On Thursday, he began rolling out a new lie about Sen. Kamala Harris, who, if elected, would be the first Black and Asian-American vice president.
Trump’s nonsense about Harris was part of Thursday’s “press conference” that he mainly used to campaign against his Democratic electoral rivals. Trump also made a series of false statements about former Vice President Joe Biden, the broader Democrat, and again, about mail-based voting.
Trump was told about the claims on “social media” that Harris may not qualify as president and vice president. He was then asked if he could definitively say she met the requirements.
Trump said, “I heard today that she doesn̵7;t respond to requests.” He called an attorney who raised the issue in an article in Newsweek, Professor John Eastman of Chapman University, “very well qualified.”
Trump later said that he “did not know” if it was true that Harris did not meet the requirements. He then asked reporters if she said Harris was unqualified because Harris was “not born in this country.”
The first event: Harris was born in Oakland, California. Therefore, as a natural citizen, she meets the requirements of the Constitution to serve as vice president or president. There is no serious question about this.
Trump spent the first part of his press conference criticizing Biden. Here are the facts surrounding some of these attacks.
Biden and pandemic plan
Trump stated that he did everything Biden urged him to do in response to the pandemic.
“In fact, a lot of things – well reported in the past few days – everything he said did, every single thing, we did, and we did well.”
The first event: It’s not true that Trump did everything Biden had called for. While there was certainly some overlap in Biden’s proposals and Trump’s actions, Biden came up with a number of suggestions Trump didn’t make.
Biden has also called on Trump to provide complete information on test status across the country, “including number of trials completed, results and average wait times for results.” The federal government does not systematically provide this information.
Biden and masked mission
Trump said that Biden wants to impose a federal mandate to force people to wear masks, questioning a president’s authority to do so.
Mr. Trump said of Biden: “He wants the President of the United States with just one brush, ordering more than 300 million US citizens to wear masks for at least 3 consecutive months.”
“I guess this just happened, he thought it was good politics, I guess,” Trump continued.
In a speech on the coronavirus on Thursday, Biden argued that “every governor should require mandatory masks.”
“Every American should wear a mask when outdoors for at least the next three months,” Biden also said. “It’s not your right, it’s about your responsibility as an American.”
Biden was asked again if he was “required to wear a mask”, he replied, “I will do everything. [possible] to require people to wear masks in public. ”
Biden, immigration and pandemic
Trump claims that Biden’s immigration policy, which Trump describes as “ridiculously open borders”, will “allow the pandemic to infiltrate every community of the United States.”
Biden and the press
The president, who has been answering questions from the press each evening this week, criticized Biden for allegedly doing the opposite.
“He refused to ask questions. He never asked questions,” Trump said. “I ask questions, he never questions. And you’ll wonder what’s going on because they’re not that hard. Some might be annoying, but they’re not that hard.”
Biden and school
Trump also accused Biden of wanting to close schools and “shut society down” through a federal decree.
As for Biden, Trump said, “he wanted to shut down our economy, shut down our schools and shut society down. And he wanted that done by a federal decree. ”
Trump continues to kick around conspiracy related to voting.
Democrats, schools and elections
Trump claims that Democrats are trying to “keep people away from polls” by closing schools.
“Some people say they don’t want – Democrats don’t – schools are open because that’s where you have a lot of voting booths, and if you close a school, you can’t easily have polling room at the school, “he said.
“Perhaps we will be able to prove it to be true,” he concluded.
The first event: This is a conspiracy theory that simply has no evidence. (Given his “could” line, Trump seems tacitly suggesting that he is currently unable to prove it.)
Mail ballot origin
The President declared that the post offices were receiving millions of ballots and “nobody knows from where.”
Trump also repeated a number of mistakes he made in the past, including stating that:
- All children handle coronavirus very well. (Some children have died from the coronavirus or have an associated strange and serious illness, but in general children are less likely to develop serious symptoms than adults.)
- Absentee voting is good, while popular mail voting is bad. (While there could be some differences in the methods used to do both, experts say they are largely the same and are safe 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 race, although there have been legal disputes over other ballot issues, such as the lack of signatures and late postmark.)
- Foreigners can easily forge mailed ballots. (Experts say this is simply not true because there are different ballot guarantees. What’s more, each state has its own system and each county has a unique pool of candidates.)