Table 2.

Trump and unattributed items and their corresponding explanations.

item numbertrump itemunattributed itemexplanation
misinformation 1Donald Trump said that there are 30–34 million illegal immigrants residing in the USAThere are 30–34 million illegal immigrants residing in the USAAccording to the Department of Homeland security's most recent estimate, the number of illegal immigrants currently residing in the USA is 11.4 million people. In 2014, the Pew Research Center placed this number at 11.3 million people, while the Center for Migration Studies estimated approximately 11.0 million individuals
misinformation 2Donald Trump said that the real unemployment rate is between 24 and 48%The real unemployment rate is between 24 and 48%The US Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the official unemployment rate is 5.5%. There are more lenient measures of unemployment that includes people who have part-time jobs but would prefer full-time work, and people who are not looking for work. If these individuals are included, the unemployment rate only rises to 10.8%
misinformation 3Donald Trump said that the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate has never been below zeroThe gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate has never been below zeroThe GDP growth rate indicates how much a country's production has increased in comparison to the previous year, and is an indicator of a country's economic strength. The US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that there were 42 occurrences since 1946 where the US growth rate was below zero
misinformation 4Donald Trump said that vaccines cause autismVaccines cause autismThere is strong consensus in the scientific community that vaccines are not linked to autism. For example, one study by the Danish Epidemiology Science Center tracked all children born in Denmark from 1991 to 1998 and concluded that there was no increase in the rate of autism for vaccinated as opposed to non-vaccinated children
fact 1Donald Trump said that the US debt is $18 trillionThe US debt is $18 trillionEach day the US Department of the Treasury releases the exact amount of US debt. The debt currently sits at $18.15 trillion. The public holds $13 trillion, which is debt held by individuals and corporations. A further $5 trillion is intra-governmental debt, which is the government borrowing from federal trust funds
fact 2Donald Trump said that the US spent $2 trillion on the war in IraqThe US spent $2 trillion on the war in IraqA report by the Watson Institute found that as of 2013, the US spent $1.7 trillion on the war in Iraq. While the appropriations for the war were under $800 billion, the Watson report also included the cost of disability, Defense Department base spending costs and homeland security expenditures attributed to Iraq
fact 3Donald Trump said that the USA is ranked 26th in the world in educationThe US is ranked 26th in the world in educationThe Program for International Student Assessment is a test for children 15 years of age. It is administered every three years, and largely focuses on math, reading and science. The most recent test was administered in 2012, when the USA ranked between 24th and 35th on the three measures, scoring below average in each category
fact 4Donald Trump said that Nabisco, the company that manufactures Oreo cookies, is moving jobs to MexicoNabisco, the company that manufactures Oreo cookies, is moving jobs to MexicoNabisco is a food snack company that is known for products such as Oreos and Ritz crackers. It announced that it will open a new factory in Mexico, rather than investing the $130 million in their current factory in Chicago. Over the next year, half the workers at the Chicago-based bakery will lose their job, which totals 600 employees