Here’s a look at some of the misleading claims made in this ad blitz.
In one of his ads, Biden says that Trump is “proposing to eliminate a tax that pays for almost half [of] Social Security without any way of making up for that lost revenue.”
Facts First: While it’s true that Trump has suggested doing away with the payroll tax, his comments have been confusing. He has said he would forgive any deferred payroll tax and also that he would completely eliminate the tax. Trump has suggested that economic growth would cover the cost of eliminating the tax, which is highly doubtful.
“Terminating the payroll tax”
In an August 12 press conference, Trump said that, if he was reelected, “we’ll be terminating the payroll tax. So that will mean anywhere from $5,000 to even more per family.”
Earlier in the press conference, Trump said that if elected he would “completely and totally forgive all deferred payroll taxes without, in any way, shape or form, hurting social security — that money is going to come from the general fund.”
Later, Fox News’ John Roberts asked Trump “if you permanently rescind the payroll tax, how do you pay for Social Security?”
Trump said “we’re taking it out of the general fund” later suggesting that “tremendous” economic growth would cover the loss of the payroll taxes.
Additionally, only Congress can terminate the payroll tax and it’s unclear, with the House controlled by Democrats and the difficulty of rallying Senate Republicans behind such a proposal, how Trump would get rid of the tax by the end of the year.
‘Shut it down’
“Why would we ever let Biden kill countless American businesses, jobs and our economic future?” the ad continues.
Facts First: This is misleading. Biden was answering a hypothetical scenario, not proposing a national shutdown.
The clip comes from an ABC interview on August 21 where Biden was asked what he would do if experts told him to shut down the country if he was president. Biden said, “I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists.”
Biden was not suggesting the US should be shut down right now. Additionally, the president can’t unilaterally shutdown the country. They can offer guidance and take other measures, but their power to control what restrictions states put in place is limited.
CNN’s Tara Subramaniam contributed to this article.