From @politifact

  • Did ex-intelligence chief Clapper say FBI spied on Trump campaign? No

    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Did ex-intelligence chief Clapper say FBI spied on Trump campaign? No

    President Donald Trump has hinted that the Obama administration inserted a mole in his presidential campaign to undercut his candidacy. In an early morning tweet, he offered what seemed to be proof, from none other than former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. In a tweet, Trump appeared to quote Clapper as saying, "Trump should be happy that the FBI was SPYING on his...


  • Senate Democrats flub stat on increase of gas prices this year

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Senate Democrats flub stat on increase of gas prices this year

      Cable news is focused on the investigations surrounding President Donald Trump, but there’s an issue of intense interest to many Americans that has gotten relatively little media play recently — a rise in prices at the pump. On May 23, Senate Democrats tried to change the media narrative by holding a news event at a gas station near Capitol Hill. The Senate Democrats’ collective Twitter...


  • Is the Mueller probe costing $20 million, as Donald Trump says?

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Is the Mueller probe costing $20 million, as Donald Trump says?

    President Donald Trump has criticized the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller on a variety of grounds. In a recent tweet, he took it to task for its price tag. On May 20, he tweeted: "At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no...


  • Is the minimum wage worth less now than 50 years ago?

    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Is the minimum wage worth less now than 50 years ago?

    Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., took to Twitter recently to tout her support for a $15 minimum wage. In the tweet, Smith wrote that "one of the proudest things I did" as lieutenant governor serving under Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton was helping to raise Minnesota’s state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. "Now, I’m proud to back a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024," she wrote, referring to a...


  • No links between Ritalin and school shootings, as NRA's Oliver North claimed

    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | No links between Ritalin and school shootings, as NRA's Oliver North claimed

    The National Rifle Association’s new president, Oliver North, deflected attention off guns and onto medication in the wake of the latest school shooting. "The problem that we got is we are trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease," North said. "The disease in this case isn't the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture...


  • Mo Brooks' incomplete comments on Antarctic ice

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Mo Brooks' incomplete comments on Antarctic ice

    It’s not every day that a hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee goes viral, but that’s what happened on May 16, 2018, when a Republican lawmaker questioned aspects of climate change. The most frequently shared exchange from the hearing involved Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and a witness, Phil Duffy, the president and executive director of the Woods Hole Research Center. At one point,...


  • No, Maxine Waters' comment to Anderson Cooper in meme is made up

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, Maxine Waters' comment to Anderson Cooper in meme is made up

    Maxine Waters may be just one of 435 members of Congress, but President Donald Trump has elevated the profile of the California Democrat. In March, at a campaign rally in southwestern Pennsylvania, Trump called Waters — a fierce opponent and the president’s ideological opposite — "a very low-I.Q. individual." "You ever see her?" Trump continued, to boos aimed at Waters. "You ever seen...


  • Is Mike Pence right that religion is gaining new life in US?

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Is Mike Pence right that religion is gaining new life in US?

    Speaking at a commencement ceremony at Hillsdale College in Michigan, Vice President Mike Pence told the graduates that religion in the United States is going strong. "The percentage of Americans who live out their religion on a weekly basis — praying, going to church, reading and believing in the Bible — has remained remarkably consistent over the decades, even as the population of the United...


  • Donald Trump exaggerates on number of MS-13 gang members deported

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump exaggerates on number of MS-13 gang members deported

    In a ceremony honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, President Donald Trump underlined the threat of MS-13 gang members and his administration’s efforts to deport them. "Recently, MS-13 gang members called for the assassination of New York City police officers so the gang could quote, ‘take back the streets.’ They got it wrong. We are the ones who are taking back...


  • Is a police officer assaulted every 10 minutes in the United States, as Donald Trump said?

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Is a police officer assaulted every 10 minutes in the United States, as Donald Trump said?

    President Donald Trump lamented the number of assaults on police officers at a ceremony honoring fallen officers on Capitol Hill. "In 2016, an officer was assaulted in America on an average of every 10 minutes, can you believe that?" Trump said on May 15, 2018. "It's outrageous, and it’s unacceptable. We must end the attacks on our police, and we must end them...


  • Patrick Morrisey says Joe Manchin won't budge on Obamacare, ignoring bipartisan efforts

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Patrick Morrisey says Joe Manchin won't budge on Obamacare, ignoring bipartisan efforts

    As the general election for the seat held by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., heated up, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey took a shot in a radio interview with Breitbart, saying Manchin too often stands against President Donald Trump, who remains popular in the state. Referring to Trump’s appointee to the Supreme Court, Morrisey said, "If Joe Manchin had his...


  • Patrick Morrisey cherry-picks Joe Manchin's votes on Trump Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Patrick Morrisey cherry-picks Joe Manchin's votes on Trump Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch

    Fresh off a primary victory in West Virginia’s U.S. Senate contest, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey took a shot at his opponent in the general election in a radio interview with Breitbart, saying Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin too often stands against President Donald Trump. Referring to Trump’s appointee to the Supreme Court, Morrisey said, "If Joe Manchin...