AP’s Dishonest Trump ‘Fact Check’ Gets Slammed by Former Dem


The establishment media spreading lies about President Donald Trump is nothing new.

Witnessing those outlets get called out by former Democratic staffers, however, is truly a beautiful sight to behold.

Giancarlo Sopo, a former aide to former Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida, called out The Associated Press for publishing a blatantly dishonest story on Tuesday.

The article was titled “Trump says suicides will increase ‘by the thousands’ if economy stays closed — experts say he’s wrong,” clearly disregarding a mountain of scientific evidence to the contrary.

Trump made these comments while explaining the necessity of weighing the cost of the ongoing pandemic against the potential economic catastrophe that could ensue if the nationwide quarantine continues for months on end.

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“We’re — we’re going to win the battle, but we also have — you know, you have tremendous responsibility. We have jobs, we have — people get tremendous anxiety and depression, and you have suicides over things like this when you have terrible economies,” Trump said in a Tuesday coronavirus briefing, according to a White House transcript of his remarks.

The AP’s attempted refutation of these claims was exposed by the former Democratic staffer.

Sopo released his cutting comments in a Twitter thread on Thursday.

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“The @AP should retract this ‘fact-check,'” Sopo wrote.

“The title claims ‘experts’ disagree with President Trump on rising suicides during recessions. But that’s not what the article says.”

The former Democrat went on to point out that only one expert had been cited in the article. And according to Sopo, she did not disagree with Trump but only said that she was unsure of his claims.

Sopo proceeded to share a number of studies that supported Trump’s assertion.

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Three studies conducted by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the Journal of Economic Psychology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, respectively, all supported the notion that economic downturn is correlated with increasing suicide rates.

Sopo’s takedown of the misleading article comes with a fair bit of credibility given his history as a member of the left-wing party.

He explained his decision to leave the Democratic party during a 2018 interview with The Blaze founder Glenn Beck.

“Now it’s become a club for the professionally offended and the socialists,” Sopo told Beck.

“I don’t want anything to do with that.”

The left-wing media’s continued insistence on defaming Trump regardless of the truth is alienating numerous supporters like Sopo.

We couldn’t be happier to have them on our side, especially when they’re willing to call out the establishment media’s lies.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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