True to form, Trump’s first address as president rife with misinformation

(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Editor’s note: And so it begins.

“If the Republican Party’s reflexive disdain for eggheads and elites found its purest expression in the nomination of a former reality-TV star for president, Donald Trump’s inauguration address Friday was its crowning achievement,” writes Vanity Fair. “A dark, raw, populist dirge, Trump’s speech was the ultimate middle finger to Washington’s elite, a full-frontal attack on Republicans and Democrats alike for transforming America into a broken-down, post-industrial wasteland where ‘rusted-out factories’ are ‘scattered like tombstones,’ and where ‘the crime and the gangs and the drugs’ bleed the nation’s children of their ‘unrealized potential.’

“Needless to say, Trump’s rage-filled, ‘America First’ battle cry was also filled with half-truths and misinformation, to say nothing of tired clichés. Here, we’ve chronicled the worst of Trump’s hyperbole and mistruths from an otherwise platitudinous campaign-style speech.

Crime in America

“Trump: ‘. . . And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.’

“Fact-check: The U.S. crime rate is near a 20-year low, and while the use of some drugs is increasing, drug use among American teens dropped to an all-time low in 2016.

Historic Movement

“Trump: ‘You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.’

“Fact-check: While Trump won the electoral college, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. Photos from Trump’s inaugural speech seem to suggest that several hundred thousand fewer people turned up to watch his swearing-in.

Trump inner circle includes pollster Kelly Conway and Breitbart News co-founder Steve Bannon
Trump inner circle includes pollster Kelly Conway and Breitbart News co-founder Steve Bannon (Credit: Getty Images)


“Trump: ‘Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.’

“Fact-check: ‘Economists are not so sure. According to a Moody’s Analytics report released on Friday, Trump’s trade, immigration, and tax proposals would dramatically decrease U.S. economic output and result in the loss of 3.5 million jobs. Similarly, Capital Economics estimates that Trump’s proposed 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods would result in a 10 percent increase in U.S. retail prices.'”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

4 thoughts on “True to form, Trump’s first address as president rife with misinformation”

  1. Zero.
    — number of times Trump used the word “democracy” in his inaugural address

    “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America…”
    — Trump

    — number of times Trump mentioned the Constitution in his address
    and then they gave him the nuclear codes.

  2. The difference between patriotism and authoritarianism can be seem clearly in that second statement….the difference between allegiance to the principles of the USA and our Constitution and the government of the USA.

  3. Kelly Ann Conway’s outfit is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. She looks like an Uncle Sam themed clown..Perfect for President Pumpkin Head.

  4. Joining the ranks of nice guys finish last -Soon after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, his administration undid one of Barack Obama’s last-minute economic-policy actions: a mortgage-fee cut under a government program that’s popular with first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers.
    The new administration on Friday said it’s canceling a reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s annual fee for most borrowers. The cut would have reduced the annual premium for someone borrowing $200,000 by $500 in the first year.
    The FHA came under severe stress after the financial crisis. In 2013, it needed $1.7 billion from the U.S. Treasury, its first bailout in 79 years, due to a wave of defaults ( total amnesia about who caused that- just sayin-). To replenish the FHA’s coffers, the Obama administration several times increased the fees the agency charges. The law requires the FHA’s capital reserve ratio to stay above 2 percent, and the agency hit that level in 2015 for the first time since the bailout.
    In other news: all the “Make America Great Again” hats for the inauguration were made in Bangladesh, China, or Vietnam. Proving again that you can’t make this stuff up-

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