Fact-Checking Joe Biden’s Weak First Debate

Joe Biden: Wrong for Way too Long

Posted on Sep 30, 2020

President Donald J. Trump has done more in elected office in 47 months than Joe Biden has done in 47 years of public service. Biden’s debate performance was weak, from refusing to answer if he would alter the Supreme Court for generations by packing the court, to getting his own policy proposals wrong, Biden proved he’s not prepared to become the next Commander in Chief.

Since debate moderator Chris Wallace was in no mood to fact-check the former vice president on his record (for the 76 times he did interrupt President Trump, Wallace only interrupted Biden 17 times), we decided to address a few of Biden’s most egregious lies:

FICTION: Biden claimed, “the Green New Deal is not my plan.”

FACT: Biden’s own campaign website states that “Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.” In addition, Biden’s running-mate Kamala Harris is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.

FICTION: Biden said ANTIFA is “an idea” not a threat to our communities.

FACT: This month, the Department of Justice obtained an arrest warrant for a self-described Antifa member suspected of an alleged murder in the ongoing riots in Portland. Attorney General Bill Barr directed the formation of a task force that’s dedicated to countering “anti-government extremists,” writing in a memo amid peaceful demonstrations, anti-government extremists had “engaged in indefensible acts of violence designed to undermine public order.” Among those groups singled out was Antifa, a far-left-leaning ideology that encompasses communists, socialists and anarchists, who are destroying our communities.

FICTION: Biden claimed the allegations that his son Hunter enriched himself from shady foreign dealers while he was vice president are “discredited.”

FACT: An 87-page report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in conjunction with the Treasury Department proves otherwise. It details how Russian billionaire Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow, sent a $3.5 million wire transfer to Hunter Biden’s company on Valentine’s Day in 2014. It also reports how the former Obama-Biden administration ignored “glaring warning signs” when Hunter joined the board of a Ukrainian energy company owned by a corrupt oligarch, which paid him “as much as $50,000 per month.” The Burisma board seat “created an immediate potential conflict of interest” because then vice president Biden was involved in U.S. policy toward Ukraine, the report says.

FICTION: Biden again repeated the Charlottesville hoax, where he claimed President Trump said there were, quote, “very fine people on both sides.”

FACT: After Charlottesville, President Trump specifically and “totally” condemned “neo-Nazis and white nationalists.” Biden, who honored a former KKK Exalted Cyclops and repeatedly used the N-word, is lying again.

  • As CNN’s Jake Tapper has said, President Trump did not call neo-Nazis or white supremacists “very fine people.” Jake Tapper:“Elsewhere in those remarks the President did condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists. So he’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people”
  • President Trump, August 15, 2017: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally.”
  • President Trump has repeatedly and specifically denounced racism, extremism, anti-Semitism, and white supremacists. Here are just a few examples:
    • TRUMP: “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.” (February 21, 2017)
    • TRUMP: “Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.” (April 11, 2017)
    • TRUMP: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.” (August 14, 2017)
    • TRUMP: “The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division… I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence.” (August 11, 2018)
    • TRUMP: “We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate. It must be defeated.” (April 27, 2019)

FICTION: Biden stated President Trump “hasn’t lowered drug costs,” and accused the sitting President of not having a plan.

FACT: The White House Council of Economic Advisors has said the U.S. is making progress on drug prices at rates not seen since the 1960s, because of the Trump administration’s efforts. So far, in every year of the Trump Administration, the FDA has approved a record number of generic drugs, delivering cheaper alternatives to name brands. In addition, The Trump Administration released new principles for reducing the cost of prescription drugs which was praised by both Republicans and Democrats.

FICTION: Biden claimed President Trump doesn’t have a plan to tackle COVID-19 and was delayed in his response. “He waited and waited and still doesn’t have a plan. Back in March I knew exactly what we should be doing. . .We should be providing all of the protective gear,” Biden said.

FACT: President Trump declared COVID-19 a public health emergency, announced Chinese travel restrictions, and suspended entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals on January 31st. His quick, decisive action helped save lives. On March 18, President Trump vowed to invoke the Defense Production Act whenever necessary to increase the number of vital supplies needed to combat coronavirus after the Biden-Obama administration left the nation’s stockpile totally depleted.

FICTION: Biden claimed the Trump administration made no effort to get U.S. medical experts into China to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

FACT: The Trump administration did push the Chinese government to allow U.S. CDC representatives into Wuhan but Beijing refused.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried to get into China just one week after China reported the outbreak to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, 2019. “On January 6, we offered to send a CDC team to China that could assist with these public health efforts,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a Jan. 28 press conference. “I reiterated that offer when I spoke to China’s Minister of Health on Monday, and it was reiterated again via the World Health Organization today. We are urging China: More cooperation and transparency are the most important steps you can take toward a more effective response.”

Over a week later, Azar said at a Feb. 7 press conference that “our longstanding offer to send world-class experts to China to assist remains on the table.”

FICTION: Biden continues to assert the Trump administration will take away healthcare for people who have underlying conditions.

FACT: President Trump never took health coverage away from Americans who rely on it, and has vowed to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions. Under President Trump, the disastrous individual-mandate in Obamacare was repealed to provide Americans with more options. In addition, President Trump signed an Executive Order on An America-First Healthcare Plan that provides, “availability of renewable short-term, limited-duration healthcare plans, providing options that are up to 60 percent cheaper than the least expensive alternatives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and are projected to cover 500,000 individuals who would otherwise be uninsured.”

FICTION: Biden said “regarding COVID-19– [President Trump’s] done nothing to help small businesses, nothing. They are closing.”

FACT: Since the launch of PPP loans, over $520 billion in relief has been provided through nearly 5 million loans. This program saved more than 51 million American jobs this year. In terms of a new round of stimulus, Democratic Senators filibustered more relief, stalling increased federal support and seem unwilling to negotiate in good-faith with the White House.

FICTION: Biden claimed after he left office as vice president, President Trump inherited  a booming economy, and he [Trump] caused a recession.”

FACT: The Biden economic “recovery” was the worst since the Great Depression. It failed to bring back manufacturing jobs, wage growth was stagnant, the middle-class shrunk, 14 million Americans left the workforce, and nearly 800,000 fell into poverty.

Job growth averaged just 110,000 jobs per month, wages grew at a paltry average of just 2.2%, and the average unemployment rate was 7.4%. Even Joe Biden admitted workers were left behind in their “recovery.”

Biden’s recovery failed to bring back manufacturing jobs, the middle-class shrunk, 14 million Americans left the workforce, and nearly 800,000 fell into poverty. By 2016, 57 percent of Americans believed the economy was getting worse.

The only reason why there’s increased unemployment under President Trump is that he had to shut the entire economy down for two months to battle the coronavirus. As we’re opening up, we’re experiencing a sharp economic revival. It’s Biden who is advocating for more potential shut-downs, which would devastate our economic recovery.

FICTION: Biden claimed even before Coronavirus, the Trump administration put  “manufacturing jobs in the hole,” and said, “I’m the guy who brought back the automobile industry.”

FACT: Where NAFTA cost America 850,000 jobs, the USMCA is projected to create up to 589,000 new jobs and upwards of $34 billion of investment in the U.S. auto industry. Joe Biden got it wrong when he voted for the passage of NAFTA that killed jobs and increased our trade deficits. In the Senate, Biden even boasted about a Delaware Chrysler plant that would benefit from the deal but ended up closing their doors due to NAFTA. Joe Biden oversaw one of the slowest economic recoveries and failed to revive America’s manufacturing industry. It was reported that over 190,000 manufacturing jobs were lost under Biden’s leadership.

FICTION: Biden said people in towns like “Scranton and Claymont,” did not prosper under the Trump economy.

FACT: The Trump economy delivered more for the American people in three years than the Biden economy did in eight.

  • Median household income increased by 9 percent in the first three years of the Trump Administration, compared to only 5 percent under eight years of Biden
  • 6 millionAmericans were lifted out of poverty from 2016 to 2019, “the largest 3-year reduction”in poverty to start a presidency since 1964
  • While Biden was Vice President, the number of Americans in poverty increased by nearly 787,000

FICTION: Biden claimed the President called the military “losers and suckers,” while denying the fact he ever called the troops “stupid bastards,” when they didn’t clap for him.

FACT: Biden’s allegations about what the President said was based on a bogus and discredited Atlantic article filled with unnamed sources. In fact,  21 officials senior White House officials went on the record to refute the reporting, and a White House email proves that a “bad weather call” was the reason for a canceled presidential trip to Aisne-Marne American cemetery in 2018. Further evidence includes FOIA’d Navy records and even John Bolton’s book. Biden did, however, call troops “stupid bastards,” it’s on video.