WASHINGTON — During a rally in Arizona on Saturday, former President Donald J. Trump repeated his lie that the 2020 election was stolen and made other false claims about the pandemic and the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 last year. Here’s a fact check.
What Mr. Trump Said
“The left is now rationing lifesaving therapeutics based on race, discriminating against and denigrating, just denigrating, white people to determine who lives and who dies. If you’re white, you don’t get the vaccine, or if you’re white, you don’t get therapeutics.”
False. There is no evidence to suggest that white Americans are denied access to vaccines and treatments.
Mr. Trump referred to a Wall Street Journal opinion column criticizing New York State’s guidelines on two limited antiviral treatments that ask health providers to prioritize the therapies for immunocompromised patients and those with risk factors. The guidelines, which were released in late December, said, “Nonwhite race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19.”
State officials have defended the guidelines by citing data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This data shows that Covid-19 is more common in Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans than it is in white Americans. A spokeswoman for New York State’s Department of Health told Fox News that race did not disqualify patients from treatment but that the guidelines instead considered race as one risk factor.
New York City’s white residents are more likely be vaccinated than those of African descent. This is consistent with most other parts of the country.
What Mr. Trump Said
“Why did Nancy Pelosi and the Capitol Police reject the more than 10,000 National Guard troops or soldiers that I authorized to help control the enormous crowd that I knew was coming?”
False. There is no evidence Mr. Trump ever requested 10,000 National Guard troops. Speaker Nancy Pelosi also rejected such a request. The National Guard is not under the control or the control of the speaker of the House.
Vanity Fair reported that Mr. Trump had floated the 10,000 figure to the acting defense secretary at the time, Christopher C. Miller, the night before Jan. 6, 2021, when Mr. Trump’s loyalists stormed the Capitol in a bid to stop the certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s election victory. According to Miller Mr. Trump had suggested that 10,000 National Guard soldiers were needed to control the crowd he envisioned for his rally that day.
However, it is not known if Mr. Trump made that request. The Pentagon’s timeline of events leading up to the riot notes that the Defense Department reviewed a plan to activate 340 members of the District of Columbia’s National Guard, “if asked.” But the timeline makes no mention of a request of 10,000 troops by Mr. Trump. The Pentagon inspector general did not report on the breach. Instead, he referred to Mr. Trump’s claims that his Jan. 6 rally was conducted safely. A Pentagon spokesman also told The Washington Post that it had “no record of such an order being given.”
What Mr. Trump Said
“So we lost, they say, by 10,000 and yet they flagged more than — listen to these numbers — 57,000 highly suspicious ballots for further investigation, one. 23,344 mail-in ballots were counted despite the person no longer living at that address — little, little problem. Five thousand people appear to have voted in more than one county.”
The Jan. 6 Inquiry: Key Figures
False. Trump won Arizona by approximately 10,500 votes. However, his claim that there were tens of thousand of fraudulent votes is bogus. These numbers are based upon a report by Cyber Ninjas (a company that Republicans hired to examine the state’s voting system).
Election officials have saidThe company’s claims do not prove fraud. Cyber Ninjas discovered that tens to thousands of voters did NOT live at addresses in a particular commercial database. But election officials have pointed out that military personnel, college students, or vacation homeowners could have addresses other than those in the database. Similarly, the company’s claims of double voting could be explained by the mere fact that many Arizona residents have the same name or birth year.
Cyber Ninjas failed to prove that Mr. Trump won Arizona. Instead, it found that Mr. Biden had 99 more votes in Maricopa County (which includes Phoenix) and Mr. Trump had 261 less votes.
Source: NY Times