-1

Trump just claimed in his latest rally (26/10/2020 - live at time of question posting) that Corey Booker "never lived in Newark" despite being the mayor there.

Is there any truth to this?

5
  • 2
    I don't think Trump making a random claim is a notable claim as I find it strange that he would win the office twice and not live in the city. – Joe W Oct 26 '20 at 21:42
  • 5
    @JoeW: Our definition of notability is not that it is truthful, that it is from a reliable source (or whether you believe it!) It is that it is widely believed, and we generally accept that if someone famous said it publicly that it is likely widely believed. – Oddthinking Oct 26 '20 at 21:45
  • 2
    The donald-trump tag is for claims made about him, not claims made by him. I'm removing it. – Nate Eldredge Oct 26 '20 at 22:28
  • @NateEldredge fair enough. What tag should I use? Surely there should be a tag for claims made by him on a site like this? – Statsanalyst Oct 26 '20 at 23:36
  • 4
    We generally use tags to categorize what the claim itself is about. From the point of view of scientific skepticism, the identity of the person making the claim is completely irrelevant to whether the claim itself is true or false, so it is not worth keeping track of. Our only requirement is that it have been made by someone notable, so that we don't waste time on completely obscure claims that nobody really cares about. – Nate Eldredge Oct 26 '20 at 23:39
6

Corey Booker's Wikipedia page links to a 2013 Buzzfeed Article where he addresses those claims:

The claim that Booker resides elsewhere, which his opponent alleged Monday, is a "desperate stunt," his campaign says. Property records and documentation of rental payments put Booker in Newark, where he has served as mayor since 2006.

3
  • While I agree this is rather stupid (or to use his words, a "desperate stunt"), the article notes the additional claims that the properties he owned/rented were either empty or used for other purposes. Ownership or rental does not necessarily demonstrate residence. Also noteworthy that this goes back to 2013. – GalacticCowboy Oct 27 '20 at 13:53
  • @GalacticCowboy Booker was Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013, so the Trump assertion is related to precisely that period – Henry Oct 27 '20 at 14:08
  • @Henry My point being that this isn't a new argument that Trump just put out there. – GalacticCowboy Oct 27 '20 at 14:41

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .