Home Correction letter Fact check: Missouri Attorney General’s scathing letter to Biden begins with false statement

Fact check: Missouri Attorney General’s scathing letter to Biden begins with false statement


Schmitt’s first paragraph in the letter, which he printed on Attorney General’s letterhead and posted on twitter, Facebook and Instagram, read: “Welcome to Missouri. This would be your first visit as president to one of the 25 states that voted for President Trump in 2020. It took almost a year. in the rest of the country. “
Biden landed at an airport in northern Kentucky in July, and spoke to the state governor there, before heading to neighboring Ohio for official events. (Former CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, a longtime presidential travel tracker, Noted Kentucky stop in a November tweet.) People can decide for themselves whether a brief stop at the airport means Biden has visited nine Trump 2020 states. Either way, Biden has been involved in activities more extensive in the other eight.

The report didn’t say what Schmitt said

Schmitt used the qualifier “apparently” before the false claim that Missouri was the first 2020 Trump state Biden visited as president. But that did not improve the lie. At best, Schmitt or his associates misread the report they purported to quote.

Schmitt spokesman Chris Nuelle said in an email to CNN that the claim was based on an article in political publication The Hill. But as Nuelle acknowledged, the relevant phrase in The Hill was actually about Biden’s presidential trip with the specific purpose of promoting infrastructure law, not all of Biden’s presidential trips.

Here’s what The Hill does reported: “As Biden has visited other states including New Hampshire, Michigan and Minnesota in a bid to tout the $ 550 billion infrastructure measure, Missouri will be the first such visit to a state who voted for former President Trump in the 2020 election. “

Schmitt’s letter – in which he also criticized Biden over the economy, immigration, and the Covid-19 pandemic – remained on his social media accounts without any corrections on Thursday afternoon, more than 20 hours after the journalists pointed out that it started with something wrong. Schmitt had around 32,000 followers on Twitter and around 42,000 on his campaign Facebook page, plus around 9,500 on the official Facebook page where the letter was also posted and around 900 on Instagram.