Questionable statements
Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton

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“Bill Clinton was abusive to women.”
Some women have publicly accused the former president of unwanted sexual encounters. But Clinton has denied them and he has not been convicted of any crimes.
“Hillary Clinton attacked those same women. And attacked them viciously.”
In a 1998 "Today" interview that foes have held up as evidence of similar claims, Clinton said: "I mean, look at the very people who are involved in this. They have popped up in other settings," and she famously blamed a "vast right-wing conspiracy." But that line came before Bill Clinton admitted to his affair with Monica Lewinsky to his wife, according to Hillary Clinton’s account. According to a book, Hillary took part in an attempt (before Bill Clinton was elected president) to obtain signed statements from women denying they had affairs with him.
“Well, you owe the president an apology, because as you know very well, your campaign, Sidney Blumenthal — he’s another real winner that you have — and he’s the one that got this started, along with your campaign manager.”
To support the debunked notion that Clinton’s campaign originated “birther” rumors, Trump referenced longtime Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal. James Asher, former D.C. bureau chief of McClatchy, has said that Blumenthal “strongly urged” him to “investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya.” Blumenthal said in a statement to The Fact Checker: “This is false. Period. Donald Trump cannot distract from the fact that he is the one who embraced and promoted the birther lie, and bears the responsibility for it.”
“I have said nobody who makes less than $250,000 a year — and that’s the vast majority of Americans as you know — will have their taxes raised.”
Independent analysts who have studied Clinton’s proposals do predict that her agenda would increase taxes on many ordinary Americans. Typical American households — those that are richer than about 40 percent of the country and also poorer than about 40 percent of the country — would pay about $44 more in taxes per year under Clinton’s policies, according to the Tax Policy Center.
“In San Bernardino, many people saw the bombs all over the apartment of the two people that killed 14 and wounded many, many people.”
There is no clear evidence of this.
“Unlike her, who voted for the war without knowing what she was doing, I would not have had our people in Iraq. Iraq was disaster.”
Trump has repeatedly said he opposed the Iraq war. But Trump was asked in a 2002 interview with Howard Stern if he supported invading Iraq. He responded: “Yeah, I guess so. You know, I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
“The Muslim ban is something that in some form has morphed into a extreme vetting from certain areas of the world.”
While Trump no longer touts last year’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the country over concerns about terrorism, it is still on his campaign web site.
“ICE just endorsed me. They’ve never endorsed a presidential candidate.”
Trump said this falsehood at the first debate. He was endorsed by a union that represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, not the government agency.
“I ... negotiated a treaty with Russia to lower nuclear weapons.”
Clinton overstated the impact of the 2011 New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) agreement, which she helped negotiate as secretary of state. New START placed tighter limits on deployed strategic weapons but Russia was actually already meeting the treaty’s limits, for the most part, when the treaty’s implementation began.
“Gaddafi’s out. It’s a mess. And, by the way, ISIS has a good chunk of their oil.”
There is no credible evidence that the Islamic State terrorist group controls any oil fields in Libya.
“No, there wasn’t “Check out a sex tape.” It was just take a look at the person that she built up to be this wonderful Girl Scout who was no Girl Scout.”
Trump denied that he encouraged people to look at a sex tape featuring former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. But on Sept. 30, Trump tweeted: "Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?" Trump’s allegation of the existence of a sex tape was also not backed up by any evidence.
Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton

This somber second debate included statements such as Trump saying his opponent “would be in jail” if he were president, and Clinton accusing the Republican nominee of living “in an alternative reality.”

“I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is. Because we’ve seen this throughout the campaign. We have seen him insult women. We’ve seen him rate women on their appearance, ranking them from one to 10. We’ve seen him embarrass women on TV and on Twitter. We saw him after the first debate spend nearly a week denigrating a former Miss Universe in the harshest, most personal terms.”
Clinton was responding to a question about the 2005 video released Friday in which Trump makes lewd comments about his behavior toward women.
“It’s just words, folks. It’s just words. Those words, I’ve been hearing them for many years.”
Trump, seeking to undercut Clinton’s explanation of the values that are important to her.
“He never apologizes for anything to anyone.”
This came up in the context of the 2005 video.
“He owes the president an apology, he owes our country an apology, and he needs to take responsibility for his actions and his words.”
Clinton was referring to Trump pressing a discredited accusation that President Obama was not born in the United States.
“I was so surprised to see him sign on with the devil.”
Trump, attacking Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for supporting Clinton, his former rival.
“Because you’d be in jail.”
Trump was responding to Clinton saying it is a good thing he is not in charge of the law.
“Donald. I know you’re into big diversion tonight, anything to avoid talking about your campaign and the way it’s exploding and the way Republicans are leaving you. But let’s at least focus.”
Clinton’s comment came during a discussion about her use of private email server as secretary of state.
“Everything’s broken about it. Everything.”
Trump, attacking the federal health-care law commonly referred to as Obamacare.
“It’s also very short-sided and even dangerous to be engaging in the kind of demagogic rhetoric that Donald has about Muslims.”
Clinton was criticizing a temporary ban on Muslims that Trump proposed early in the campaign.
“This is the 10th or 12th time that he’s denied being for the war in Iraq. We have it on tape. The entire press corps has looked at it. It’s been debunked, but it never stops him from saying whatever he wants to say.”
Clinton was criticizing Trump for a debunked assertion that he opposed the war with Iraq from the outset.
“We have never in the history of our country been in a situation where an adversary, a foreign power, is working so hard to influence the outcome of the election. And believe me, they’re not doing it to get me elected.”
Clinton’s comments came in the context of hacked emails.
“Honest Abe never lied. That’s the good thing. That’s the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you. That’s a big, big difference.”
Clinton brought up the 16th president in a response about her paid speeches. Trump picked up the theme to cast doubts about Clinton’s honesty.
“She never changed. And she never will change. She never will change.”
Trump, arguing that Clinton has failed the public in her decades in the public eye and won’t do any differently as president.
“Everything you’ve just heard from Donald is not true. … He lives in an alternative reality.”
Clinton was responding to Trump’s contention that she favors a “massive“ tax increase.
“Donald always takes care of Donald and people like Donald.”
Clinton was characterizing the effort of Trump’s tax plans, which she says would enrich him personally.
“You know Donald says he knows more about ISIS than the generals. No, he doesn’t.”
Clinton’s comment came during a discussion of Syria.
“You know what’s funny? She went over a minute over, and you don’t stop her. When I go one second over, it’s like a big deal.”
Trump, claiming the moderators were being unfair to him.
“She has tremendous hate in her heart.”
Trump attacking Clinton toward the end of the debate.
“She has been a disaster as a senator. A disaster.”
Trump, criticizing Clinton after she touted the support she received from voters as a U.S. senator.

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