questions on the training degrees and employment standing of these residing on the home, as effectively as the property’s computer system access, variety of rooms, if there is entry to warm and cold water and a great deal much more.
But the ACS also incorporates queries on citizenship. “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” this year’s version asks. So, Trump is improper to suggest that whilst you can request these extra particular thoughts on dwelling circumstances you are unable to question a citizenship standing question.
On the specifics, Trump’s argument lacks facts, and on his larger sized stage he’s flatly incorrect: the decennial census did not talk to about variety of bathrooms, bedrooms, and so on.
Trump touted a new file established by the Dow Jones Industrial Typical, then designed a claim about how a great deal 401(k) retirement options have improved.
“I do not know if you know but we just strike 27,000 on the Dow. …The best in historical past, for these of you that like the inventory market, but the inventory current market means jobs. I watch it as work, and I see it as 401(k)s. … And people today with 401(k)s, they are up 72% and 67%, and the wife or the partner, whoever’s responsible, the other a single says ‘you’re a genius, you are a terrific economic trader, darling you’re up 77% this yr.’”
Details 1st: These percentages overstate gains in US inventory marketplaces.
It is attainable that some persons have 401(k)s that are up 77% on the 12 months or since Trump was elected, but inventory marketplaces by themselves are not up that significantly. At the near of investing on the day Trump spoke, the Dow Jones Industrial Normal was up by 16%, the S&P 500 Index by 20%, the Nasdaq by 24%.
The gains are higher if you go back again to Trump’s election working day, as the President often does: 48% for the Dow, 40% for the S&P, 58% for the Nasdaq. Continue to, none of them strategies 77%.
By Daniel Dale and Holmes Lybrand, CNN