CNN journalist Daniel Dale fact-checked the numerous lies told at the Republican National Convention during its third night.
Dale cited falsehoods told by Vice President Mike Pence (falsely claimed President Donald Trump created Veteran’s Choice which Obama signed in 2014) Eric Trump’s wife Lara Trump (cited a fake Abraham Lincoln quote and old unemployment numbers), Burgess Owens (falsely claimed Democrats support Nazi policies) and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany (falsely claimed Trump stands by Americans with pre-existing conditions).
The Week also noted Lara’s false Lincoln quote:
Last year, a Facebook meme crediting Lincoln with that statement went viral in right-wing circles, but both PolitiFact and Snopes have debunked it. Lincoln historian Christian McWhirter said this is a “corruption” of something Lincoln said about “the perpetuation of our political institutions” during a speech delivered in Springfield, Illinois, on Jan. 27, 1838.
Pence also praised Trump’s failed leadership on COVID-19, which has killed more than 177,000 Americans in a matter of months, reports AFP: “We are slowing the spread, we are protecting the vulnerable, we are saving lives, and we are opening up America again.“