PolitiFact takes aim at Trump, Clinton as campaign intensifies


Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and their surrogates.

They all took a recent ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter, courtesy of PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia.

Want to see how they fared? Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below.

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Donald Trump said this in an Aug. 19 TV ad:

Under Hillary Clinton’s plan “illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay.”

Clinton has said that she will deport “violent criminals” as well as anyone who threatens our safety.

She hasn’t been more specific about the types of crimes that would or would not lead to deportation.

We rated Trump’s claim Half True.

Hillary Clinton said this in an Aug. 15 campaign speech in Pennsylvania:

Her campaign platform includes the “biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.”

The size of Clinton’s proposals — at least $900 billion over 10 years — appears larger than any other 10-year investment since World War II.

But when we look at the size of the historical public investments as a share of gross domestic product, there have been 12 years since World War II with larger public investments.

In terms of whether these investments will result in “new, good-paying jobs,” that’s all a matter of prediction.

We rated Clinton’s claim Half True.

Former Michigan governor and Clinton backer Jennifer Granholm said this Aug. 10 on CNN:

Hillary Clinton “abided by the ethics agreement” between the Clinton Foundation and the Obama administration.

That’s a misleading response that ignores what occurred at Clinton’s State Department.

Experts told us emails between Clinton aides and a foundation aide may not have been specifically prohibited.

But they demonstrate a blurring of the lines between official government business and Clinton’s personal connections.

And that breaks the firewall Clinton agreed to preserve.

We rated Granholm’s statement Mostly False.

Texas state lawmaker Celia Israel said on Aug. 24:

Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” caps are “made in China.”

A November 2015 Los Angeles Times news story centered on a tour of Cali-Fame, the company credited with making the hats.

The company employs about 100 people, many of them Latino. They make hats for Trump’s golf courses and now his campaign.

The story called the made-in-China claim about Trump’s hats a “short-lived rumor.”

The hat story is fake but just won’t die.

We rated the lawmaker’s claim Pants on Fire.

The Associated Press’ chief White House correspondent, Julie Pace, said this:

“Neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump has a plan to address the civil war in Syria.”

This is largely accurate. Clinton has called for a no-fly zone and safe zones in Syria. But not many details here.

Trump says he wants to build safe zones and to work with the Russians, who are backing Syrian President Bashar Assad.

These proposals are ideas and not comprehensive plans for ending the civil war.

We rated Pace’s claim Mostly True.

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