NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–June 13, 2016. In response to Donald Trump’s troubling national security speech, HFA Chair John Podesta released the following statement:
“Donald Trump’s speech offered some disturbing insights into the dangers of a Trump White House. Nothing in his rambling remarks came close to resembling a real strategy for fighting terrorists and keeping our people safe. Indeed nothing in his speech would have done anything to stop this killer. Prejudice, paranoia and partisanship are not a plan, and will not protect anyone.”
In addition, Trump took numerous liberties with the truth about about yesterday’s tragedy, immigrant communities, and Hillary Clinton’s record. See what reporters and pundits were saying about the veracity of his remarks during Trump’s speech today:
Jenna Johnson @wpjenna: In terror speech, Donald Trump made it sound like the Orlando shooter was born in Afghanistan. He was born in New York.
((Spencer Ackerman)) @attackerman: Like Trump, the Orlando killer is from Queens.
Matt Viser @mviser: Donald Trump says the Orlando killer was “born in Afghan.” Not only is that not a country, but he was born in New York
Matt Viser @mviser: Trump’s prepared remarks were correct. When he ad-libbed he incorrectly said killer was born in “Afghan.”
Mark Murray @mmurraypolitics: Trump is making Orlando about immigration and Muslim ban in his speech right now. But the shooter was a U.S. citizen born in United States
Trip Gabriel @tripgabriel: Trump statement the shooter was ‘born an Afghan’ even though he was born in US recalls Curiel ‘Mexican’ comment & even his Obama birtherism
Josh Rogin @joshrogin: Trump is 100% wrong to say Hillary wants to “hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East with no system to vet them.”
Jamelle Bouie @jbouie: Yep, Trump’s claim is a complete falsehood.
Benjy Sarlin @BenjySarlin: Both the number and the vetting claim is completely wrong
Norman Ornstein @NormOrnstein: Trump just makes things up. The numbers, the lack of any screening.
John Fritze @jfritze: Trump describes “tremendous flow” of Syrian refugees into U.S. The # of Syrians admitted into U.S. in FY16 = 2,805.
Karen Tumulty @ktumulty: Trump says tremendous flow of Syrian refugees to US. Only about 1,300, compared to estimated half-million from all over who overstay visas.
Ben Jacobs @Bencjacobs: Trump: we have to stop tremendous flow of Syrian refugees into the United States
Sam Frizell @Sam_Frizell: Fact check: False
Tom Wright @thomaswright08: Trump in September 2015: Syria crisis “so horrible” that US should accept some Syrian refugees
Josh Rogin @joshrogin: Trump wrong again: NATO has been engaged in the fight against terrorism for many years, including in Afghanistan.
adam nagourney @adamnagourney: Fact checking Trump on San Bernardino: there is no evidence of people knowing what was going on with the shooters and keeping silent.
Glenn Kessler @GlennKesslerWP: Trump wanted to topple Gaddafi too. https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/trump-claims-he-didnt-support-libya-intervention-but-he-did?utm_term=.ad4lvaP07#.ofd9Dwb0e …
James Hohmann @jameshohmann: Trump refers to “Hillary’s war in Libya…”
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb: Trump criticizing the Libyan intervention (again) that he supported.
Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Prevent Gun Violence
Michael Barbaro @mikiebarb: Fact check: Hillary Clinton has not called for “abolishing the Second Amendment” as Trump just said.
David Corn @DavidCornDC: Trump says HRC wants to ban guns and take all guns away from all law-abiding citizens. Fact-check, anyone?
Jose A. DelReal @jdelreal: It’s necessary to point out that Trump does not support marriage equality for gay men and women; Clinton does.
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