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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

State of Bullsh*t Address: 2018

TRUMP: "We enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history."
THE FACTS: No truer now than in the countless other times he has said the same - The December tax overhaul ranks behind Ronald Reagan's in the early 1980s, post-World War II tax cuts and at least several more.

TRUMP: "After years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages."
THE FACTS: Actually, they are not rising any faster than they have before. Average hourly pay rose 2.5 percent in 2017, slightly slower than the 2.9 percent increase recorded in 2016 under President Barack Obama.

TRUMP: "For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities."
THE FACTS: Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama doubled the ranks of Border Patrol. Bush extended fencing to cover one-third of the border. Obama deported over 2 million, more than in previous administrations.

TRUMP: "We repealed the core of the disastrous Obamacare — the individual mandate is now gone."
THE FACTS: No, it's not gone. It's going, in 2019. People who go without insurance this year are still subject to fines.