On the eve of the election, here are some false and misleading statements from Trump’s sons.
The coronavirus virus has become the subject of a lot of misinformation on the internet, some of which have been spread by Trump Jr. In July, Twitter even restricted his account for sharing a video spreading false information about hydroxychloroquine.
Here are some of the more notable claims he made about coronavirus.
Deaths caused by covid infection
In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Trump Jr said that the current number of deaths from Covid-19 is “almost nothing”.
“I went through the CDC data because I kept hearing about new infections,”
; Trump Jr said, “but I was thinking, ‘Well, why aren’t they talking about deaths?’ Oh, because the quantity is almost nothing ”.
The first event: This is wrong. Trump Jr. Day Given this claim, nearly 1,000 virus-related deaths have been reported.
More than 231,000 people in the US have died from the virus.
You can watch the complete debunking of this statement from CNN’s Brianna Keilar here.
Trials and cases
In an interview with radio host Chris Stigall, Trump Jr claimed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in coronavirus cases in the United States as the country has stepped up its testing. experience.
“The reason they see more test cases coming is because they’re doing 100 times more testing,” he said.
The first event: Trump Jr. statement is completely inaccurate, like when his father has repeatedly made similar statements during the election campaign and in summer.
The spike in coronavirus cases in the United States was not caused by the test increase. According to the COVID Tracking Project, just three days before the Trump Jr. interview, the number of confirmed new cases is growing at a faster rate than the number of new tests, according to the COVID Tracking Project, one morning. Ants collect and analyze coronavirus data.
And the number of hospitalizations and deaths is also on the rise, suggesting that the increase in cases is not solely due to tests capturing mild cases. Taken together, the numbers tell a consistent story: the situation in America is really getting worse.
You can read a longer fact check here.
Death from the flu
In a tweet since being retweeted more than 26,000 times, Trump Jr wrote on October 26, “We went from 75,000 flu deaths last year in the US to almost 0” and claim that the data being manipulated.
On the Chris Stigall Show a few days later, he went so far as to specifically state that this year’s flu deaths were classified as coronavirus deaths.
“Miraculously, the flu also completely disappeared, right?” Trump Jr. said. “They just attribute everything to the COVID because that is their logic, it’s fear.”
The first event: Trump Jr. was wrong about many crimes.
When Trump Jr mentioned the flu deaths last year, it was not clear whether he was referring to last flu season or just the flu deaths in 2019. Either way, his estimates was wrong.
According to a preliminary report from the US Center for DC, the United States had 24,000 – 62,000 flu deaths during last year’s flu season, which lasted from October 1, 2019 to April 4, 2020. And AFP Weekly data tally from the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the CDC, found that 7,250 Americans died of flu in 2019, not 75,000. The same data set shows more than 8,000 flu deaths by 2020 to date. Only a handful of deaths were due to the 2020-2021 flu season that began in late September but most of it was due to data that is currently available for only one month.
It is possible that that trend could continue but not due to any misallocation for Covid-19, like Trump Jr. declare. A CDC study published in September found that while it is impossible to say what will happen when the flu season is underway in the US this fall and winter, measures are being taken to prevent blocking the spread of coronavirus, like away from society, distance learning and school closures are also possible this year’s mild flu season. According to the study, “If extensive community mitigation measures continue throughout the fall, flu activity in the United States could remain low and pandemic seasons could be delayed or delayed.”
Eric Trump has also made false and misleading statements on a wide range of topics.
The son shared a photo-edited meme on October 20 that stuck a fake MAGA label on the Ice Cube’s hat and 50 Cent, ridiculously asserting that his father “literally saved Christianity. “, tweeted a video misleading about Biden using a telemeter in an interview, and false claim that Barack Obama never visited Chicago as president.”
Perhaps more dangerous than those, Eric Trump announced on Friday that more New York ballots were being sent to voters, pre-filled for Biden.
NY election ballot
While discussing voter fraud in an interview with radio host Lars Larson, Eric Trump unfoundedly stated that there were “many votes” found to be completely filled out for Biden.
“[I]n New York, people in Queens received filled ballots for Joe and Kamala, “said Eric Trump.” And, it was turned into government and you know, there were lots of ballots found by many people and again, the ballots were filled out and sent to them and literally, you know Please return these ballots. “
The first event: According to the New York City Election Commission, there have been no reports of this happening. Conspiracy theories revolve around a few tweets that have been exposed.
One Twitter user posted allegations that “Some residents of Queens Village (NY) are receiving pre-filled ballots for Joe Biden and asked to return it to the Election Commission only.”
The same user posted a video on October 30, supposedly showing one of these votes.
The NYC Election Board responded to the tweet saying the claims were false and they “spoke directly to the voter in question, who received a BLANK absentee ballot.”
The AP news agency said the absentee’s ballot, because it was placed in the wrong envelope, was then sent to the voter’s previous address in Queens.
On October 17, Eric Trump tweeted a picture of a large house, writing “The salary of a US Senator is $ 174,000 per year. This is Joe Biden’s home …. it looks legal. . “
The first event: The house was bought by Biden for $ 185,000 in 1975 and sold – after renovation – in 1996 for $ 1.2 million, as reported in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Trump Jr. statement highlights some of the hypocrisy in the Trump campaign raids. Unlike the President, Biden has published his tax returns for the past 22 years. Only in recent years, Bidens has brought in more than 400,000 USD per year.
In 2017, after leaving office, Biden and his wife Jill reported earnings of $ 11 million, and in 2018 they brought in $ 4.6 million. According to Forbes, the majority of new revenue comes from book sales and speaking.
CNN’s Daniel Dale and Andrew Kaczynski contributed to this report.