Donald Trump

VERIFY: Donald Trump falsely claimed immunity from COVID-19

The Hill wrote that Donald Trump “falsely claimed” immunity from COVID-19 following his October infection. Unlike most reporting, which factually noted that Trump could not know whether or not he was immune, The Hill made the absolute claim that he was not. In making what was essentially a medical diagnosis of a specific individual, The Hill provided no evidence. While 26 instances of COVID-19 reinfection have been recorded, the CDC considers these cases “rare” and the emerging scientific consensus — supported by at least three reputable studies — indicates that immunity is likely for most people for a period of a few months following recovery. Continue reading…

VERIFY: A poll showed that American military personnel disapproved of Donald Trump

Business Insider falsely claimed that “recent polling showed US troops had a high disapproval rating for Trump.” The poll in question, conducted by Military Times, only showed that Military Times readers had a high disapproval rating for Trump, not U.S. military personnel generally. The pollster Business Insider cited even acknowledged its survey ahd a sampling bias that favored career personnel, and may not have accurately represented the views of non-career personnel, who comprise the majority of the armed forces. Continue reading…

VERIFY: An NGO reported that Donald Trump “bombed Yemen more than all previous US presidents combined”

Business Insider falsely claimed a report by an NGO asserted that “Trump may have bombed Yemen more than all previous US presidents combined.” While the claim, though falsely cited, is technically correct it lacks the important context that only two other presidents in American history have ordered any airstrikes in Yemen at all.

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