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Fact check: Robert Reich's tweets Fact check: Robert Reich's tweets
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Reich's tweets are a mix of half truths, falsehoods and one unconfirmed  Reich's tweets are a mix of true but misleading, falsehoods and one unconfirmed
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<strong><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Reich">Robert Reich</a> is the former Secretary of Labor under president Bill Clinton (1993-1997). He is also the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC at Berkeley. </strong> <strong><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Reich">Robert Reich</a> is the former Secretary of Labor under president Bill Clinton (1993-1997). He is also the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC at Berkeley. </strong>
Here are two tweets from this year, Here are two tweets from this year,
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1012187109174665216 https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1012187109174665216
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1043593519783280641 https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1043593519783280641
<em>Claim 1:</em> <em>Claim 1:</em>
His first tweet (from June of 2018 but pinned to the top of his Twitter) claims 27% of Americans are Republican. His first tweet (from June of 2018 but pinned to the top of his Twitter) claims 27% of Americans are Republican.
According to a Gallup poll from that month, 27% of Americans considered themselves Republican (and 29% considered themselves Democrat, while 43% considered themselves Independent). However that number ignores the Independents who are "Leaners", that is, those who tend to vote Republican yet are not registered Republicans. According to <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx">Gallup</a>, by adding Republicans and Republican Leaners, we get 42% of the population (compared to 47% for Democrat and Democratic leaners). According to a Gallup poll from that month, 27% of Americans considered themselves Republican (and 29% considered themselves Democrat, while 43% considered themselves Independent). However that number ignores the Independents who are "Leaners", that is, those who tend to vote Republican yet are not registered Republicans. According to <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx">Gallup</a>, by adding Republicans and Republican Leaners, we get 42% of the population (compared to 47% for Democrat and Democratic leaners).
We rate this claim <strong>Half True</strong>.  We rate this claim<strong> True </strong><strong>but misleading</strong>.
<em>Claim 2:</em> <em>Claim 2:</em>
"[T]he vast majority of Americans disapprove of Trump" "[T]he vast majority of Americans disapprove of Trump"
"Vast majority", as contrasted with "simple majority", is used to mean overwhelming majority. According to <a href="https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/the-vast-majority-of-something">Longman Dictionary</a>, "vast majority" is used: "Vast majority", as contrasted with "simple majority", is used to mean overwhelming majority. According to <a href="https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/the-vast-majority-of-something">Longman Dictionary</a>, "vast majority" is used:
<blockquote>when you want to emphasize that something is true about almost all of a group of people or things</blockquote> <blockquote>when you want to emphasize that something is true about almost all of a group of people or things</blockquote>
According to the poll tracking site, <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com">fivethirtyeight</a>, Trump's <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/">disapproval ratings</a> for June 2018 were in the low 50s. According to the poll tracking site, <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com">fivethirtyeight</a>, Trump's <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/">disapproval ratings</a> for June 2018 were in the low 50s.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dh20yH7UYAAnAab.jpg:large https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dh20yH7UYAAnAab.jpg:large
We rate this claim <strong>False</strong>. We rate this claim <strong>False</strong>.
<em>Claim 3:</em> <em>Claim 3:</em>
Deputy Attorney General <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Rosenstein">Rod Rosenstein</a> "considered invoking 25th amendment to remove Trump". Deputy Attorney General <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Rosenstein">Rod Rosenstein</a> "considered invoking 25th amendment to remove Trump".
Rosenstein denied this (source: <em>Today</em>). Rosenstein denied this (source: <em>Today</em>).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a4ihUY75_Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a4ihUY75_Y
Two people at the Justice Department said he was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/politics/rod-rosenstein-republicans-testify/index.html">joking</a> (<em>CNN</em>). One person in the room when Rosenstein allegedly made the statement said he was serious (See <em>Today</em> link above). Two people at the Justice Department said he was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/politics/rod-rosenstein-republicans-testify/index.html">joking</a> (<em>CNN</em>). One person in the room when Rosenstein allegedly made the statement said he was serious (See <em>Today</em> link above).
We rate this claim <strong>Unconfirmed</strong>. We rate this claim <strong>Unconfirmed</strong>.
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