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Mon Sep 16, 2019, 08:21 AM

Eric Trump's Four-Pinocchio claim that the Obamacare website cost more than Trump's border barrier

Source: Washington Post

Eric Trumpís Four-Pinocchio claim that the Obamacare website cost more than Trumpís border barrier

By Glenn Kessler
September 16, 2019 at 6:28 a.m. EDT

ďPresident Trumpís wall costs less than the Obamacare website. Let that sink in, America.Ē

ó Quote attributed to comedian Tim Allen in an Instagram post by Eric Trump

Eric Trump, one of the presidentís sons, has quite a following on social media, so his posts attract a lot of attention. This particular one achieved nearly 80,000 likes within days.

But there are two big problems. First, itís factually incorrect. Second, while Allen is a conservative, he did not say this. A query to the Trump Organization, where Trump is executive vice president, for comment did not receive a response.

The Facts

First, letís deal with Allen. There was a Tim Allen ó unrelated to the actor ó who on Aug. 25 posted a lengthy diatribe on Facebook that included this line. This Tim Allen describes himself as a jewelry technician who lives in Franklin, Va. But that did not stop thousands of people from distributing his post as coming from the actor.

As it turns out, the day before Allenís post, singer Ted Nugent posted virtually the same list of statements. Nugent urged people to share the post.

So there was a celebrity involved ó just not the actor Tim Allen. Marleah Leslie, Allenís publicist, confirmed to our colleagues at FactCheck.org that Allen did not write the post.


Read more: https://beta.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/16/eric-trumps-four-pinocchio-claim-that-obamacare-website-cost-more-than-trumps-border-barrier/

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