Fact check: Trump makes numerous false claims at Cincinnati rally

Updated: Aug 8, 2019



President Donald Trump's rally speech in Cincinnati on Thursday was littered with false claims, several of them egregious, several of them trivial, and most of them repeated from previous remarks.


We're still checking some of what he said to come up with a full tally for the 79-minute address and will update the story with more false claims.


"The previous administration, they liked windmills. You know windmills: if a windmill is within two miles of your house, your house is practically worthless."


Facts First: While some homes might fall in value when turbines are erected close by, studies in the US have not found that homes generally become anywhere close to "practically worthless" in such cases and some have found no significant decline at all.


A 2016 study published in the Journal of Real Estate Research, for example, analyzed "more than 122,000 home sales, between 1998 and 2012, that occurred near (within 10 miles) 41 turbines in densely populated Massachusetts communities." The study found "no unique impact on the rate of home sales near wind turbines.


"We're replacing random migration and we're replacing the lottery system. How about the lottery system? How about lotteries? This was Chuck Schumer: you put the name in a basket.


The country puts the name in the basket. And you pick people out of the lottery. 'Well, let's see, this one's a murderer. This one robbed four banks, this one ... I'd better, not say ... this one, another murderer, ladies and gentlemen, another murderer."

Facts First: Almost everything Trump said here was inaccurate. Foreign countries don't enter people into the green card lottery conducted by the State Department, let alone deliberately enter their criminals and problem citizens. Individuals enter on their own because they want to immigrate.


"The greatest betrayal committed by the Democrats is their support for open borders.


And these open borders would overwhelm schools and hospitals, drain public services and flood communities with poisonous drugs."


Facts First: This is misleading. Some Democrats, including presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro, have advocated a significant loosening of immigration law, including a decriminalization of the act of illegally crossing the border. But none of them have proposed literally opening the border to unrestricted migration.


During the Trump era, Democrats have voted for billions of dollars worth of border fencing and other border security measures. In 2018, Democratic leaders offered Trump $25 billion for border security in exchange for a path to citizenship for the "DREAMers," young undocumented immigrants brought to the US illegally as children. The bill was ultimately rejected in the Senate following severe opposition from the White House.


Facts First: This claim is undercut by Trump's actions and those of congressional Republicans during his presidency.


We usually don't fact-check promises, but this one has already proved untrue. Trump's administratio