In light of Monday night’s political face-off with Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, people for and against the Republican candidate are searching for information on “Donald Trump’s religion,” “Donald Trump’s issues,” and “Donald Trump facts.” Several news outlets have been sharing important facts to know about each of the candidates. Although these facts are educational and imperative for voters, many of the facts turned out to be quite negative. For facts about Donald Trump, including Donald Trump’s views on important topics, here’s what you need to know.
He Misrepresents Facts
Virginia-based American political-journalism site, Politico did an extensive fact-checking piece on both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Tonight’s political debate between the two candidates has viewers anxious to hear what each of them have to say.
According to Politico’s five-day analysis, Trump misrepresented facts at least once every three minutes and 15 seconds over the course of almost five hours of remarks! These remarks included everything from false pronouncements, like how he opposed the war in Iraq before its genesis, to petty ones like accusing Clinton of copying him by holding rallies with her airplane in the background. The amount of polling leads and primary victories were also exaggerated. These were only a few of the thoroughly-detailed points listed by Politico. The article lists the areas in which Trump spoke inaccurate facts: Economy, Health Care, Security, Refugees/Immigration, Hillary Clinton, Trump (himself), The Polls, and The Media.
He’s the Cover Boy for Controversy
It comes as no surprise that Trump is known for making inflammatory and controversial remarks about various topics. A report by The Fiscal Times mentioned his insults towards Mexican immigrants and the denouncement of news reporters as two examples. He relishes in the spotlight, often saying comments to keep himself in news headlines, regardless of the consequences or backlash he receives.
According to The Fiscal Times, one controversy he participated in starting was the “birther” movement, which questioned President Obama’s birthplace. He went so far as to investigate Obama’s native Hawaii to find proof for his accusations. Although Obama released his birth certificate to debunk the rumors, Trump was still doubtful, calling it a “so-called birth certificate, or whatever it was.”
He Taunts His Opponents
On Saturday, September 24, Donald Trump threatened to invite Gennifer Flowers to Monday’s presidential debate, in a taunt against Mark Cuban, according to CNN. For those who don’t know, Gennifer Flowers was the woman with whom Bill Clinton admitted to having an affair with decades ago. It all started in an exchange of Twitter comments on Saturday, when Clinton supporter and Trump antagonist, Mark Cuban expressed his plans to sit in the front row of the debate, thanks to an invite by Hillary Clinton. Trump responded in a tweet, “If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers right alongside of him!” Flowers posted a tweet afterwards that read, “Hi Donald. You know I’m in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!” ending the message with a “kiss” emoji.
Trump’s comments immediately sparked a media fire, but the Trump campaign corrected his statement saying Flowers was not officially invited.
He has a Lawsuit Against Him
According to Snopes, rumors began to circulate the Internet in April 2016 that Donald Trump and billionaire, Jeffrey Epstein were either sued for $100 million or arrested for soliciting sex acts from a 13-year-old girl, under the pseudonym Katie Johnson, at sex parties back in 1994. Johnson filed documents on April 26 in a California court accusing them of “sexual abuse under threat of harm” and “conspiracy to deprive civil rights,” according to Radar Online. The lawsuit was dismissed a month later due to technical filing errors. On June 20, Gothamist reported the plaintiff had refiled a similar complaint, but for a second time it was dismissed (voluntarily this time) on September 16. All of the information about the case comes from the Katie Johnson alias, and according to Snopes no one else has identified, located or interviewed her. The in-depth facts can be found on the Snopes website.
He’s a Believer in “Positive Thinking”
According to an article called, “Donald Trump, Man of Faith,” by Matthew Schmitz, Trump was raised with a Presbyterian and Protestant background, which explains his views against gambling, smoking, and stimulants like drugs and alcohol. That being said, Trump does not abide by the moral principles of the Christian faith. During his campaign, Trump has expressed several times that he has never asked God for forgiveness. Considering that is one of the most fundamental aspects of the faith, people are wondering where his moral and spiritual views stem from.
Schmitz revealed that Trump was a big fan of Norman Vincent Peale, “a man whose philosophy would become Trump’s own.” If that is truly the case, Pearle’s book, The Power of Positive Thinking, seems to be Trump’s religious foundation. Schmitz’ article also correctly identifies where Pearle’s theory contradicts the Christian gospel. The Week summarizes those points eloquently:
“And here’s the Trump connection, Schmitz avers: Trump ‘has taken Peale’s teaching to its logical conclusion.’ In Trump’s case, positive thinking has convinced him that he’s so awesome, he no longer (or maybe he never did) recognizes himself as a sinner, which means he doesn’t have sympathy for the ‘losers’ around him and feels free to look down on them.”
It will be interesting to see what Trump has to say for himself in tonight’s face-off against Hillary Clinton. Be sure to watch the presidential debate tonight, on September 26, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.