Sanders Falsely Claims that the US Has The Highest Child Poverty Rate In The World
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During the third round of Democratic primary debates on Thursday, socialist Bernie Sanders made the false claim that the United States has the highest child poverty rate in the world.
"We are the wealthiest country in the history of the world. And yet, we have the highest child poverty rate of almost any country on Earth," Sanders said. "We have teachers in this country who are leaving education because they can't work two or three jobs to support themselves."
Sanders also promised that every single teacher in America would make a salary of $60,000. One little problem. A quick Google search reveals that the average public school teacher salary in America is $60,477.
Check out what ABC News reported:
Sanders pledged that under his administration that every teacher in America will make at least $60,000 a year. He said that many teachers are choosing to leave education because of the low pay.
"We are the wealthiest country in the history of the world. And yet, we have the highest child poverty rate of almost any country on Earth," he said. "We have teachers in this country who are leaving education because they can't work two or three jobs to support themselves."
Several candidates, including Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, also advocated for raising teacher salaries-- something Cory Booker noted that "we actually did it'' as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
Sanders also spoke about higher education saying that student debt is an "incredible burden on millions and millions of young people" and that he plans to "cancel all student debt in this country."
Warren also promoted student debt cancellation plans. Harris, a graduate of a historically black university or college, noted her proposal to put $2 billion toward the institutions' teacher training programs, drawing applause from the audience at Texas Southern University, a Houston HBCU.
False statements, misstatements and gaffes seemed to be the overall trend of the third round of Democratic debates.
At one point, former Vice President Joe Biden made yet another embarrassing gaffe when he referred to himself as "congressman," a title he has never had.
“I’ve been involved from the beginning, as a young congressman — councilman, I introduced legislation to try to keep them from putting a sewer plan in a poor neighborhood,” Biden said while discussing criminal justice.
During his entire political career, Biden has never been a congressman so it's surprising that he would even accidentally refer to himself as one. Before becoming Vice President in 2009, Biden served as a United States Senator, not a congressman.
Another lie during the debate came when Andrew Yang claimed that legal immigration has dropped in America.
“My father grew up on a peanut farm in Asia with no floor, and now, his son is running for president,” Yang said. “That is the immigration that we have to be able to share with the American people. … I would return the level of legal immigration to the point it was under the Obama-Biden administration.”
Legal immigration has not dropped under Trump, in fact it has continued on it's overall trend of 1.2 million legal immigrants a year.
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