Title Title
Fact check: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich's tweets Fact check: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich's tweets
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The former Labor Secretary's tweets are a mix of true but misleading, false and one unconfirmed The former Labor Secretary's tweets are a mix of true but misleading, false 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 University of California, 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 University of California, Berkeley.</strong>
Here are two recent tweets: Here are two recent tweets:
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1012187109174665216 https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1012187109174665216
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1043593519783280641 https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1043593519783280641
<strong>Claim 1:</strong> <strong>Claim 1:</strong>
His first tweet, from June of 2018, claims 27 percent of Americans are Republicans. His first tweet, from June of 2018, claims 27 percent of Americans are Republicans.
According to a Gallup poll in June, <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx">27 percent</a> of Americans considered themselves Republican and 29 percent considered themselves Democrat, while 43 percent considered themselves independent. However this overlooks those independents who were "leaners", that is, those who tended to vote Republican yet are not registered Republicans. According to a Gallup poll in June, <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx">27 percent</a> of Americans considered themselves Republican and 29 percent considered themselves Democrat, while 43 percent considered themselves independent. However this overlooks those independents who were "leaners", that is, those who tended to vote Republican yet are not registered Republicans.
According to <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx">Gallup</a>,  Republicans combined with Republican leaners comprised 42 percent of the total population, compared to 47 percent for Democrat and Democratic leaners. According to <a href="https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx">Gallup</a>,  Republicans combined with Republican leaners comprised 42 percent of the total population, compared to 47 percent for Democrat and Democratic leaners.
We rate this claim<strong> True, </strong>while misleading. We rate this claim<strong> True, </strong>while misleading.
<strong>Claim 2:</strong> <strong>Claim 2:</strong>
"[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>.
<strong>Claim 3:</strong> <strong>Claim 3:</strong>
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 Rosenstein was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/politics/rod-rosenstein-republicans-testify/index.html">joking</a> (<em>CNN</em>). Another individual 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 Rosenstein was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/politics/rod-rosenstein-republicans-testify/index.html">joking</a> (<em>CNN</em>). Another individual in the room when Rosenstein allegedly made the statement said he was serious (See <em>Today</em> link above).
We rate this claim <strong>Undetermined.</strong> We rate this claim <strong>Undetermined.</strong>
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