Well, this must be a welcome sight for team Trump this morning…
The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler gave Hillary Clinton his worst rating — 4 Pinocchios — after she claimed that Donald Trump once said that the U.S. auto industry “didn’t really matter very much” at a rally in Detroit on October 10:
“Nobody should be surprised, because back in the Great Recession, when millions of jobs across America hung in the balance, Donald Trump said rescuing the auto industry didn’t really matter very much. He said, and I quote again, ‘Let it go.’ Now, I can’t imagine that. I supported President Obama’s decision to rescue the auto industry in America.”
And now for the Fact Check: Bogus!
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) October 18, 2016
The Pinocchio Test
Clinton is creating an imaginary Trump here, claiming that Trump didn’t really care about the auto industry.
The record is clear that Trump in 2008 was supportive of rescuing the auto industry, saying the government should do everything it could to save it: “You just can’t lose Chrysler, you can’t lose Ford, and you can’t lose General Motors.” He touted DIP financing, but he was relatively agnostic about the preferred path.
Even in 2015, when Trump seemed more uncertain about the preferred option, he said “you could have done it the way it went.” Clinton twists his “let it go” comment out of context and pretends he said it in 2008.
Clinton earns Four Pinocchios.
Stop lying, Hillary.