I’m not quite sure what’s happening today.
First, we had ardent Never-Trumper Van Jones appearing on CNN and praising President Trump’s speech. A sight I thought I’d never live to see.
Even Ted Cruz heaped praise on our president.
Now comes a report from the Daily Caller that the New York Times deployed their fact checkers to analyze President Trump’s historic speech and the results came back “nearly every word was true.”
Here are all the details from the Daily Caller:
Nearly every word of President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress was true, according to The New York Times fact check.
Reporters from the NYT sourced through each statement the president made in Tuesday night’s speech, which touched on: violent crime, immigration, border control, health care reform, labor, and energy. While the NYT labeled Trump’s comments as true, it did hedge heavily a few times, expressing reticence to call the president’s statements “true.”
For instance, the president addressed the rise in violent crime in the nation. Trump said the “murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century.” There were an estimated 15,696 murders in the U.S. in 2015, a 10 percent increase from 2014. The NYT concedes that fact, but it includes a caveat, labeling the president’s statement as “true, but somewhat misleading.”
The president’s statement is misleading because crime has been “falling for a generation,” the NYT reports. “In 1991, the F.B.I. estimated that there were 24,703 murders.” The president, however, was not addressing the fluctuations in crime rates in a general sense. His comments were specifically in reference to 2015’s murder rate, and not aimed at the overall trend in crime.
The NYT also labeled the president’s statement that “Obamacare is collapsing,” as “an exaggeration.” To claim the president’s statement as an exaggeration is interesting when held up against the research and data available on Obamacare.
Since Obamacare came into effect in 2014, some 16 of the 23 federally funded co-op health plans instituted by Obamacare have collapsed. Just seven of the original 23 remain, and those are losing money rapidly. Losses incurred by these seven co-ops alone cost the American taxpayer $1.7 billion, according to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The full Times fact check is available here.