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FactChecking Trump’s Town Hall

FactChecking Trump’s Town Hall

In an Oct. 15 town hall on NBC News, President Donald Trump made false and misleading claims on the coronavirus, the economy and more.

Social Security Didn’t Stop Mailing Checks ‘Because It’s Not Secure’

Social Security Didn’t Stop Mailing Checks ‘Because It’s Not Secure’

A social media post claims that Social Security checks have not been sent by mail “since 2013 because it’s not secure.” The Social Security Administration required electronic payment transfers in compliance with a 1996 federal law — not due to security concerns. Even so, about 850,000 checks are still mailed each month.

Ginsburg Didn’t Tweet About Hillary Clinton

Ginsburg Didn’t Tweet About Hillary Clinton

An image of a bogus tweet supposedly from the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about Hillary Clinton began circulating after Ginsburg’s death. Ginsburg does not have a personal Twitter account, and did not author the tweet claiming knowledge of “information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.”

Posts Falsely Claim Wallace Mistook ‘Automotive Belt for a Noose’

Posts Falsely Claim Wallace Mistook ‘Automotive Belt for a Noose’

A Facebook post posing as a news story falsely claims that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace had mistaken an automotive belt in his garage for a noose, citing a June 21 NASCAR statement as its source. In fact, the NASCAR statement issued that day said nothing about an automotive belt or Wallace being “mistaken.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Did Not Post Conspiratorial Tweet

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Did Not Post Conspiratorial Tweet

A tweet that suggests a conspiratorial “pattern” — from the protests over George Floyd’s death, to the pandemic, to the presidential impeachment, to the 2016 election – is being falsely attributed to former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The tweet is actually from an unverified Twitter account that misspelled her name.