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Fact-Checking The Second Presidential Debate

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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump discussed topics including national security, taxes, and their ongoing personal scandals in a contentious town hall presidential debate Sunday. The Onion evaluates the truthfulness of their claims:

“We are great because we are good.” -Hillary Clinton

We are great because we have a massive nuclear arsenal.

“And I will tell you, Hillary Clinton is raising your taxes, folks. You can look at me. She’s raising your taxes really high.” -Donald Trump

False, but everybody is pretty comfortable with this one.

“There is no evidence that any classified information [in my private emails] ended up in the wrong hands.” -Hillary Clinton

Proven false by our father-in-law’s rambling 2,000-word Facebook tirade.

“I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia.” -Donald Trump

Antonin Scalia was a once-in-a-lifetime paragon of judicial wisdom whose like shall never again grace this earth.

“I want a Supreme Court that will stick with marriage equality.” -Hillary Clinton

True as of 2013.

“She got caught in a total lie, her papers went out to all her friends at the banks, Goldman Sachs and everybody else, and she said things, WikiLeaks, that just came out. And she lied. Now she’s blaming the lie on the late, great Abraham Lincoln.” -Donald Trump

While this is true, the question was about Aleppo.

[Applause] -Debate audience


“We’ve seen him rate women on their appearance, ranking them from one to 10.” -Hillary Clinton

This is a disservice to Trump’s highly nuanced system of ranking women according to both their physical attributes and responsiveness to his advances.


“Thy soul is by vile fear assailed, which oft so overcasts a man, that he recoils from noblest resolution, like a beast at some false semblance in the twilight gloom.” -Donald Trump


“Nobody has more respect for women than I do.” -Donald Trump

This one was a little freebie for our fact-checkers.