Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the folks who successfully got the Super Bowl to come back to Atlanta.
They all took a recent ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter, courtesy of PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia.
Want to see how they fared? Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below.
Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com/georgia/.
Video for Atlanta Super Bowl bid presentation on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016:
“Our population has grown from about 1 million in the 1970s to almost 7 million today.”
You could make that case for the broadest possible definition of Atlanta — if you add Columbus into the equation. But who does that?
The 20-county area most people consider the broad definition of Atlanta is about 5.7 million and will not reach 7 million for another 14 years.
It’s true that metro Atlanta’s population has soared since the 1970s. But it’s misleading to say the area now approaches 7 million people.
We rated the statement Half True.
Hillary Clinton on Sunday, June 5th, 2016, in a campaign speech:
“It is a fact that the economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House.”
Democratic presidents do have more gross domestic product growth than Republicans, according to quarterly GDP data dating to 1947.
But Clinton’s comments require several caveats. The current growth in the economy under President Barack Obama is lower than the Republican average.
Factors such as oil prices also reflect the higher GDP growth under Democratic presidents. On top of that, comparing one period of time to another or one president to another can be problematic.
We rated Clinton’s claim in Sacramento Half True.
Donald Trump on Sunday, June 5th, 2016, in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation”:
Says Judge Gonzalo Curiel “is a member of a club or society, very strongly pro-Mexican.”
The California La Raza Lawyers Association does advance the interests of the Latino legal community and works on issues that matter in Latino communities more broadly.
However, it has stayed on the sidelines in the immigration debate. The one exception is one letter from a dozen years ago that objected to a television show on the grounds that the program encouraged people to enter the country without documentation. The group’s rare court filings focus on civil rights in general.
Trump’s statement is accurate only in the sense that the association’s mission aims to support Latinos, but even that is flawed because he said the group was pro-Mexican and the Latino designation reaches a wider set of people. The claim ignores critical facts that would give a very different impression.
We rate Trump’s statement Mostly False.
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