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Did Donald Trump say that "global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese"?

He did write this on his twitter feed[archived] The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. See also politifact: Yes, ...
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Did the @POTUS Twitter account use a picture from Obama's inauguration for its cover image?

It is a photo from Getty Images covering Obama's 2009 inauguration. Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration at Capitol Building, Washington DC Credit: carterdayne [...] The inauguration ...
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Was Donald Trump's father a member of the KKK?

He was arrested in 1927 at a KKK event This is true. He was arrested at the KKK riot for "refusing to disperse from a parade when ordered to do so", see for example The Washington Post or Vice. He ...
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Has Trump's administration been making more human trafficking arrests than the Obama administration?

The earliest mention online - and thus likely the source for this - seems to be maga1776.com. The numbers for 2010 to 2016 are official statistics - the 2016 numbers are directly from ICE, the ...
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169 votes

Was Donald Trump at ground zero helping out on 9-11?

"I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you." Likely false. (As elaborated in the linked video, ...
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Did Donald Trump fire the entire pandemic response team in 2018?

Although it's not true that Trump himself 'fired the entire pandemic response team', it is true that in April-July of 2018 the Directorate of Global Health Security and Biodefense was dissolved, and ...
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Did Donald Trump "[imitate] a disabled reporter"?

Donald Trump did mock a reporter - Serge Kovaleski from the New York Times. Kovaleski has a disability: arthrogryposis. Trump denied that he mocked him for his disability and claims that he didn't ...
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Did more people use the DC Metro transit system on the day of Trump's inauguration than on the day of Obama's second inauguration (in 2013)?

More people used Metro on Obama's second inaugural than on Trump's first. Spicer was comparing second Obama inaugural 11 am ridership (317,000) with Trump's full-day ridership (570,500). Trump's 11 ...
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Did Trump order tear gas to be used on protesters to clear a pathway to a church for a photoshot?

I think there are three issues here: 1) Was 'tear gas' used? 2) Who ordered the attack? 3) Why did they order it? Was 'tear gas' used? According to the Parks Police smoke canisters and pepper balls ...
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Did Donald Trump exclude Muslim countries in which he does business from the recent entry ban?

Yes the facts are accurate, but the implication of causation is questionable. President Trump did sign an executive order banning the citizens of Iran, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia from ...
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Were illegally immigrating children held in cages during the Obama administration?

Yes. Probably less of them than under Trump but there were kids in cages and kids separated from their families under Obama. Those photos of immigrant children “caged” by the US? They’re from 2014 (...
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Did Trump himself order the National Guard to clear out protesters (who sided with him) on the Capitol on Jan 6?

No, Trump did not order the National Guard to mobilize at that time. As The New York Times reported, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made the ultimate ...
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Was President Trump's inauguration "the first time ... that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall"?

No, it was not the first time they were used. Such protective coverings were also used at the 2013 inauguration. Caption: Washington, D.C. — Birds fly over the mall in the early morning in front of ...
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Did Donald Trump "[imitate] a disabled reporter"?

Trump certainly mocked a disabled reporter, a general, and Ted Cruz by making a particular motion. It does not seem to be an imitation of his disability though. Serge Kovaleski in motion, not ...
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Did protesters block metal detectors at Trump's Tulsa rally?

Other than assertions to that effect by the Trump Administration, there is no evidence of this. However there is very strong evidence that it did not happen. There are a fair amount of pictures of the ...
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Was Paul Manafort exonerated for the crimes he’s now charged with?

No, that's chronologically impossible, because some of the alleged crimes were committed less than 8 years ago. The charges against Manafort are specified in this indictment. Many of the charges ...
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Is Trump personally blocking people on Twitter?

It appears that Trump is indeed personally responsible for blocking his critics on Twitter, as opposed to a staffer or aide. This came up in oral arguments this past March concerning the continuing ...
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Did Trump's inauguration cake copy the design of Obama's 2013 inauguration cake?

Yes. A Washington Post article (and interview with the Baker) includes a picture of the 2013 cake next to the 2017 cake. The Baker of the 2013 cake tweeted this comparison. According to the Post, ...
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Was Donald Trump's scene from Home Alone 2 removed by the CBC in 2014?

Yes, it probably happened in 2014. It was already noticed in 2015. Twitter user, DENNISGRIMBLE, tweeted in December 2015: Thanks @CBC for cutting @realDonaldTrump out of Home Alone 2.
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Did Donald Trump make campaign contributions to Attorneys General who then decided not to prosecute him?

There are two incidents: one in Florida and one in Texas where Trump (or, more accurately, the Trump Foundation) made campaign contributions conspicuously around the time the investigations or suits ...
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Was Donald Trump's approval rating at 50% in June 2017?

It seems like this is an outlier. FiveThirtyEight is a data blog that covers politics heavily. One of their projects tracks what different polls say about Trumps approval ratings. They also track ...
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Did Barron Trump wear a "I'm with Stupid" shirt next to his father?

No, it is (unsurprisingly) a fake. A Reverse Image search via Google finds the original 2016 version of it, attributed to Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images, before the slogan was edited in. Original ...
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Did Donald Trump file for bankruptcy four times?

Technically, no Donald Trump himself has not filed for personal bankruptcy, but companies he has ownership stake in have. So both statements are true, at least, in a legally defensible sense. This ...
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Has the Trump administration revoked these listed LGBT protections?

Jan: removed all content on LGBT civil rights from whitehouse.gov website True During Barack Obama’s presidency, if you typed whitehouse.gov/lgbt into your browser, you reached a page highlighting ...
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Did Donald Trump say republicans are the dumbest voters in the country?

No, it's fake. Snopes looked into it thoroughly: (same wording, different image) Despite People's comprehensive online content archive, we found no interview or profile on Donald Trump in 1998 (or ...
87 votes

Did Donald Trump say that "global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese"?

Yes, he absolutely said that. You can still read it on his Twitter feed, in fact, where in November of 2012 he said: The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to ...
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Did Trump promise to bring back waterboarding?

Yes, Trump has supported waterboarding and other forms of torture at various times and promised to "bring back waterboarding" during the primary. The first quote is from a republican primary in New ...
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Has the Trump administration revoked these listed LGBT protections?

Jan - mostly true Feb - true Mar - somewhat true Apr - mostly false Jul - true Jan, removed all content on LGBT civil rights from whitehouse.gov website: mostly true This is rather misleading as ...
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Is Trump the "chief law-enforcement officer of the United States"?

No he is not. The White House web-page on the Executive Branch explains: The Attorney General is the head of the DOJ and chief law enforcement officer of the federal government. According to 28 ...
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Was Donald Trump treated with pharmaceuticals derived from fetal stem cells?

What Donald Trump received was a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies. There are various ways to produce those, Regeneron does state on their homepage that they use Cell Lines for mass production. ...
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