Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., falsely claims Saturday that Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, was “caught” by former President Donald Trump, even as the terrorist leader was assassinated by US forces during the Obama administration.
“Well, President Trump was in power. We didn’t have a war and I think he made three peace treaties,” she said last weekend at a rally in his home country. “I caught Osama – Osama bin Laden and Soleimani, Al Baghdadi. And this president is weak. And I will tell you that weakness breeds aggression. We need strength.
“We need someone who will stand up for America and bring America back to the fore like President Donald J. Trump did when he was in office,” McClain added.
Qasem Soleimani, the former Iranian general, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the former Iraqi leader of the Islamic State, were killed following military directives issued under Trump. However, bin Laden was killed in an Obama-led raid in 2011, while Trump was still hosting his NBC reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice.” At the time, Biden, who was vice president under Obama, opposed the raid, saying it was too risky.
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Apart from his claims about Bin Laden, McClain has brandished a number of other lies about the US economy.
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On the one hand, the Michigan lawmaker pointed out that unemployment is at a “40-year high,” a claim that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Biden led the country through a record fall unemployed, from 6.2% when he took office to 3.9% in January this year. Under Trump, on the other hand, employment hit 14.7% at the height of the pandemic, the highest on record since the Depression era.
McClain also suggested U.S. employers are facing a “labour shortage,” a Republican talking point often attributed to what the GOP saw as overly generous unemployment benefits in 2020. But according to a broad survey report According to a Glassdoor senior economist, Daniel Zhao, employers generally fail to provide adequate compensation and working conditions to attract the number of talents they seek.
“I would say labor shortage is kind of a tricky term because it implies that there are no workers available,” Zhao told Insider. “And what we do know is that there are a significant number of workers on the sidelines who would be ready to return to work if the conditions were right.”
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