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1. Trump’s claim that Elizabeth Warren made a ‘quick killing’ in foreclosures
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had claimed that before the housing bubble burst in 2008, Trump had hoped to profit from a downturn in home prices because of a real estate boom. Trump responded by calling her a hypocrite, accusing her of making a “quick killing” in the real estate market by buying foreclosed housing. We took a deep dive, and found his claim was greatly exaggerated.
2. Trump campaign’s claim that State Department gave $55.2 million to Laureate Education after hiring Bill Clinton
In an email sent by his campaign and a speech attacking Clinton’s record as secretary of state, Trump accused her of treating the State Department as her “personal hedge fund.” The campaign alleged that Clinton’s State Department gave $55.2 million in grants to Laureate Education, after the company hired Bill Clinton for $16.5 million as honorary chancellor. But this talking point conflated two organizations that are independent of each other, and was inaccurate.
Trump blasted U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, presiding over two of three lawsuits against Trump University, saying Curiel was biased and gave “very unfair rulings.” Trump said the case “should have ended years ago on summary judgment,” but that Curiel was being “very unfair” by letting it continue. But Curiel made a straightforward legal judgment, and didn’t have much of a choice than to let the case go forward to a jury. Trump’s defense attorney even said Curiel was doing his job.
Trump surrogate Michael Cohen made a claim that was picked up by Diamond and Silk, a pro-Trump duo with a big Twitter following. We dug around to see if any facts supported it, but found all the makings of a mishmash talking point stringing together different information relating to Haiti recovery efforts — such as a message from the last player in a game of “Telephone.”
Readers have asked for fact checks of some of the gun rhetoric used by Democrats in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando. In one case, we have already delved into this material, but other claims are new. So, let’s take a look, starting with Murphy’s statement.
We awarded two separate Three-Pinocchio ratings to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Two Pinocchios to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
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