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No candidate received 50 percent of the vote in Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election, so the top two vote-getters now face off in a June 20 runoff. Nevertheless, both parties claimed a moral victory -- spinning the facts to make their points.
President Donald Trump blamed the Obama administration for allowing "bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S." due to "weak illegal immigration policies." The MS-13 gang was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s and had spread across the country years before Barack Obama was elected president.
On the morning of the special House election in Georgia, President Trump fired off two tweets that were critical of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. Trump claimed Ossoff “will raise your taxes,” but we could find no evidence of Ossoff proposing any broad-based tax increases.
Sen. Bill Cassidy said William Wilberforce, a late 18th century British politician, "pushed the sale of beer" to successfully combat "drunkenness related to gin" in England. But Wilberforce wasn’t born until after the so-called gin epidemic had ended in the early 1750s, and its conclusion wasn't due to beer.
President Donald Trump wrongly boasted that Toyota's plan to invest over $1 billion in its largest manufacturing plant in Kentucky would "not have been made if we didn't win the election." A Toyota spokesman told us the car company had long been planning to make the investment.