On Thursday, he began sailing a new lie about Senator Kamala Harris, who, if elected, would be the first vice president of Black America and Asia.
Trump’s provocative nonsense about Harris was part of a “self-described” press conference Thursday which he used primarily to campaign against his opponents in the Democratic election.Trump also made a series of false claims about the former President Joe Biden, Democrats more broadly, and, again, about postal voting.
Trump was told about allegations on “social media” that Harris may be unfit to serve as president and vice president. She was then asked if she could conclusively say that she meets the requirements.
Trump said: “I heard today that she does not meet the requirements.”; He referred to a lawyer who raised the issue in a Newsweek article, Chapman University professor John Eastman, as “highly qualified”.
Trump then said he has no idea if it is true that Harris does not meet the requirements. He then asked the reporter if she was saying Harris did not qualify because Harris “was not born in this country”.
First facts: Harris was born in Oakland, California. Therefore, as a natural born citizen, she meets the requirements of the Constitution to serve as vice president or president. There are no serious questions about this.
Trump spent the start of his press conference making noise to Biden. Here’s a look at the facts about some of those attacks.
Biden and Pandemic Plans
Trump claimed he has already done everything Biden has called on him to do in response to the pandemic.
“In fact, a lot of things – it was well reported over the last few days – every single thing he said to do, every single thing, we did and we did well.”
First facts: It is not true that Trump has done everything Biden has asked for. While there is certainly an overlap in Biden’s proposals and Trump’s actions, Biden has made a number of proposals that Trump has not implemented.
Biden also called on Trump to provide comprehensive information on the state of testing across the country, “including the number of tests completed, the results and the average waiting time for results.” The federal government does not provide this information on a systematic basis.
Biden and a mask mandate
Trump said Biden wanted to impose a federal mandate to force people to wear masks, questioning the authority of a president to do so.
“He wants the president of the United States, with a simple stroke of a pen,” Trump told Biden, “to order over 300 million Americans to wear a mask for a minimum of three straight months.”
“I think it just happened, he thinks it’s good politics I think,” Trump continued.
In a speech on the coronavirus on Thursday, Biden argued that “every governor should mandate a mandatory mask.”
“American Americando should have a mask when they are out for a minimum of the next three months,” Biden also said. “It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities as an American.”
Biden was asked again if he “would mandate to wear masks”, he replied, “I would do anything [possible] to make it demanded that people should wear masks in public. ”
Biden, immigration and pandemic
Trump claimed that Biden’s immigration policy, which Trump described as “ridiculously open borders,” would be “allowing the pandemic to permeate every American community.”
Biden and press
The president, who has received questions from the press every evening this week, criticized Biden for allegedly doing the opposite.
“He refuses to ask questions. He never asks questions,” Trump said. “I ask questions, he never asks questions. And you wonder what ‘s going on because they’re not that hard. Some may be bad, but they’re not that hard.”
Biden and schools
Trump also accused Biden of wanting to close schools and “destroy society” through a federal decree.
Regarding Biden, Trump said, “he wants to shut down our economy, close our schools and destroy society. And he wants that to be done by a federal decree.”
Trump continued to kick in on conspiracy-related plots.
Democrats, schools and elections
Trump claimed Democrats are trying to “get people out of the polls” by keeping schools closed.
“Some people say they don’t want to – Democrats don’t want to – schools open because where you have a lot of voting booths, and if you have a closed school you can’t easily have voting booths at school,” he said.
He concluded: “Maybe we will be able to show this as a fact.”
First facts: This is a conspiracy theory for which there is simply no evidence. (By his “maybe” line, Trump seemed to imply that he is not currently able to prove it.)
Origin of e-mail votes
The president claimed that post offices were receiving millions of ballots and “no one knows where”.
Trump also reiterated a number of untruths he has made before, including claims that:
- All children treat coronavirus very well. (Some children have died from coronavirus or have been diagnosed with a strange and severe disease associated with it, but children are generally less likely to have severe symptoms than adults.)
- Absentee voting is good while universal email voting is very bad. (While there may be some differences in the methods used to implement both, experts say they are largely the same and are both safe ways to vote.)
- There were fraudulent votes in the Democratic primary in New York won by Rep. Carolyn Maloney. (There is no evidence of fraud in this contest, although there was a legal dispute over other voting issues, such as lost signatures and late postage stamps.)
- Foreign countries can easily create ballot papers by mail. (Experts say this is simply not true due to different vote security measures. Further, each state has its own system and each county has a unique set of candidates.)