A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Video: SOTU and the Democratic Response

Video: SOTU and the Democratic Response

We fact-check several claims from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, and one from the Democratic response, in this video.

Omar’s State of the Union Trivia Tweet

Omar’s State of the Union Trivia Tweet

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar asked on Twitter: “Have we ever had an impeached President, deliver the State of the Union address while he is on trial in the Senate?” Answer: Yes. President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Super Bowl Ads from Trump and Bloomberg

Super Bowl Ads from Trump and Bloomberg

The campaigns of President Donald Trump and Democrat Mike Bloomberg have purchased airtime during the preeminent TV ad event of the year: the Super Bowl. Both scheduled spots make claims that require context or further explanation.

Buttigieg Gives Trump Too Much Blame for Debt

Buttigieg Gives Trump Too Much Blame for Debt

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg blamed tax cuts backed by President Trump for creating the nation’s debt problem. But while those tax cuts are worsening the nation’s debt, spiraling deficits and debt over the next decade were projected even before those tax cuts were enacted.

Trump’s False Tweet on Bolton

Trump’s False Tweet on Bolton

President Donald Trump falsely claimed in a tweet that the House Democrats “never even asked John Bolton to testify” in their impeachment inquiry. The Democrats asked, but Bolton refused to voluntarily appear.

Pelosi’s Impeachment Pens Aren’t 18-Karat Gold

Pelosi’s Impeachment Pens Aren’t 18-Karat Gold

Claims spreading online say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used expensive pens, or ones made of gold, to sign the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Actually, the pens, which are made mostly of brass, have a suggested retail value of about $20.

Social Media Posts Spread Bogus Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

Social Media Posts Spread Bogus Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

Multiple social media posts are spreading a bogus conspiracy theory about the deadly Wuhan virus. The posts falsely claim that the virus has been patented and a vaccine is already available. That’s not true; the patents the posts refer to pertain to different viruses.