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Double Check: Fact Checking Joe Biden's ABC Town Hall

Double Check: Fact Checking President Trump's NBC Town Hall

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden both held individual Town Hall events last night in lieu of their previously planned head to head debate. Below are a selection of our fact checks from Joe Biden's event, hosted by ABC. We have also released a roundup of fact checks from President Trump's event here.

 

 

Biden: I managed the Recovery Act and I was able to invest billions of dollars into bringing down the cost per BTU of wind and solar. Now it's cheaper than coal and it's cheaper than oil right now.

PARTLY TRUE

The Obama-Biden administration made significant strides in growing renewable energy, but coal and oil remain cheaper in some states.

In the aftermath of the 2008 economic collapse, President Barack Obama and the then-Vice President Joe Biden launched an $800 billion stimulus package, of which approximately $90 billion was marked for clean energy that significantly improved the growth of renewable energy across the U.S. However, in some parts of the country which do not have renewable energy facilities, fossil fuels are less expensive than renewables.

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When 17 major nations were asked who they trust more, who is a better leader, the President came behind Putin and Xi in the national survey.

TRUE

Across 32 countries surveyed, a median average of 64 percent of the population say they do not have confidence in Trump to do the right thing in world affairs, while just 29 percent expressed confidence in him. A handful of U.S. allies including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Australia gave their lowest favorable view of the U.S. on record since Pew began its polling two decades ago.

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Voter: The Trump administration has attacked the rights of transgender people - banning them from military service, weakening non-discrimination protection and even removing the word transgender from some government websites.

During the ABC town hall of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Mieke Haeck, a mother whose daughter is transgender, claimed “The Trump administration has attacked the rights of transgender people, banning them from military service, weakening nondiscriminatory protection and even removing the word 'transgender' from some government websites.”

Haeck’s assertions are true. In Jan 2017, shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as President, news broke that LGBTQ content had been removed from the US Department of State website. The Washington Post reported that several social issues had disappeared from the WhiteHouse.gov site, including a page dedicated to LGBT rights and a report on the Labor Department’s website on LGBT workers' rights.

A slew of policy changes and regulations spanning various government departments have been introduced since Trump assumed office in Jan. 2017. The shifts align with the President’s religious and socially conservative outlook and have left transgender people more vulnerable to discrimination.

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Beau Biden passed the first transgender law in the state of Delaware.

MISLEADING

 

The Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act was passed by the Delaware Senate and signed into law by the then governor. Beau Biden, who was at the time the Delaware Attorney General, publicly supported it. However, claiming that Beau Biden was in any way responsible for the passage of the law is a significant stretch.

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It took a long time for him to institute the [Defense Production] act and get ventilators.

TRUE

Hospitals and other medical facilities urgently requested more ventilators starting in February, however Trump didn't invoke the DPA until April.

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One in five minority businesses closed.

PARTLY TRUE

Businesses owned by minorities faced significantly more temporary disclosures than non-minority businesses amid the pandemic, however the specific figures are not clear, and Biden did not specify whether he was talking about temporary or permanent closures.

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Trump is the only president impeached and have a member of his own party vote to expel him

TRUE

During the impeachment trial, Romney said that he would vote against the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, arguing that House Democrats had failed to exhaust their legal options for securing testimony and other evidence. But he said that Democrats had proven their first charge, that the president had misused his office in a bid to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for political reasons. Romney became the first senator in US history to vote to remove a president of his own party in a Senate impeachment trial.

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“You have 91 out of the Fortune 500 companies not paying a single solitary penny” in corporate taxes.

TRUE

91 corporations from the Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, Chevron, Halliburton, and IBM, did not pay federal income taxes on their 2018 U.S. income, according to data compiled by the Institute on Taxation and Progressive Policy. That included companies that reduced their tax liability through deductions for investment, a key aim of the tax cuts that President Trump signed into law in 2017. Amazon, for example, projected paying no federal income taxes for 2017 and 2018, but it did project paying taxes for 2019.

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