During her RNC speech, Trump tried to warn Americans about the dangers of “socialism” using a quote from Abraham Lincoln. Unfortunately, it was fake.
Abraham Lincoln once famously said: America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Trump isn’t the first person to attribute these words to the former president.
In fact, its origins appear to be a Facebook meme, popular with conservatives.
5. Suggested accepting refugees was the “downfall” of Germany.
In 2015, Angela Merkel kept Germany’s borders open as more than a million asylum seekers reached western Europe after fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trump described this as “one of the worst things that ever happened” to the country while appearing on Fox News four years later. She said:
It was the downfall of Germany. It was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany.
This president knows that, he’s trying to prevent that from happening here.
Trump’s comments sparked a backlash, not only because of her disparaging comments about refugees, but also because people pointed out that far "worse” things have happened to Germany, including the Nazi regime and the Holocaust.
6. Tried to discourage the Democrats from running against Trump.
Trump’s 2020 election prediction turned out to be very wrong. In March, she told Sky News:
I do believe that Donald Trump is going to win by more in 2020 than he did in 2016. I think the reality is it will be so stupid for people to spend their money, to waste their money and time and effort right now, to try and run against him.
I actually don't understand why there are so many people that have gotten in the race on the Democrat side. I always want to tell them - wait until 2024. Wait till he's out. You're not going to beat Donald Trump.
Perhaps they weren’t so stupid after all.
7. Congratulated Trump for his “incredible” response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Appearing on CNN, Trump said:
The president has done … an incredible job with the coronavirus