Fact-checking the final presidential debate

9NEWS @ 9. 10/19/2016

KUSA - Our team of researchers fact-checked claims made on stage at the final presidential debate Wednesday night.

CLAIM (by Clinton): the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns and so they wanted people with guns to safely store them.
VERDICT: Misleading
The law was not only about storing firearms, the law banned handguns in the city.

CLAIM (by Trump): Hillary Clinton wanted the wall, Hillary Clinton fought for the wall
VERDICT: True, but needs context
This is not necessarily “The Wall” in Trump’s definition.
Clinton did support a 2006 law as a senator that called for the construction of more fencing along the border. The bill was passed and signed by President George W. Bush.

CLAIM (by Clinton): Trump used undocumented workers to build the Trump Tower
VERDICT: True
Undocumented Polish workers did help build the Trump Tower in New York, though Trump still denies knowing about it.

CLAIM (by Clinton): I will not add one penny to our national debt
VERDICT: Not likely

The Committee for a Responsible Budget says that both candidates “would worsen the debt relative to today’s level as well as projected levels under current laws.” However, Clinton’s plan would keep levels closer to projected levels based on current laws. The committee projects that Trump would add $11.5 trillion to the national debt. 

CLAIM (by Clinton): Half of all undocumented immigrants pay federal income tax.
VERDICT: Likely True
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates between 50 and 70 percent of undocumented immigrants pay personal income taxes.

CLAIM (by Trump): You can rip a baby out of a womb at 9 months
VERDICT: Out of context 
Some states allow abortions until a fetus is viable, generally 22-24 weeks, while other states specify that abortion will only be allowed up to 25 weeks of gestation. Only 4 doctors in the country will perform an abortion after 24 weeks. 

CLAIM (by Clinton): Trump even said the Emmy’s were rigged when he didn’t win
VERDICT: True
Trump claimed the Emmy’s had no credibility in 212 when The Apprentice did not win. 

CLAIM: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized for comments she made about Donald Trump.
VERDICT: True

Justice Ginsburg told the New York Times that she couldn’t “imagine what this place would be — I can't imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president."

She later apologized for sharing her opinion during a interview with NBC News.

"Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect,” Ginsberg said.

CLAIM: Chicago has the toughest gun laws and worst crime
VERDICT: Needs Context

While the city did have strict gun control laws in place under former Mayor Richard M. Daley , some have been overturned in recent years.

In 2012 a federal appeals court struck down Illinois’ concealed carry ban. In 2014, Chicago also passed an ordinance allowing retail gun stores, ending a longtime ban.

CLAIM: Clinton claims Trump would punish women who had an abortion if the procedure was outlawed.
VERDICT: True

Trump said there should be “some form of punishment for women who seek the procedure out” during an interview with MSNBC.

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