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Fact-checking Donald Trump’s RNC acceptance speech

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 9:43 PM

Donald Trump, who is no stranger to speech fiascos, had a draft of his prepared statement for the Republican National Convention leaked hours before he took the stage.

After his campaign team repeatedly scraped through the document to make sure it wasn’t plagiarized, according to the New York Times, Trump, in his speech, promised to “present the facts plainly and honestly.”

Here are six parts of the reported draft that were about as real as Trump’s “publicist,” John Miller.

“Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement”

Nationwide, violent crime is actually at its lowest point since 1970, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, and the number is steadily declining.

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Donald Trump, in a leaked copy of his speech draft, promised to “present the facts.” We decided to check them.

Donald Trump, in a leaked copy of his speech draft, promised to “present the facts.” We decided to check them.

(JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

“In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50%”

Assuming the billionaire is referring to Washington, D.C., 2016 murders have actually decreased by 9%, from the same date in July in 2015, according to the city’s police department

Trump could be referring to a 54% increase in D.C. murders from 2014 to 2015, but he’s ignoring the fact that overall crime actually dropped 4% that same year. Murders have actually been gradually decreasing since 2008, when President Obama took office, until the 2015 spike.

“In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map”

The terrorist group, which has roots going as far back as 2004, renamed itself to the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006. The extremist organization was established by Sunni terrorist Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, according to the National Counterterrorism Center.

Trump claimed that ISIS did not exist until Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.

Trump claimed that ISIS did not exist until Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.

(Reuters)

“Libya was stable. Egypt was peaceful.”

Libya’s relationship with the United States has been tense for the last 35 years, despite a May 2006 attempt at diplomacy from the Bush administration. The nation claimed responsibility for a 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, killing 270 people. Even after the opening of diplomacy between the U.S. and Libya in 2006, the relationship remained in turmoil, according to a 2011 Congressional report.

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Egypt was anything but peaceful in the years leading up to 2009, with the nation having consistently violated human rights for decades. The country had been involved in multiple political assassinations, kidnappings, cases of torture and violent protests for several years, the U.S. Department of State reported in 2010.

The Republican nominee also claimed that Egypt was peaceful.

The Republican nominee also claimed that Egypt was peaceful.

(FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

“America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world”

Not even close. On a list of 34 nations by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States doesn’t even crack the top 30. The only countries that have lower taxes than the U.S. are South Korea and Chile. Countries like Denmark, Belgium and France are taxed almost twice as much as the U.S.

“Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons”

The Iran Deal signed by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany was literally written to suspend Iran’s nuclear program for a decade.

Those were just the claims that Trump presented as facts. In other parts of the speech, he also makes lofty promises like guaranteeing an end to all crime if he’s in the White House.

Read Donald Trump’s leaked RNC speech draft in its entirety 

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