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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Donald Trump’s RNC Speech in One Incredible Fact-Checking Lightning Round

CNN's Daniel Dale appears on Anderson Cooper's show to fact-check Donald Trump's RNC speech.

Donald Trump lies so much and so often that most people have developed a major fatigue around hearing them. If Trump is speaking, he’s likely lying, exaggerating, or saying something otherwise untrue, so what’s the point in acting shocked or even paying attention at all, right? His lies have become utterly normalized which is, of course, exactly the point.

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If you’re suffering from Trump Lying Fatigue (and also if you’re not!), I highly recommend watching CNN’s Daniel Dale’s lightning-speed fact-checking session regarding Trump’s nomination acceptance speech from the Republican National Convention. By Dale’s count, Trump lied more than 20 times in the 70-minute speech, and Dale lists them all (or at least a lot of them) in just over three minutes.

Definitely do yourself a favor and watch that video. Whether you watched Trump’s speech or not, this is everything you need to know about it. Trump lied over and over, mostly about Joe Biden but also in boasts about himself. He claimed Biden would do all sorts of things if he is elected, from tearing down the existing sections of border wall to taking everyone’s guns to defunding the police. He claimed that he himself passed the Veterans choice bill, that he stopped travel from Europe in the face of the coronavirus, that he is protecting patients with pre-existing conditions. Dale refutes all of these (with receipts) and so many more false claims in rapid-fire.

As Dale noted on Twitter, it’s not just the number of lies that’s really worrying, although it certainly is that too. “Aside from the quantity, one notable thing about Trump’s dishonesty last night: almost all of it was in his prepared text,” he wrote. “In general, the vast majority of his lying as president has been ad-libbed. In campaign season, they start putting the lies in the scripts.”

Donald Trump spoke for 70 minutes to convince Americans why they should vote for him and all he could come up with were 20+ lies.


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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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