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Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Claims in New Hampshire Primary Speech

By Michael Scholis, student reporter

Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Photo Courtesy of Unsplash.

Former President Donald Trump recently made several claims during a speech following the
New Hampshire primary, and we fact-checked these statements using information from USA
Today and CNN.

Claim 1: Trump’s 3 Wins in New Hampshire The claim: A Facebook post on Jan. 23 stated
that Trump is the first candidate in history to win the New Hampshire primary three times. Our
rating: False. This post, shared over 200 times before deletion, is inaccurate. Richard Nixon won
the state’s Republican primary three times between 1960 and 1972, and Franklin Delano
Roosevelt won the Democratic primary four times under a previous format. (Source: USA

Claim 2: 2020 Election The claim: Trump repeated false statements about the 2020 election,
including the assertion that they used Covid to cheat. Facts First: Trump’s claims are false. He
lost the 2020 election fair and square to Joe Biden. There is no evidence of widespread fraud.
(Source: CNN)

Claim 3: Democrats and Taxes The claim: Trump stated that Democrats want to raise taxes
times four. Facts First: This is false. Biden and other top Democrats are not proposing anything
close to quadrupling taxes. An analysis found that Biden’s tax plan would raise taxes by an
average of $2,290 or reduce taxable income by 2.3 percent. (Source: CNN)

Claim 4: General Elections in New Hampshire The claim: Trump asserted that he has always
won New Hampshire in both primaries and general elections. Facts First: False. He lost New
Hampshire to Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020 in the
general elections, though he did win the Republican primary each time. (Source: CNN)

Claim 5: Primary Voters The claim: Trump criticized New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu,
alleging that Democrats were allowed to vote in the Republican primary. Facts First: Misleading.
Democrats were not allowed to vote, and the claim is misleading at best. While nearly 4,000
former Democrats switched affiliations before October 6, it’s unclear how many actually voted.

Also, New Hampshire has a history of open primaries for independents. (Source: CNN)
In summary, fact-checking reveals that several claims made by Donald Trump during his New
Hampshire primary speech are false or misleading. It’s essential to scrutinize statements made by
political figures to ensure accurate information reaches the public.

May 13, 2024

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