Here are some of the misleading claims made in this ad flash.
In one of his advertisements, Biden says that Trump “is proposing to cut a tax that pays almost half [of] Social security without making up for this loss of revenue. ”
Facts first: Although Trump has proposed abolishing the payroll tax, his comments have been confusing. He said he would give up any deferred income tax and also eliminate the tax entirely. Trump has suggested that economic growth would cover the cost of removing the tax, which is highly dubious.
“End of wage tax”
In a press conference on Aug. 12, Trump said if he were re-elected, “we will end the payroll tax. So that means between $ 5,000 and more per family.”
At the beginning of the press conference, Trump said that if he was elected, he would “fully and completely forgive all deferred income taxes without affecting social security in any way – the money will come from the general fund”.
Fox News’ John Roberts later asked Trump, “If you permanently waive income tax, how will you pay for Social Security?”
Trump later said “we’re taking it out of the general fund” and suggested that “huge” economic growth would cover the loss of wage taxes.
Additionally, only Congress can cancel the payroll tax, and it is unclear how Trump would get rid of the tax by the end of the year, given that the House is under Democratic control and it is difficult to get Senate Republicans on such a proposal.
‘Shut it down’
“Why should we ever let Biden kill myriad American businesses, jobs, and our economic future?” The display continues.
Facts first: It is misleading. Biden answered a hypothetical scenario and did not propose a national shutdown.
The clip is from an ABC interview on Aug. 21 asking Biden what he would do if experts told him to close the country if he were president. Biden said, “I would turn it off. I would listen to the scientists.”
Biden did not suggest closing the US now. In addition, the president cannot unilaterally close the country. They can offer guidance and take other action, but their power to control what restrictions states have put in place is limited.
CNN’s Tara Subramaniam contributed to this article.