On the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump delivered the most important (and the longest) speech of his political career so far.
The nomination acceptance speech, which was leaked hours before Trump delivered it in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, was equal parts horrifying and untruthful.
For almost an hour and 15 minutes, the bigoted billionaire painted a truly disturbing picture of the United States facing a period of bloodshed, murder on the streets, foreign terrorists just waiting to attack the country, widespread violence and a bold promise that all this mayhem would soon end – “soon” being when he is elected president, of course.
“Here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else,” Trump said at the beginning of his speech, right before he delved into a super-long speech that was nothing but a big steaming bowl of lies.
Here are some of the most baseless and misleading quotes from the business mogul’s address on Thursday night:
“Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement”
The statistics Trump chose for big cities, such as Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., were accurate, but his assertion that violent crime and homicide are way up across the country, is a more than a little misleading.
It's been a hard few weeks, in a hard few months, in a hard few years. Even so, don't let Trump lie to you... pic.twitter.com/801JbfR7o3— Annie Lowrey (@AnnieLowrey) July 21, 2016
In the last 25 years, violent crime rates in the U.S. have decreased by almost 50 percent, according to the FBI. Although the recent rise in homicides in some cities is concerning, it is not right to suggest the country is under a massive crime wave.
“The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year”
While the numbers are true, Trump conveniently failed to mention the annual number of cops killed on duty has dropped considerably over the last few decades, including during President Obama’s tenure.
You wouldn't guess it based on the words of Trump's speech, but here's the trend in Law Enforcement Officer deaths: pic.twitter.com/N8aJYZcnrW— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) July 22, 2016
He also ignored the fact that only 31 officers have died in duty so far this year, while police have killed 599 civilians so far – a number whom were either unarmed or belonged to a minority community.
“America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world”
The United States is neither the highest-taxed nation nor one of the-highest-taxed nations in the world. In fact, it is one of the lowest-taxed countries, where – according to a 2014 study – middle-class households pay lower tax rates than they did in 1996.
Further proof of America's status as a low-tax country would come from Donald Trump's own tax returns, if he would just release them!— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) July 22, 2016
The country, however, has the highest statutory corporate tax rate, which is not the same as being the highest-taxed country.
“In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map”
This is not the first time the former reality TV star has implied his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is responsible for creating ISIS.
“In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map,” he said. “Libya was cooperating. Egypt was peaceful. Iraq was seeing a reduction in violence. Iran was being choked by sanctions. Syria was under control.”
In truth, the roots of ISIS trace back to 2004, way before Clinton became the secretary of state.
“Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000”
As The Washington Post reports, the most recent analysis shows “median annual household income in June was $57,206, slightly below the income of $57,826 in January 2000, in 2016 dollars.”
It means Trump’s statistic was off by… well, $3,400.
MORE FACTS:— Rob Hedrick (@DCRobTV) July 22, 2016
Median Household Income:
Jan 2000: $57,826
June 2016: $57,206
so Trump was off by $3400
“President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion and growing”
The national debt has considerably gone up in past 8 years, but most of it is attributable to the 2008 recession, which took place before Obama took the office.
Total public debt in the first quarter of 2009 was $11.2 trillion, which rose to $19.3 trillion by quarter one of 2016. While huge, it has not doubled.
“Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim Brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control”
.@realDonaldTrump “Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim brotherhood IN AN ELECTION, forcing the military to retake control IN A COUP”— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) July 22, 2016
The Egyptian revolution of 2011, which overthrew longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak, ushered in an era of political upheaval and instability in the country. However, the country was generally more stable and less violent than it is today.
“There’s no way to screen [Syrian] refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from.”
Application process for refugees entering the United States is extremely long and detailed.
Trump says there is no way to screen Syrian refugees. Um, sorry Trump doesn't know about the MASSIVE screening process, but it DOES EXIST.— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 22, 2016
Applicants have to submit their birth certificates, school report cards, identification cards, driver’s licenses, passports, and even old utility bills. If anything, refugees who resettled America have a nearly spotless record.