He followed Biden inaccurately on issues such as gun control, border, tax planning, and pandemic response. CNN counted at least 10 false or misleading claims Trump made against his opponent.
Here’s a look at the president’s claims and the facts behind them.
Trump argued that Biden wants to “remove America̵
Trump suggested that Biden and Democrats want to destroy suburbs.
“They want to destroy your suburbs. You know that,” said Trump.
oil and gas
Trump argued that Biden had pledged to stop producing oil and coal.
“Biden has pledged to stop producing American oil, shale, clean coal and no fracking,” Trump said.
Biden’s written plan is to “ban new oil and gas permits to public land and waters,” and he promises to “put in place an enforcement mechanism to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest,” which is almost certain to be a substantial reduction in Oil and gas would require production.
There is at least one basis for Trump’s claim, however: During the Democratic primary, Biden sometimes suggested he wanted to get rid of all of the fracking.
Trump claimed Biden “supports cuts in police funding”.
Facts first: Biden expressly did not support calls to “defuse the police”. He has suggested that some funds could be used for social services, psychological counseling and affordable housing, but in July he commented on an activist. Biden then immediately moved on to his previous proposal to deny federal funding to certain police departments that do not meet certain standards.
Looting and riots
According to the President, Biden cheered the rioters on and called them “peaceful demonstrators”.
Trump said: “Biden voted for the Iraq war.”
Facts first: This requires context.
“Joe Biden’s plan to impose a blanket shutdown would collapse our economy,” Trump said.
Facts first: That is wrong and needs context. Trump refers to an interview in which Biden answered a hypothetical scenario and didn’t suggest a national shutdown.
During an ABC interview on Aug. 21, Biden was asked 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, presidents 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.
According to Trump, Biden said, “If he’s elected, the charter schools are gone.”
Facts first: This claim about charter schools is an exaggeration.
“Joe Biden rejects the Trump / DeVos concept of ‘school election’, which are vouchers for private schools that would destroy our public schools. He is also against for-profit and underperforming charter schools and believes in holding all charter schools accountable pull. He does this. ” no opposition to districts where parents can send their children to public magnet schools, high-performing public charters or traditional public schools, “a Biden spokesman said in an email last month.
“When I banned travel from China, Biden called it hysterical and xenophobic,” Trump claimed.
Facts first: Trump has never suspended all travel from China and it is unclear what Biden was referring to when attacking “Trump’s report on hysteria and xenophobia”.
Biden tax plan
After claiming that 2021 would be one of the best years economically, Trump added, “unless the wrong person gets in and quadruples everyone’s taxes”.
Facts first: Trump incorrectly describes Biden’s plan to collect taxes. Biden’s plan would increase taxes for people who earn more than $ 400,000 a year. He has promised not to collect taxes on those who earn less, though they may see an impact on his plan to raise the highest corporate tax rate.