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Fact-checking the final Clinton-Trump debate

Did Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stick to or stray from the truth in their final debate? Here’s what fact-checkers found:


Trump cited as evidence of massive fraud a 2012 Pew Center study that estimated about 24 million, equal to one in every eight, voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are inaccurate.

The study found no evidence of fraud. It was about inadequate record-keeping. The one in eight voters had moved, died or were inactive voters. (PolitiFact)


Clinton said we lose 33,000 people a year to guns.

The number is correct, but it’s not all crime or accidents. More than 60 percent were from suicides. (Washington Post)


Trump said Clinton wants “open borders.” The charge arises from a WikiLeaks-published account of a Clinton speech.” The fuller context shows Clinton was talking about free trade, not immigration, and Clinton supports controls on both. (


Clinton accused Trump of hiring undocumented immigrants for real estate projects.

It was not Trump, but a contractor who hired undocumented laborers from Poland during the Trump Tower project. Trump has repeatedly claimed he was unaware the workers were in the country illegally. (PolitiFact)


Trump suggested that Clinton favors late-term abortions that an take place just two or three days before birth.

Clinton has said many times — including just before Trump’s statement — that she supports restrictions on abortions in the third trimester as long as there are exceptions for the life and health of the mother. It’s also a rare occurrence, and most states prohibit late-term abortions. (CBS News)


Calling Trump “very cavalier, even casual about the use of nuclear weapons,” she said he “has advocated more countries getting them. Japan. Korea. Even Saudi Arabia.”

Trump has on several occasions indicated an openness to other nations — specifically the ones Clinton mentioned — obtaining nuclear weapons. He says that would reduce the burden on the U.S. to protect such countries against regional threats. (Politico)


Trump denied that he said accusers weren’t attractive enough to interest him.

He sure implied it, saying of one, “Believe me, she would not be my first choice. That I can tell you. You don’t know. That would not be my first choice.” About another, derisively: “Look at her.” (Politico)


Clinton said 17 intelligence agencies “confirmed” Russia is trying to influence our election.

The head of the U.S. intelligence community has said publicly that the community is “confident that the Russian Government directed” the recent hacks, such as those at the Democratic National Committee and the emails of Clinton’s campaign chairman, in an attempt “to interfere with the US election process.” (ABC News)


Trump said that Clinton, who now opposes the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, once called it the “gold standard.”

That’s true. She says she changed her mind after she saw how a later version turned out. But she was enthusiastic about it before she was a candidate facing anti-TPP Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. (Politico)


Clinton said her overall plan “doesn’t add a penny to the debt.”

That’s not clear. Clinton’s planned tax increases would boost revenues by about $1.4 trillion over a decade, according to the Tax Policy Center. But she’s also proposed increasing spending on a handful of policy priorities, and it’s not clear how she would pay for all of her plans. (Politico)


Trump said the State Department lost $6 billion under Clinton.

This is a distortion of an inspector general’s report that cited missing paperwork, not missing funds. (Washington Post)


Clinton says Trump’s tax plan overwhelmingly helps the wealthy.

After-tax incomes for the top 1 percent of taxpayers would rise 10.2 to 19.9 percent under the Trump tax plan, if not more. (PolitiFact)


Answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump complained that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had insulted his supporters and was forced to apologize.

She denounced Trump as a “faker.” She later apologized, though she wasn’t “forced” to. She did not speak about his supporters. (CNN)


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