Trump uttered at least 12 false claims in total. That number may well rise once we delve into the transcript.
Trump said China wants him to lose the election, then added, “You know who else is not happy with us winning? Russia.”
“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment,’ ” William R. Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in the statement.
Evanina’s statement last week did say that China “prefers” that Trump lose in 2020, since China views him as “unpredictable.” It did not, however, say China was actively working to defeat Trump like Russia is actively working to defeat Biden.
Virginia ballot applications
Trump once again sought to discredit mail-in-voting by referencing reports that half a million unsolicited absentee-ballot requests containing incorrect information were sent to Virginia voters by a third party organization.
“This was an unprecedented mailing flub that has heightened concerns about the integrity of expanding mail-in voting and mail-in voting efforts,” Trump said, calling it “a disaster all over Virginia.”
Facts First: It’s true that about half a million absentee ballot applications were mailed to Virginia voters that contained incorrect information about the return address of the local election office. What Trump did not mention is that the ballot applications were sent by a third party organization, or that the Department of Elections had disavowed the mailer.
An organization called the Center for Voter Information did recently mail out about half a million absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters, many of which contained incorrect information.
In its statement, the agency also said that, “Any applications that arrive in the wrong locality’s office will be forwarded immediately to the correct office for processing.”
The ‘1917’ pandemic and World War II
Trump said, as he has repeatedly in the past, that this is the worst pandemic since “1917” — then added that the “1917” pandemic “probably ended the Second World War.”
Trump also repeated several false claims he’s made many times before. Here’s a quick look at the facts:
Foreign countries and mail-in ballots
Trump claimed that mail-in voting is “something that can be easily attacked by foreign countries.”
Trump’s own intelligence officials have also dismissed the possibility of foreign powers being able to interfere on a mass scale to produce and send fake ballots to voters and election authorities.
Democrats and the election
After he was asked about the intelligence assessment that Russia is interfering in the election, Trump insisted that “I’ll tell you who’s meddling in our elections: The Democrats are meddling. By wanting and insisting on sending mail-in ballots, where there’s corruption all over the place.”
A New York congressional primary
Trump claimed that there were thousands of “missing” and “fraudulent” ballots in the New York Democratic congressional primary won by Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
Rather, New York’s ballot-counting was slow because the state has had administrative problems — ranging from insufficient staffing to outdated technology — in trying to count a much larger than usual number of absentee votes. There is a legal dispute about some ballots that had been invalidated because of issues like missing or late postmarks and missing signatures, but there is no evidence these issues involved fraud.
Testing in India
China and the virus
Trump said China had let the virus spread to other countries but not inside China.
Tariffs on China
Boasting of his tariffs on China, Trump claimed that nobody had ever previously taken in “10 cents” from China.
Testing and cases
Trump argued that more coronavirus testing leads to more cases.
Trump again suggested that the US did not have a stockpile of ventilators before the pandemic.
The individual mandate and Obamacare
Trump claimed that when he eliminated Obamacare’s individual mandate, which required people to obtain health insurance, he “really ended Obamacare, as it would be officially known, because the individual mandate was the biggest part.”
Obama and spying
Trump said, “Well, look, the Obama campaign spied on our campaign, and they’ve been caught, all right?” He added, “It’s probably treason. It’s a horrible thing they did. … They used the intelligence agencies of our country to spy on my campaign, and they have been caught.”