PolitiFact fact-checkers keep tabs on GOP convention speakers

Day 2 of the Republican convention in Cleveland has wound down.

But those non-partisan fact-checkers at PolitiFact are still on the job at the GOP convention in Cleveland, trying to parse political truth from fiction.

Want to see how Republican speakers fared? Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said this:

Hillary Clinton “said all work-related emails were sent back to the State Department. The FBI director said, that’s not true.”

The FBI did indeed discover that work-related emails had been deleted by Clinton’s lawyers.

That despite her insistence, still posted on her website, that she included all emails “that were even potentially work-related.”

We rate Christie’s statements as True.

Chris Christie als0 said this:

“(Clinton) called President Assad a ‘reformer.’ She called Assad a ‘different kind of leader.’ “

She did use those words, mostly, but there is more to the story. When she used the word “reformer,” Clinton was referencing the opinions of members of Congress who had interacted with the Syrian president and hoped he represented change for the country.

And she said, “There is a different leader in Syria now,” and not “a different kind of leader.”

Christie is taking quotes by Clinton out of context, and ignoring historical events that followed, when Clinton denounced Assad and called for his exit.

We rate this statement Half True.

U.S. Sen. Mitchell McConnell said this:

Hillary Clinton “lied about why her parents named her Hillary.”

Clinton certainly said in 1995 that she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary.

But Clinton was born a few years before the mountain climber became famous.

However, McConnell fails to note that a spokeswoman eventually said the story was told to her by Clinton’s mother to inspire her.

McConnell’s claim is partially accurate but lacks important context.

We rate it Half True.

Donald Trump Jr. said this:

Hillary Clinton is proposing “destroying Medicare for seniors.”

Clinton is certainly not proposing that in a literal sense.

Experts we contacted agreed that her actual policy proposals are ambitious but were hardly a dagger at the heart of the program.

She does want to make Medicare an option for those between 55 and 65. Very controversial

Still, we rate young Trump’s claim False.

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