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Cascade of Pinocchios for Trump’s attacks on Ilhan Omar
What a week! The president accused Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a U.S. citizen originally from Somalia, of supporting al-Qaeda. To back up this incendiary charge, Trump twisted and transmogrified Omar’s comments from a 2013 interview.
Ironically, Omar in the interview was speaking about the need to separate Islamic terrorists from peaceful Muslims in the public consciousness. And she condemned terrorist acts as “evil” and “heinous.”
“When I think of al-Qaeda, I can hold my chest out,” Trump quoted her as saying.
She said: “I remember when I was in college I took a terrorism class. … We learned the ideology. The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said ‘al-Qaeda,’ he sort of like, his shoulders went up, and you know — ‘al-Qaeda,’ ‘Hezbollah.’”
Four Pinocchios for the al-Qaeda claim, Four Pinocchios for the rally claim.
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Are prescription drug prices going down?
Trump tweeted, “Last year was the first in 51 years where prescription drug prices actually went down.”
Two days later, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was on CNN claiming the opposite: “He promised to lower prescription drug prices and failed.”
Trump aides pointed to the CPI for prescription drugs, which in 2018 fell for the first time in 46 years. But that’s only when focusing on December-to-December years, which is somewhat arbitrary. The president’s record shrinks to five-and-a-half years when looking at the most recent 12-month decline, from July 2012 to July 2013.
Although experts caution that it’s a flawed metric, the CPI for prescription drugs has been falling consistently under Trump and that’s nothing to sneeze at. But a range of independent studies we found shows that drug prices have not declined, especially when it comes to branded drugs. So Gillibrand has an amply supported case to make.
Salvador Rizzo is a reporter for The Fact Checker. He previously covered New Jersey politics and Gov. Chris Christie, with stints at the Star-Ledger, the Bergen Record and the New York Observer. Follow
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