Donald Trump has spoken, and the GOP convention in Cleveland is over.
But the non-partisan fact-checkers at PolitiFact are still on the job, trying to parse political truth from fiction.
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Trump said this:
“An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.”
Trump is correct that the law was pushed by Johnson.
And that religious groups that advocate for candidates risk losing their tax exempt status.
It’s important to note that the prohibition is not just restricted to religious institutions. It’s nonprofit charitable organizations in general.
We rate Trump’s statement as True.
Trump said this:
“Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.”
According to federal data, 925,000 immigrants had been ordered removed but were still in the country as of July 2015.
And an estimated 20 percent of them had at least one criminal conviction — Nearly all of whom were at large.
A little bit of context missing here —
Experts say some of those convicted criminals include people who failed to appear before a judge to argue their immigration case, and are not violent crime offenders.
We Trump’s statement Mostly True.
And then there was this from Trump:
”Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000.”
He’s right on the number.
But that number exaggerates the income trend under president Obama.
A majority of the decline since 2000 actually occurred under Bush.
The statement is pretty accurate. But it needs that bit additional information.
We rate it Mostly True.
And finally, this one from Trump:
”America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.”
If you believe that he meant the corporate tax rate, then Trump’s comment is pretty accurate.
However, he didn’t specify that distinction, and a reasonable listener could think that Trump meant taxes overall.
That would not be true for overall taxes.
We rate the claim Mostly False.
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