Former President Barack Obama did his part for the party that made him a household name on Saturday when he went out to campaign for his former Vice President Joe Biden. The former president had a few things to say in support of “Sleepy Joe,” unfortunately for anyone who put stock in the 44th president’s words, a lot of it was untrue.
According to a report by Breitbart News, there were 19 claims about President Donald Trump that were just plain not true, beginning with Obama’s claim that Trump “Doesn’t have a plan” for coronavirus. The truth of the matter is that the president had a plan which he called Operation Warp Speed which included his plan to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine at an unprecedented rate.
Claim number two was that Trump couldn’t answer Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes when asked, “What’s your priority in your second term?” In reality, the president replied that “The priority now is to get back to normal, get back to where we were, to have the economy rage and be great with jobs and everybody be happy. And that’s where we’re going and that’s where we’re heading.”
Obama and his fans may or may not have actually liked Trump’s answer, but the fact is that he did indeed answer. Obama went on to make a third claim of Trump that “He doesn’t even acknowledge that there’s a problem” concerning coronavirus, which would be contradicted by his quick action in banning travel, which many Democrats stood against, as well as his daily press briefings and rallying of national health experts to create solutions for those affected.
The former president also cited a conspiracy theory that the president advocated for those concerned about COVID-19 putting bleach on or in themselves. While the president did mention some experimental UV light therapy that increases the body’s immune response, he was sharply castigated by those who claimed that he also advocated for people injecting bleach.
“America created 1.5 million more jobs in the last year of the Obama-Biden administration than in the first three years of the Trump-Pence administration,” Obama said in his fifth claim. Breitbart responded to this claim saying that it “seems to be saying that more jobs were created in 2016 than in 2017, 2018, and 2019 combined, which is demonstrably untrue. New revisions earlier this year indicated that slightly more jobs were created in 2016 than in any particular subsequent year. However, seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that more people were employed in each of the first three years of Trump’s presidency than in Obama’s last. In addition, Trump faced a different task. It is arguably easier to add jobs in the early stages of a recovery than it is to add jobs during a recovery already eight years old. The Obama-Biden recovery was the slowest since the Second World War.”
Obama also claimed that Trump hasn’t affected change in Black unemployment, though those numbers did go down. He also said that “The only people truly better off than they were four years ago are the billionaires who got Trump tax cuts.” However, according to Breitbart, a Gallup poll found that “56% of registered voters said they were better off than they were four years ago, which is a record high.”
In addition to talking about the average Joe’s taxes (versus, of course, the Democratic Joe’s taxes) Obama took a jab at trump about him supposedly “barely” paying income taxes, and also claimed that Trump has “secret Chinese bank accounts.”
The former president made more than one comment about Trump’s taxes, saying that “His first year in the White House he only paid $750 in federal income tax,” when in reality Trump paid over seven million dollars in taxes in 2017 and used a tax credit from an earlier year to pay much of it.