Here is a look at some of the misleading claims made in this ad campaign.
In one of his ads, Biden says that Trump “proposes to eliminate a tax that pays nearly half [of] Social Security with no way to compensate for this shortfall.”
The facts first: While it’s true that Trump suggested scrapping the payroll tax, his comments were confusing. He said he would forgive any deferred payroll taxes and eliminate the tax altogether. Trump suggested that economic growth would cover the cost of eliminating the tax, which is highly doubtful.
“Abolition of the payroll tax”
At a press conference on August 12, Trump said that if re-elected, “we will end the payroll tax. So that will mean between $5,000 and even more per family.”
Earlier in the press conference, Trump said that if elected, he would “completely and utterly forgive all deferred payroll taxes without, in any way, shape or form, harming Social Security — that money will come from the fund.” general”.
Later John Roberts of Fox News asked Trump “if you permanently cancel the payroll tax, how do you pay for Social Security?”
Trump said “we’re taking it out of the general fund” later suggesting “huge” economic growth would cover the loss in payroll taxes.
Moreover, only Congress can end the payroll tax and it is 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 payroll tax. end of the year.
“Why would we ever let Biden kill countless American businesses, jobs and our economic future?” the ad continues.
The facts first: It is misleading. Biden was responding to a hypothetical scenario, not offering a national shutdown.
The clip is from an August 21 ABC interview 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 that the United States should be shut down now. Moreover, the president cannot unilaterally shut down the country. They can offer advice and take other action, but their power to monitor restrictions put in place by states is limited.
CNN’s Tara Subramaniam contributed to this article.