All 47 of our fact checks that looked at applicants or campaign ads in 2018 are now in one place – right here.
Yes, it is a miracle that we still have time to consider politicians who are not called Donald Trump, he about the 6,420 false or misleading allegations. But not only the president flooded the air with misinformation. The campaign of the 2018 campaign includes a series of trump-like television ads, nativist rhetoric and bizarre statistics from candidates, super PACs and other groups.
Of the 47 fact tests, 21 received four Pinocchios. Twelve got three Pinocchios and seven got two Pinocchios. We made two fact checks with one pinocchio and five without scoring.
There are fake ads linking Democrats with no evidence to terrorism, a falsely accused Republican leader to end Medicare and social security, and an ad in New Jersey linking a seated senator to underage prostitutes without evidence. Some Republican candidates even lie to voters about how many Pinocchios we have given to their opponents. (Is nothing holy anymore?)
For those who want the facts before Election Day, we've summarized and linked all 47 fact checks, starting with the Four Pinocchio claims.
- At least seven Republicans in House races deceive voters about our work and place ads that falsely claim to have given Four Pinocchios a statement by a Democrat about coverage guarantees for pre-existing conditions in the Affordable Care Act. Worse, these GOP campaigns refused to take it back when we alerted them. The culprits are the reps. Dave Brat (Va.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Jeff Denham (California), John Faso (NY), Mike Kelly (Pa), Erik Paulsen (Min.), And Peter J. Roskam (Sick).
- Brat has used another of our fact checks to defend himself against existing conditions during a debate.
- Our wooden mascot was also abused by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super-PAC, who attacked a Democratic candidate for the House in California by twisting our words to health care.
- A bunch of Republicans and the Congressional Leadership Fund falsely stated that some Democrats supported Senic Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-all-Plan.
- The Congressional Leadership Fund could be this year's MVP in relation to Pinocchios. Here are six attacks against Democrats, each of which is laden with false or misleading allegations or scares about Muslims and African Americans.
- Incidentally, Brat got another Four Pinocchios for the promise of "honest truth" in a TV ad filled with delusions in health care.
- Under indictment, MP Duncan D. Hunter Jr. (R-Calif.) Has recently produced one of the most anti-Muslim ads and linked his Palestinian-Mexican opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, with terrorists, even though he is a Christian was released by the FBI to work in the Obama administration.
- No, McConnell does not transport cocaine on the high seas. But "Cocaine Mitch" is still an inspired nickname.
- Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) Cited classified information that he said had access to Florida County voter registration databases, and that voters could remove the rolls this year. He provided no evidence and was flatly disputed by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and every election observer from the county and state authorities in Florida.
- Do the Democrats have a "plan" to cut Medicare spending by $ 800 billion? Nope, but the Congressional Leadership Fund could end up with 800 Pinocchios at the bottom of that list.
- MEP Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) Asked on the radio why nobody reported that Trump's tax cuts paid off within six months. Maybe because she was completely wrong and confused the economic total profit with tax levies.
- Representative Kevin Cramer (R), who ran for the Senate in North Dakota, set up a fact-checking website in which he made the false claim that the Congress's estimates would not affect Trump's expected economic growth.
- Keith Ellison, vice president of the DNC, who runs for the Attorney General of Minnesota, has repeatedly denied any association with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, for anti-Semitic statements. There are gaps in Ellison's story and several documented links to Farrakhan.
- Some Democrats are attacking Republicans in the health sector by making estimates of people with pre-existing conditions in the marketplace and applying them across the insurance industry. We gave these allegations to two or four Pinocchios, depending on how these Democrats organized their attacks.
- Did Hillary Clinton team up with the Russians to get Trump on Trump and bring them to the FBI? Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) Seems to believe that, but no. The answer is no.
- Sanders said 40 percent of the guns are sold without background verification. It's a zombie assertion based on a small survey more than 20 years old. On closer examination, it can be seen that actually 14 to 22 percent of the guns were sold in this way. (Recent research shows it's closer to 13 percent.)
- In the race for Speaker Paul D. Ryan's congressional meeting (R-Wis.) Democrat Randy Bryce wrongly demanded his GOP opponent Bryan Steil for lying in the production area. Steeil was a lawyer for manufacturing companies. This works in production.
- Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) Claimed a New York hedge fund closed a factory in Wisconsin and cost 450 jobs. However, the hedge fund was a minority investor without a board of directors.
- The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity group launched an advertisement stating that the British Tennessee Senate Democrat Phil Bredesen is the governor of higher gasoline and sales taxes. This is misleading because Bredesen did not charge any tax at the end. (In fact, the sales tax has fallen under his supervision.)
- Bredesen claimed that Tennessee's meth problem was halved during his tenure. However, the incidence of meth-lab incidents and seizures was largely unchanged.
- Hunter, who claimed that his Christian opponent was tied to terrorists, also pointed out that Democrats in the Ministry of Justice were behind his indictment. (A Trump administration official approved the charges.)
- The National Republican Senatorial Committee filed a complaint claiming that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) And her husband were rich in state housing subsidies. Not so.
- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has a pretty solid record in same-sex marriage, so it's confusing to see him exaggerating the details, claiming his poll numbers are a hit.
- The Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) Mistakenly claimed that the sex trafficking and advertising business had declined by 90 percent since a law called FOSTA-SESTA was passed.
- Cramer said the House GOP plan to lift and replace Obamacare would have prevented "price discrimination" against people with pre-existing conditions. However, the GOP plan would have opened the door for less protection for existing conditions.
- The Democrats chose to claim that Medicare-for-all would save $ 2 trillion, but the researcher who made this estimate says his study was twisted.
- Obama fought for Democrats and claimed that Trump's efforts to reduce the Affordable Care Act had "cost" 3 million people. He picked out one study, and other studies showed little change in the number of insured.
- The House's majority representative, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Claimed the employment rate had "risen" under Trump, but he jumped with these comments.
- DNC chairman Tom Perez claimed his group broke records in January. It not
- Andy Kim, the Democrat who challenged Representative Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), claimed he worked for Republican George W. Bush. That's a huge stretch. Kim worked for five months in an entry-level post at the US Agency for International Development at Bush.
- Is the Trump tax cut good or bad for the middle class? McCaskill said it was "bad in the long run". In the short term, however, the bill brings savings for the middle class.
- Similarly, Pelosi claimed that 86 million middle-class Americans will increase taxes under the Trump Tax Law. But she also talked about the long-term (10 years) and skipped the more immediate savings.
- Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said a study found that corn, soybean and wheat farmers lost $ 13 billion through Trump's trade war. It should be more cautious because there was no study, just a quote from an expert who referred to daily changing futures prices.
- Is health care the top topic for voters? Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) Said "the polls are clear," but they were actually pretty bleak when he said so.
- Do the Republicans want to ban abortion after 20 weeks without exception? Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) Made this claim on Twitter, but the law in question has an exception for life-threatening pregnancies.
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