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June 18, 2019

President Trump made some pretty big promises Tuesday night during a rally in Orlando.

The event marked the official launch of his re-election campaign, and during his nearly 90-minute speech, Trump vowed that if he gets a second term, "we will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases, including cancer. We will eradicate AIDS in America, and we're very close."

Trump made several false claims, including that he passed the largest tax cut in history — it was the eighth largest, and smaller than two of former President Barack Obama's tax cuts, The Washington Post has noted — and that the unemployment rate has never been lower (it was 3.6 percent in May, but as low as 2.5 percent in 1953).

Trump railed against socialism, said Democrats are "more unhinged" than they ever have been, and in a moment straight out of 2016, he criticized Hillary Clinton, which triggered the crowd to start chanting, "Lock her up! Lock her up!" In one sign that Trump might be ready to leave the past behind him, he asked the audience to help him decide between sticking with "Make America Great Again" as his slogan or switching to "Keep America Great." By the amount of cheers, The Guardian reports, it was apparent the crowd preferred KAG to MAGA. Catherine Garcia

October 10, 2018

Just a few weeks ahead of the midterms, President Trump is now hammering Democrats as "radical socialists."

In an op-ed published Wednesday in USA Today, the president specifically criticizes "Medicare-for-all," the idea of having one government-funded health insurance program that's available to all Americans, as Medicare is currently available to seniors. Some Democrats propose Medicare-for-all as a way to ensure universal coverage and improve benefits for seniors.

Trump claims that in practice, though, this idea would actually be "Medicare for None" because it would "inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care" and would mean seniors would lose access to the doctors they want. There are several Medicare-for-all proposals out there, some of which would not eliminate private insurance.

The president in this op-ed also claims that the "centrist Democratic Party is dead" and the party now consists of "radical socialists" who want to "model America's economy after Venezuela." This is part of a continued push to "paint Democratic candidates as extreme" ahead of the midterms, The Associated Press reports.

Read Trump's full op-ed at USA Today. Brendan Morrow

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