Fact Checking The 2020 State Of The Union Address

Headline Roundup February 5th, 2020

Media from the right, left and center check the facts on claims President Trump made regarding jobs, wealth and wages during Tuesday night's State of the Union Address.

Fact Checking The 2020 State Of The Union Address

From the Center
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FACT CHECK

To hear President Trump tell it in his State of the Union speech Tuesday, he rescued a declining, hollowed-out economy from ruin to create the greatest era of prosperity in U.S. history.

Trump has presided over a solid economy since taking office in 2017 but mischaracterized the state of the economy under President Obama and overstated his accomplishments. In truth, the economy has mounted a steady recovery since the Great Recession of 2007-09, marking the longest expansion in American history.

“You have seen a continuation of the trend,” says Elise...

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From the Left
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FACT CHECK

President Trump’s State of the Union speech once again was chock-full of stretched facts and dubious figures. Many of these claims have been fact-checked repeatedly, yet the president persists in using them. Here, in the order in which he made them, are 31 statements by the president.

As is our practice with live events, we do not award Pinocchio ratings, which are reserved for complete columns.

“I am thrilled to report to you tonight that our economy is the best it has ever been.”

The president can certainly brag about...

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From the Right
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FACT CHECK

President Donald Trump used his 2020 State of the Union address to boast about the incredible labor market that has prevailed during his presidency.

The unemployment level has fallen to the lowest level in 50 years. And the unemployment levels for blacks, Hispanics, women, and many other groups has fallen to the lowest level in decades.

Here are Trump’s claims in the SOTU followed by charts demonstrating the amazingly low levels of unemployment the American economy achieved.

“The unemployment rate for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans has reached...

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