Trump Gets Fact-Checked On Debate Statements (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump got fact checked on several statements that he made during his first debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26 (video below).

"I was against the war in Iraq," Trump told debate moderator Lester Holt, notes Mediaite.com, but Trump was asked by radio host Howard Stern in 2002 if he supported invading Iraq, and replied, "Yeah, I guess so. I wish it was, I wish the first time it was done correctly."

During the debate, Trump claimed he had done the interview with Stern "very lightly," and then asserted that he told Fox News host Sean Hannity, a Trump supporter, privately that he opposed the war.

During another part of the debate, Clinton recalled: "This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs. And someone who has said, 'Pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers.'"

Mediaite.com notes that Trump denied making the remark about pregnancy, but actually did say it (twice) during an interview with NBC News in 2004:

Pregnancy is never, it's a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business. Whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person who that's running a business.

During a discussion about New York City's former "stop and frisk" policy, Holt said that the policy had been ruled unconstitutional because it singled out black and Hispanic young men, but Trump interrupted him:

No, you're wrong. It went before a judge who was a very-against-police judge. It was taken away from her, and our mayor, our new mayor, refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal. if you look at it, throughout the country there are many places where...

Law Newz notes that U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled in 2013 that "stop and frisk" was unconstitutional because it violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Scheindlin wrote in her ruling: "The Equal Protection Clause’s prohibition on selective enforcement means that suspicious blacks and Hispanics may not be treated differently by the police than equally suspicious whites."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did appeal the ruling to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which refused to reverse it. Trump was correct about Scheindlin being removed from the case. The city settled the case and dropped its policy.

(Note: Trump supports the Iraq War at the 1:45 mark of the first video.)

Sources: Mediaite.com (2), Law Newz / Photo credit: CNN via YouTube

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