The 2020 Election Collections: Claims About Donald Trump

A collection of misinformation and rumors around the 45th president of the United States.

30 Articles
  • Published 25 September 2020
30 Articles
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No, there isn’t always a tweet. Since the 2016 presidential campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump has been the focus of American political life. Hoaxes, misinformation, and claims abound on all platforms — including those about him.

Was Trump Carrying a Concealed Oxygen Concentrator When He Boarded Marine One?

The timeline of Trump's diagnosis and treatment for COVID-19 as provided by officials has been inconsistent, giving rise to conspiracy theories.

False
Did Obama Get Caught ‘Spying’ on Trump’s 2016 Campaign?

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed his predecessor, or unidentified political opponents, "spied on our campaign illegally" numerous times.

Mostly False
Did Trump Inherit a ‘Depleted’ Stockpile of Ventilators From Obama?

U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly tried to buck the blame for the “empty cupboards” of federal emergency medical supplies.

Mostly False
Did Trump Say of Women, ‘You Have To Treat ‘Em Like Shit’?

Claims about the president's past pronouncements reemerged in August 2020, when Joe Biden named Kamala Harris as his running mate.

Correct Attribution
Did Chris Christie Advise Trump to Provoke Biden’s Stutter in Debates?

Widely shared social media posts, based on news reports, accused the former New Jersey governor of dirty tricks.

Unproven
Did Trump Criticize Obama Because He Was ‘Unable to Negotiate with Congress’?

The president attempted to circumvent Congress in August 2020 to provide coronavirus relief in the absence of a broad agreement with Congress.

True
Did Trump Vow to ‘Terminate’ Social Security?

The president articulated several different plans for payroll taxes during a press conference at his golf club in August 2020.

Mixture
Did Trump Hold the Bible Upside Down?

All eyes were on the president as he appeared for a photo opp amid widespread anti-police-brutality protests in June 2020.

False
Where Did President Trump Donate His Salary?

A list of announced recipients of U.S. President Donald Trump’s donated paychecks since January 2017.

News
Did Trump Call USPS ‘Most Corrupt and Anti-American Way of Voting’?

The U.S. president has expressed many (and varied) feelings about mail-in voting.

False
Did Trump Say ‘Nobody Likes Me’?

During a White House press briefing, the president compared his approval ratings with those of fellow members of the coronavirus task force.

Correct Attribution
Did Trump Tweet That the Confederate Flag Is a ‘Symbol of Love’?

Confederate flags, monuments and military base names have become a national flashpoint since the death of George Floyd.

False
Has Trump Suggested He Wants His Image on Mount Rushmore?

Apparently the U.S. president has discussed the subject in both seriousness and in jest.

True
Donald Trump’s ‘Quiet Acts of Random Kindness’

A viral Facebook post recounted several supposed gestures of generosity by the U.S. president.

Mostly True
Was Trump ‘Campaign Ad’ Banned by YouTube and Facebook?

Seems odd to describe a video as "banned" while watching it on the platform that supposedly banned it.

False
Did the White House Alter Trump Rally Photos To Show More Attendees?

The viral photos surfaced after Trump's July 31, 2020, tarmac speech in Tampa.

False
Was Trump Caught on Hot Mic Insulting His Supporters?

Hot mic videos are always popular, but not always accurate.

False
Does Image Show Police Officer in ‘Trump’s America’?

Police tactics at 2020 protests sparked outrage, controversy, debate, and, of course, rumors.

False
Did Reagan Foundation Tell Trump Campaign to Stop Using His Likeness for Fundraising?

A fundraising email advertised a coin with Reagan's likeness on it.

True
Did a Trump Campaign Ad Use a Photo from Ukraine of Protesters Hitting Police?

The United States is not the only country that has seen violent clashes between police and protesters.

True
Does This Photo Show a Full Crowd at Trump’s Tulsa Rally?

According to the Tulsa Fire Department, a little over 6,000 people showed up for Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Miscaptioned
Did Trump Say People Who Didn’t Attend His Rally Should Be Arrested?

TikTok users and K-pop music fans claimed to have registered hundreds of thousands of tickets for Trump’s campaign rally as a prank.

False
Hitler and Trump: Common Slogans?

Various images attempted to connect Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler through slogans promising to make their respective countries "great again."

Mixture
Did Trump Post a Video with Biden Logo on a Coffin?

A video posted to U.S. President Donald Trump's Facebook page drew instant criticism.

True
Was Donald Trump Born in Pakistan?

A spoof conspiracy theory holds that Donald Trump was born in the country of Pakistan and not in the United States.

False
Is the White House Gift Shop Selling a ‘Trump Defeats COVID-19’ Coin?

Question is whether the coin comes from an official government gift shop.

Mostly False
Does Trump Weigh 322 Pounds?

U.S. President Donald Trump's weight and general health were a concern after he tested positive for COVID-19 in the fall of 2020.

False
Did a Twitter User Predict Trump’s COVID-19 Announcement?

A widely shared tweet, supposedly written in mid-September, predicted that "Trump’s October surprise will be the announcement of 'his infection.'"

Correct Attribution
Were These Bikers Praying for Trump at Walter Reed?

The president of the United States was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19.

Miscaptioned
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