Fact Checkers Obliterate Trump’s Police Reform Lies
June 17, 2020
Trump continues to falsely claim that Obama and Biden didn’t take action in office to address police misconduct. Fact checkers across the board forcefully debunked that claim and showed that Trump himself had undone critical reforms made by the Obama-Biden administration.
Fact checkers blasted Trump’s false claim.
NBC News: “Obama, the nation’s first Black president, who confronted and addressed race and racism frequently, did take action to reform police and try to reduce bias in law enforcement.”
New York Times: “Trump … falsely accused his predecessor, President Barack Obama, of choosing not to tackle the issue.”
Washington Post: “This is one of those needlessly false claims. … Trump asserted, without any basis, that Obama and Biden ‘never even tried to fix this during their eight-year period.’”
CNN: “Obama and his administration took multiple significant steps to try to improve policing.”
Associated Press: “That is false.”
Here’s the kicker: Trump actually undid multiple Obama-Biden police reforms — the same ones he falsely claimed never happened.
NBC News: “It was under Trump that several Obama-era changes were scrapped. The Trump administration… unraveled those changes.”
New York Times: “The Obama administration tried to address police misconduct in numerous ways, and some of those efforts have been reversed or limited by the Trump administration.
New York Times: “One-Third of All U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Nursing Home Residents or Workers”
Politico: “The unfolding tragedy in American nursing homes, where patients are dying in clusters, is another consequence of the coronavirus testing debacle. While America wasn’t looking, family visitors, staff and other health professionals unknowingly brought the virus into long-term care facilities, spreading it among the population least likely to withstand it.”
Kaiser Health News: “Federal Help Falters As Nursing Homes Run Short Of Protective Equipment”
Associated Press: “After two months and more than 10,000 deaths that have made the nation’s nursing homes some of the most terrifying places to be during the coronavirus crisis, most of them still don’t have access to enough tests to help control outbreaks among their frail, elderly residents.”
Wall Street Journal: “A recently launched federal effort to collect data on the impact of the coronavirus in nursing homes will leave the full toll unclear, because a new rule doesn’t require facilities to report deaths and infections that occurred before early May.”
Even as coronavirus ripped through nursing homes, Trump considered weakening infection-control rules at those facilities.
USA Today: “The federal government is considering rolling back infection control requirements in U.S. nursing homes – even as the long-term-care industry’s residents and workers are overwhelmed by the coronavirus.”
Older Americans know Trump left them behind, and are disavowing their support of his campaign.
New York Times: “The coronavirus crisis and the administration’s halting response to it have cost President Trump support from one of his most crucial constituencies: America’s seniors.”
Washington Post: “One of the most durable political assets that Republicans have enjoyed throughout the 21st century is their edge among Americans 65 and older, who tend to turn out at the polls more reliably than any other group. But with President Trump’s inept and erratic handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic, he is rapidly losing support among the age group most vulnerable to its ravages — which is a big warning sign to Republicans as they look to the fall. … The shift has been showing up in a string of recent polls, reportedly including those that have been conducted by Trump’s own campaign.”